Fort Worth facility receives Peak Performance Award

Fort Worth’s Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) was recognized last week for 27 years of 100 percent discharge permit compliance by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

“To have 100 percent compliance for this length of time is a testament to our current and former employees. Their dedication enables our community to thrive by doing water right every time,” said Fort Worth Interim Water Director Kara Shuror.

NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards recognizes NACWA member agency facilities for excellence in permit compliance. This recognition program consists of three categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver. Village Creek WRF was received the Platinum Award, which recognizes facilities that have achieved 100 percent permit compliance for a minimum of five consecutive years. Gold Awards are presented to facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year. Silver Awards are presented to facilities with no more than five violations per calendar year.

Only two other facilities in the country are recognized for equal or longer compliance records – 27 and 28 years. Both are significantly smaller than the Village Creek plant, which is permitted for 166 million gallons of average daily flow. NACWA recognized 471 Peak Performance Award facilities during the Association’s 2017 Utility Leadership Conference.

“The Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility is an outstanding example of environmental efforts. NACWA is honored to showcase the achievements of the Fort Worth Water Department and our nation’s public wastewater utilities through the Peak Performance Awards Program,” said Adam Krantz, NACWA’s Chief Executive Officer.

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Design of infrastructure improvements for the Overton Woods area moving forward

The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 to update residents on the Overton Woods sewer, drainage and street improvements planned for the area. The meeting will take place at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road.

A new storm drain system and sanitary sewer system is being constructed on Bellaire Drive from Briarhaven Road to the Trinity River. Roundabouts are also included on Bellaire Drive and Overton Woods.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mike Bennett at 817-392-7891.

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Sidewalk, bike lane construction coming soon on 10th Street

Construction gets underway soon on improvements along 10th Street that will benefit pedestrians and bicyclists.

The project includes constructing sidewalks along the north side of 10th Street from Fournier Street to Forest Park Boulevard. Improvements will be made to the pedestrian crossing at Forest Park Boulevard and 10th Street to provide a connection to the Trinity Trails.

The project also includes installing a two-way bicycle track from Penn Street to Forest Park Boulevard.

Work will be completed this fall. Project cost is estimated at $182,000 with funding coming from the 2014 bond program.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Lissette Acevedo at 817-392-2722.

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Joint reserve base training exercises could mean increased noise levels

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in west Fort Worth will be conducting military training exercises July 30-Aug. 11. These exercises will include night flight operations of KC-135s flying between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. nightly.

A reserve base spokeswoman said these exercises could involve increased aircraft noise.

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Construction to start on Infrastructure improvements in the Greenfield Acres area

The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 to discuss installation of a water line, replacement of the existing sewer line and construction of an underground storm drain system in the Greenfield Acres area. The meeting will take place at Legacy Baptist Church, 5500 Boat Club Road.

Construction is scheduled to begin this month and last approximately one year.

An underground storm drain system will be constructed on Cindy Lane, from Ten Mile Bridge to North Ridge Road, and on East North Hill Lane. The existing storm drain on the west end of South Ridge Road will be upsized and a new storm drain with two detention ponds will be constructed on the east end of South Ridge Road. A water line will be installed on Cindy Lane, and the existing wastewater line will be replaced along Cindy Lane and South Ridge Road.

After construction is complete, Cindy Lane will be repaved.

This $5.3 million project is being funded from the stormwater bonds and water and sewer capital project funds.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Steven Eubanks at 817-392-7857.

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Water line improvements scheduled for Southside, Riverside and Oakhurst areas

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave., to discuss water service line improvements on the following streets:

  • Smilax Avenue from cul-de-sac to cul-de-sac.
  • Rouse Street from Emma Street to North Sylvania Street.
  • Kentucky Avenue from Bessie Street to Broadway Avenue (repaving only).

After the utility lines have been replaced, the roadway will be repaved.

Construction is scheduled to begin October 2017 and last approximately 12 months.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Walter Norwood at 817-392-5026.

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Cooling stations offer respite from summer heat

Need relief from the heat? Fort Worth’s community centers serve as cooling stations for residents who need shelter from the heat.

Find the community center nearest you and check hours of operation. Libraries are another place to keep cool while you enjoy a magazine, find a summer beach read or surf the web.

In addition, the Salvation Army opened a cooling station at 1855 E. Lancaster Ave.

Learn how to avoid heat illnesses.

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Mobile Rec program brings swimming lessons to Fort Worth children

More than 500 Fort Worth children are learning to swim this summer thanks to a partnership between the city’s Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp program and the Fort Worth ISD.

The Rainwater Charitable Foundation provided funding to make the partnership possible, providing lessons to 280 children each day at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

By the end of July, more than 560 kids will participate in the lessons. The program ends July 27.

“It is amazing to see the kids’ excitement at learning to swim,” said program director Richard Sybesma, head swimming and diving coach at TCU.

The city’s Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp program is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department and the Fort Worth Independent School District. The program provides daily enrichment, recreational and cultural activities to students throughout the summer months, and is held at George C. Clark Elementary, Seminary Hills Park Elementary, Daggett Middle School and Paschal High School.

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Gain an in-depth look at firefighting in Fort Worth

The Citizens’ Fire Academy is accepting applications for a class that will be held Sept. 19-Nov. 14 in weekly classes. Deadline for applying is Sept. 5.

Established in 1995, the Citizens’ Fire Academy uses curriculum and teaching methods similar to those at the professional fire academy, but students will not be candidates for professional firefighting. Class members tend to be a cross-section of the Fort Worth community: homemakers, professional business people, retirees and neighborhood watch members who are eager to learn about the operation of the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Participants will become more familiar with the day-to-day operations of the department. Graduates can then choose to participate in future activities, such as Fourth of July operations and neighborhood fire patrols.

The training includes both classroom and practical instruction. Class members will meet in three-hour sessions weekly and will cover topics such as:

  • Firefighter selection process.
  • Fire safety education.
  • Fire communications.
  • Water rescue.
  • Fire prevention.
  • Code enforcement.
  • Fire investigation.

To learn more, contact the FWFD’s Public Education Section at 817-392-6862.

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