Heidi Bunch Pieces of an old concrete pipe lay discarded after a major water break sent 400,000 gallons of water down Hawthorne streets last Thursday. A boil water order remains in effect for some.

Heidi Bunch
Pieces of an old concrete pipe lay discarded after a major water break sent 400,000 gallons of water down Hawthorne streets last Thursday. A boil water order remains in effect for some.

Approximately 150 Hawthorne residents are on a boil water notice from Hawthorne Utilities after a water line main break leaves streets flooded.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, a six inch water main in the 100 Block alley of K and L Streets. The break flooded streets with 400,000 gallons of water in 30 minutes.

“This was the largest water break in recent history of Hawthorne Utilities,” Larry Grant, director of the utilities department told the Independent-News.

A boil water notice was put into effect in the Barney’s Edition; Mt. Grant Apartment complex; 100 block of L and M Streets as well as the 100 and 200 blocks of K and L Streets. To date, the notice has not been pulled and residents are still advised to boil their water before drinking.

According to Grant, the water main fracture was caused by “ground movement” in an old section of cement pipe. The six-inch pipe had the top portion of a three and a half foot section blew off due to the break. Grant stated that the break caused by “ground movement” could be contributed to heavy traffic such as garbage trucks or heavy equipment in the alleyway or the recent tremors caused by earthquakes.

“Thank you for the support of public works who were instrumental in controlling the situation. A good job to all Mineral County employees involved. No property damage or injuries were reported during this emergency,” Grant concluded.

The approximate cost of materials, man and equipment hours to fix the repair are valued at approximately $4,000. Grant did not give an estimate as to the cost of the water lost.

Customers can contact Hawthorne Utilities at 945-2488 with questions or concerns.