Main breaks leave Hardin without water

Hardin residents awoke to no running water Monday. Two early-morning water main breaks have drained Hardin’s water tower, according to City Clerk Patty Lam.  The main breaks have also canceled classes at Hardin-Central school due to a lack of water pressure.

A water main break was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Monday around Olive and 1st streets and another at 7 a.m. on Parkway and Northwest 3rd streets, Lam said. The town was already under a boil order for a Saturday water main break, which has been fixed, according to Lam. School officials signaled Sunday it would have held class Monday, supplying students with bottled water, before the latest breaks occurred. Students who attend vocation-technical school are in session Monday.

She says it will take some time for the tower to refill to allow for water testing.

“We have to be above 20 psi before we can get a (water) sample. It may take a couple of days to get that pressure to take a sample,” Lam said.

Although the town is connected to the rural water district, it is required to fix its own delivery lines because they’re located inside the city limits, she said.

Residents can get current information on water main breaks and boil orders by signing up for the city’s phone textcaster service. To enroll, go online to, click on “textcaster” in the right-hand menu and fill out the form.

– JoEllen Black/Richmond News


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