Do due diligence before signing on with a service line warranty program

The Fort Worth Water Department is aware of at least four companies — Home Services USA, American Water Resources of Texas, Dominion and Utility Service Partners — that offer service line warranty programs. Some are contacting Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by the city. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. For water lines, customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the meter. For sewer lines, the customer’s responsibility begins at the property line.

The Water Department is not endorsing any of these companies because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

To learn more, contact the Water Department at 817-392-4477.

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Summer Fun in Southlake Before Heading Back to School

Summer is winding down, which means kids will soon be heading back to school. Before packing those backpacks, there is still enough time to squeeze in a few activities to make the most out of summer break. 

The Southlake Parks and Recreation department has been offering exciting camps to keep kids entertained all summer long, but there are only a few opportunities left to participate. As part of the Youth Camps, young padawans can learn engineering concepts while having fun with the force during Jedi Engineering with LEGO® and Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO®, August 1-5. Included in the Sports Camps lineup, kids can get plenty of exercise and learn teamwork during the Dodgeball Camp, August 15-18.
If your kids love the great outdoors, the Bob Jones Nature Center offers fun and educational opportunities for getting back to nature. From conducting experiments to creating art in nature, kids will learn how wildlife and humans are connected during the Bob Jones Nature Center Summer Day Camps, Tuesdays through Fridays now until August 12.  Kids of all ages will enjoy a guided observation of stars, constellations, planets and galaxies. Young astronomers and their families are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and snacks.
Active little athletes can develop skills for a life-long sport during the Southlake Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camps.  With different classes for different ages, young players learn proper techniques for all strokes and how to play points, as well as enjoy drills, tennis-related games and match play. The last week to score a spot at one of these camps is August 15-19.
Aspiring young aviators will be fascinated with the  Taking Flight: How Aviation Changed North Texas and Southlake  exhibit on display in Southlake Town Hall. On loan from the Tarrant County Archives and sponsored by the Southlake Historical Society, the exhibit showcases North Texas aviation through colorful panels, photos, maps and memorabilia. The free exhibit will remain in the lobby of Town Hall and in the Southlake Library through August 20.
The entire family can have fun and get fit for a worthy cause during the 8th Annual Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk & Roll on Saturday, August 20 at Central Market in Southlake. Benefitting the Neuro Assistance Foundation, events include a 1-Mile Run/Walk/Roll at 7:30 a.m., a 5K Handcycle at 8:00 a.m., and a 5K Run/Walk/Roll at 8:05 a.m., with a special youth category for kids 12 years old and younger. Registration includes a full hot breakfast from Central Market, featuring hatch chile breakfast tacos, hatch quiche, roasted potatoes, fruit, juice and coffee.
Send your kids back to school in style. Shop Southlake during Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday, Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7. Most clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100 will be tax-free!With many stores in Southlake Town Square having back to school sales in addition to the tax-free weekend, shoppers can save big on school essentials and kids can feel confident about going back to class dressed to impress.

There are just enough days left to make fun summer memories before the school bell rings. Make plans with your kids to enjoy a few of these exciting activities in Southlake. For more information, go to www.VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.

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