Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Water bubbles from beneath 2nd Street West in Hardin across from Lumberzacs as city worker Moses Gonzales helps to repair the water main.Hardin city worker Steve Hopes (right) and Rock Massine, assistant superintendent of public works, adjust one of four valves surrounding the location of water main breakage.

City crews fix broken water main in downtown Hardin

Hardin city workers closed off a one-block section of 2nd Street West between North Center and North Custer avenues Monday afternoon, owing to a bolt on an underground transition coupling that rotted off the water main. Once the 8-inch coupling failed, the pipe broke, causing some flooding problems along the street.
Lumberzacs, a nearby lumber store, took on water soon afterwards and one could see their personnel removing it from the area on Monday with a mop. While owner Zac Kruger declined comment, the store appeared dry by Tuesday afternoon as city workers finished digging a hole into the street to fix the main. The city turned the water back on at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“We had to basically shut the water off, turn all the valves off – there were four valves we had to isolate – and then we happened to dig right down on top of the leak,” said Rock Massine, assistant superintendent of public works. “We inspected it and ended up replacing the transition coupling with a new transition coupling.”
According Massine, temperature changes as winter warms up for spring had nothing to do with the break. As for damages, he said, the city is “looking into that.”
The City of Hardin has been fortunate, Massine said, as this is the first break for a water main this year. No other problem areas are suspected.