City Conducting Smoke Testing on Wastewater System

In an effort to improve the quality of our wastewater collection system, the city has contracted with Burgess & Niple to perform smoke testing in various locations to detect breaks and defects in the sanitary sewer system. Over the next few days, you may see smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. The smoke is harmless, has little odor, and creates no fire hazard. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements. Burgess & Niple personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. You do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business. Please see the map and flyers below for additional information on the smoke testing. Should you have any questions regarding this testing, please contact the City Service Center at (972) 780-4900 or Gerald Boman of Burgess & Niple at (512) 626-9485.

 

Infrastructure Improvements Underway

Your Public Works Department has been busy with infrastructure improvements throughout the city. Many of these projects are currently under construction or have recently been completed such the erosion control improvement project at Lions Park. The existing retaining walls along Horne Branch were lengthened approximately 200 feet to prevent further erosion along the south bank at a cost of approximately $119,528.00.

The FY2016 Water/Wastewater Improvements Project along Roma Drive between Greenstone Lane and West Ridge Drive is almost complete. This project includes the construction of approximately 2,100 linear feet of 8 inch water line and 2,100 linear feet of 10 inch and 8 inch wastewater line, the placement of 730 tons of asphalt pavement, and 1,500 square yards of reinforced concrete pavement. This project is budgeted at $956,848.00 but is anticipated to be completed at a significantly reduced cost. Approximately 50% complete are the FY2016 Wastewater Improvements and Sidewalk Improvements Projects. The wastewater improvements project will install 8,100 linear feet of sanitary sewer by pipe bursting at a cost of approximately $1,229,738.00. The sidewalk improvements project will provide new sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, and a new hike and bike trail through Lakeside Park from Mizell to Center Streets at a cost of $356,215.00.

 

Keeping Up with the City’s Infrastructure

The Wastewater Department began its Annual Manhole Rehabilitation program again this fall. Aging sewer manholes throughout the city made from brick, concrete, fiberglass, or a combination of the three, need attention. Manholes suffer cracks, breaks or separations caused by age, ground shifting, and excessive weight from traffic, allowing groundwater to enter the sewer system. This equates to lost money and an inefficient system.

In 2004, the Wastewater Department started using information obtained from sanitary sewer surveys to attack leaking and failing manholes. A yearly program was implemented to identify failing structures so they could be rehabilitated by spray lining. These photos show manholes treated with spray lining.

The city currently budgets $65,000 annually to rehabilitate these failing structures, equating to approximately 30 to 50 manholes each year. Spray lining is a cost-effective, non-intrusive way of saving our sewer infrastructure. The products used provide a long-lasting, leak-free barrier. Our goal is to provide money saving efforts in keeping our infrastructure up-to-date and maintained. The Wastewater Department also tries to keep up with changing technology to cause the least amount of service disruption and give the longest life possible out of our system.

 

City Completes Annual Asphalt Overlay Program

The Public Works Department recently completed its annual asphalt overlay program. Asphalt concrete pavement is a bound layer of coarse and fine aggregate and asphalt binder that allows water to run off the surface area, minimizing seepage and further deterioration to soil beneath the roadway surface. This process will add additional life to our streets and provide a smooth riding surface.

The overlay program consisted of placing 5,698 tons of asphalt on 14 streets. These streets included portions of Meadowglen Drive, Southwood Drive, Meadowwood Drive, Villa Creek Drive, Big Stone Gap, Greenstone Lane, Greenstone Court, Greenstone Circle, Florence Drive, Plateau Drive, Plateau Circle, Venice Drive, Lodema Drive, and Lodema Circle.

To best use citizens’ tax dollars, the work was done using Dallas County’s competitive bidding process. Using this process results in a 15% to 20% savings compared to using an independent contractor. The work was completed at a cost of $392,612.

Should you have any questions regarding the asphalt overlay program or the services the Public Works Department provides, please contact Jon Bunner, Civil Engineer, at 972-780-5008.

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Call 811 Before You Dig: It is the Law! Calling 811 Reduces Risk of Damaged Utility Lines by 99 Percent

Did you know that, before you dig, it is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked? Atmos Energy wants to thank homeowners and excavators alike for observing the law and keeping our communities safe by always calling 811 before digging.

Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care around all line markings by digging by hand.

“The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said John Paris, president of Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex division. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”

Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chance of hitting an underground utility line decreases to 99.9 percent. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig.  Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.

“Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015. We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law. Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property,” said Paris.

For more information, visit atmosenergy.com/811 or call811.com.

Equipment Services Receives New City Vehicles and Equipment

As a part of the FY2016 Budget, Equipment Services received approval to purchase several replacement vehicles and pieces of equipment, a few of which have already been received. The equipment received is one Toro Sand Pro bunker rake, to be used by the Parks Department, as well as two V-box sand spreaders and a concrete saw for the use of the Streets Department.  Vehicles received include three F-150 pickup trucks for the Equipment Services, Streets and Water Departments. One F-450 cab/chassis with a service body was also received for the Wastewater Department and one F-350 cab/chassis with a service body for the Water Department.  In addition, there are six new Patrol SUV Police Interceptors currently in the process of having police equipment installed.

These units are a vital part of the City’s operation and are essential in the day-to-day activities of the City. The vehicles and equipment are used in maintaining integrity of City streets, the quality of water, the flow of wastewater, and the protection of the citizens.  The bunker rake is used in maintaining the ball fields used by citizens and athletic associations.

There are a total of twenty-one vehicles and pieces of equipment being purchased this year. More deliveries are expected in the near future for the rest of the vehicles and equipment ordered.  If you have any questions regarding Equipment Services, please call Asa Low at 972-780-5062.

Brush Pickup Delays

Republic Services is working diligently to pick up the high volumes of brush that are being placed at the curbs for pickup. Due to the extra volume, brush pickup could take up to three weeks.

Please place large piles of brush in front of your house at the curb in the following manner:

• Cut brush in lengths of 6 to 8 feet.
• Stack brush loosely at the street curb.
• Brush piles should be free of metal, wire, trash and/or fencing material.
• Be mindful of where you place the pile to avoid damage to anything above, around and under the pile that may not be seen by the operator.
• Keep piles at least 6 feet from mail boxes, utility poles, fire hydrants, cars, or any other obstructions that could potentially be damaged and/or cause a delay in service.

If you have only a small amount of brush, please place it in your normal trash pickup location in the following manner:

• Brush, limbs, tree trimmings, shrubs, and vines must be cut in lengths not to exceed 4 feet.
• Brush, trunks and limbs cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter.
• Stack neatly with a height not to exceed 3 feet.
• Secure in bundles with a weight limit not to exceed 50 pounds.
• Stack with garbage

If your small brush piles were not picked up with your normal trash collection, or to learn when Republic is scheduled to be in your area for large pickup, please contact Jessica Smith, Solid Waste Coordinator, at 972-780-4946.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 24, 2018, with overflows in the vicinities of the 700 block of Forest Lane; 400 Block of South Alexander; and intersection of Allen and South Alexander, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek. This SSO event is a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. The overflows were observed at 9 pm and stopped at 1:05 pm on October 25.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 15, 2018, and October 16, 2018, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek, Horne Branch Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Ten Mile Creek Tributary 11 in the vicinities of:

Areas of continuation from October 15:

  • 300 block of Cedar Creek
  • Little & South Main
  • Austin Stone Apartments
  • Allen & S. Alexander
  • 300 block of S. Horne
  • 100 block of S. Venice
  • 700 block of Forest
  • 400 block of S. Alexander
  • 400 block of Falling Leaves

New areas as of October 16:

  • 400 block of Shorewood
  • 500 block of W. Center
  • 400 block of Calder
  • 200 block of S. Venice
  • Merribrook Trail & Memory
  • Merribrook Trail & Harrington
  • 500 block of Towne Place

These SSO’s are a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall, and they are still overflowing.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 15, 2018, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek, Horne Branch Creek and Ten Mile Creek Tributary in the vicinities of:

  • 300 block of Cedar Creek
  • Little & South Main
  • Austin Stone Apartments
  • Allen & S. Alexander
  • 300 block of S. Horne
  • 100 block of S. Venice
  • 700 block of Forest
  • 400 block of S. Alexander
  • 400 block of Falling Leaves

These SSO’s are a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. City personnel were notified of the overflow at 11 am, and they are still overflowing due to rainfall.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.