HARTFORD — The town of Hartford’s water woes are improving but not fixed.
The town of Hartford notified the Point Pleasant Register of a boil water advisory for the entire town until further notice on Feb. 11. This advisory was immediately placed in the newspaper and on the newspaper’s Facebook page. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 15, town officials not only reiterated this boil water advisory (this means a rapid boil for two minutes) for all water customers serviced by the town until further notice, but asked customers to conserve water, also until further notice.
Crews have been working to repair multiple leaks and to restore water service to customers. As of Monday evening, it was reported those residents remaining without water were relegated to the Hanging Rock Rd. area and an area near the golf course.
Although the Hartford water system is the responsibility of the town, the Mason County Public Service District has been providing some assistance, according to County Commissioner Rick Handley. Handley said he’d been told by staff at the Mason County PSD, the West Virginia Rural Water Association did deliver an emergency part to Hartford’s water plant Monday morning. The plant is up and running. PSD staff also told Handley the town was waiting on two more pumps, one of which has to be tailor made due to the age of the system and won’t be delivered until March 18.
Other officials have said the age of the system and the location of some of the leaks, one of which requires a right-of-way, have added to the problem - that right-of-way has been granted.
Also over the weekend, the Mason County Emergency Management Agency, New Haven and Mason fire departments, all pulled together in a joint effort to provide clean water to those in need. According to a firefighter in Mason on Monday, around 150 gallons of water were given away on Sunday though no one had shown up requesting water as of Monday afternoon - perhaps a sign things are getting better, at least for some in Hartford.
The fire departments are still providing water from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their respective stations though residents must bring their own containers. No bottled water is being distributed.
Also, the Mason County PSD has scheduled a special meeting of its board of directors to discuss the water problems in Hartford. The public meeting is at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the PSD’s Camden Ave. office in Point Pleasant.