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 13, 2018, with one in the vicinity of the 700 block of Forest Circle Drive and one in the vicinity of the 400 block of South Alexander, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek. This SSO event is a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. City personnel were notified of the overflow at 4:45 pm and were able to stop the flow around 11 pm.

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 May 29, 2017, at 1314 Meadow Green and 1239 Greenway Drive, flowing into creek 3A29. This SSO event is a result of vandalism as well as the City’s aging infrastructure.

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.

High Grass Season is Here: Guidelines for Plant Life in Duncanville

High Grass Season is Here: Guidelines for Plant Life in Duncanville

Given the lack of rain this winter, it may seem hard to believe that “high grass season” will soon be upon us. Yet every year, Duncanville’s Code Enforcement Officers are kept busy from mid-March through October monitoring the growth of grass, weeds and other vegetation in the City. As the season opens let’s review requirements and methods of enforcement, which are provided in Chapter 12, Article IV of Duncanville’s Code of Ordinances.

At its most basic level, this ordinance tells us that it is prohibited to allow “weeds, brush or any objectionable or unsightly vegetation” to grow to a height greater than 12 inches. In turn, “objectionable and unsightly” is defined as “all vegetation that is not regularly cultivated and exceeds 12 inches in height”, which would include grass.

This ordinance extends to all “real property within 150 feet of any property line which abuts street rights-of-way, alleys, utility easements, subdivided additions, developed property, or any buildings or other structures”. Thus, there are very few areas in the City that are not covered by these requirements.

Other points to remember with respect to grass and weeds:

  • Property owners or occupants are responsible for mowing all areas between their property lines and streets or alleys
  • Sidewalks and curb lines on and adjacent to one’s private property must be kept free of grass, weeds, and vegetation.

Chapter 12, Article IV also provides regulations pertaining to trees and other plant life. As a general rule, no plant life may be maintained in such a way as to constitute a traffic hazard or to obstruct the view of persons using public streets, alleys and sidewalks.

Trees are also subject to the following requirements:

  • Branches and foliage shall be trimmed to at least 14 feet above the surface of streets or alleys
  • Branches and foliage shall be trimmed to at least 7 feet above the surface of sidewalks and curbs
  • No trees or shrubs may be planted on City property along alleys
  • Branches and foliage shall encroach no more than one foot onto City property along alleys
  • All trees or parts of trees determined to be dead, diseased, damaged beyond the point of recovery or in danger of falling must be removed

In the event of a violation, the City is required to give the property owner and occupant seven days’ notice to comply with the requirements of the ordinance. If the owner or occupant fails to respond to this notice, the City may do whatever work is necessary to bring the property into compliance, charging the property owner for expenses incurred. If the owner fails to pay these expenses, an interest-bearing lien may be placed against the property. If the violation recurs within one year, the City may correct the violation, bill for expenses, and/or file a lien against the property without giving another notice.

A normal level of care and maintenance nearly always suffices to keep a property within the requirements of this ordinance. This in turn contributes to the beauty of the City, enhances property values and attracts investment in business and residential property. It’s easy to do your part to keep Duncanville beautiful! For further information contact your Code Enforcement Department at 972-780-5041.

DIY Plumbing Repairs Workshop

DIY Plumbing Repairs Workshop

Did you know that the average American home loses 14% of their water use to leaks? Attend our no cost, hands-on workshop to learn how you can perform do-it-yourself minor repairs to save water and help lower your water bill. Below are some of the topics that will be covered at the workshop:

  • Checking for leaky toilets and faucets
  • Replacing toilet flapper valves
  • Fixing leaky faucets
  • Installing faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads
  • Water Conservation tips

Joshua Knickerbocker, a licensed plumber with Dallas Water Utilities will be the instructor. After the main presentation there will be stations with hands-on displays where one can change a toilet flapper valve, install a low-flow shower head, change a faucet cartridge and install a faucet aerator.

Date:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Time:

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215

Making a reservation

Space is limited, please register online at SaveDallasWater.com or by calling (214) 670-3155.

Workshop sponsored by City of Dallas Water Utilities Conservation and City of Dallas Department of Park and Recreation.

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FY16 Wastewater Improvements by Pipe Bursting

FY16 Wastewater Improvements for reconstructing sewer lines in Colonnade-Pelt Hill Top Estates was completed in summer of 2017.  Sewer lines were reconstructed by pipe bursting method and included segments of sewer line on East Magnolia, Azalea, and East Jewel Lanes; Camellia Drive; Gardenia, Camellia, Katherine, and Kelly Courts; and Royal Avenue.

Sewer line reconstruction has also been completed for the Lakeside Park, Forest Hills, Hilltop and River Oaks Additions.  Sewer line reconstruction  occurred in segments of Skyline Drive, the intersection of Azalea Lane and Royal Avenue, Softwood Drive, and Lakeside park via pipe bursting.

The wastewater improvements were completed in the summer of 2017.

FY16 Water/Wastewater Improvements – Irwin Keasler Red Bird Addition

Construction has been completed for the new sewer line on South Lodema Lane, Joe’s Drive, Tanco Lane, and a portion of Frank Keasler Boulevard, an area currently served by septic system.  The line was installed by open cut method and connects to the Lodema Lane project constructed last fiscal year.

Construction has also been completed for the water line improvements on Lodema Lane from Frank Keasler Boulevard south of IH-20, Joe’s Drive from Frank Keasler Boulevard south to IH-20, Tanco Lane from Lodema Lane east to North Duncanville Road, and Frank Keasler Boulevard from Joe’s Drive east to Lodema Lane.  Improvements include 1,890 linear feet of 8-inch water main replacement by open cut.   The water lines replaced were 61 years old and constructed with obsolete materials by today’s standards.

The water and wastewater improvements projects were completed in the summer of 2017.