New water main to service customers and cities in north Fort Worth

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at O.A. Peterson Elementary School, 2000 Winter Hawk Drive, to discuss installation of a new water main along Heritage Trace Parkway from Harmon Road to Wagley Robertson Road.

This new water main will serve customers in north Fort Worth and residents in Keller, Southlake and Trophy Club.

Construction is scheduled to begin September 2017 and wrap up by late May 2019.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Robert Sauceda at 817-392-2387.

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Targeted spraying for West Nile Virus in north and south Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is constantly trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, and number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in south Fort Worth in the area near Creekwood Lane, and in north Fort Worth in the areas near Rushmore Court and Fire Station 38 on Park Vista.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the city has decided to target ground spray to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying dates and times

Spraying will take place from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, and will be conducted within an approximate half-mile range of the trapping area. If a weather delay occurs on the first night, then spraying will be pushed to the following evening.

Creekwood Lane

Creekwood Lane area

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Creekwood Lane area of Fort Worth, zip code 76123, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Fire Station 38

Fire Station 38 on Park Vista

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the area of Fort Worth near Fire Station 38 on Park Vista, zip code 76244, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Rushmore Court

Rushmore Court

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Rushmore Court area of Fort Worth, zip code 76137, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

The chemical used in the spray is similar to that sold over the counter at hardware stores, however, it is 3,500 times less concentrated. The spray is not hazardous to humans, pets, fish or larger insects. It’s deactivated by sunlight at daybreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, residents are asked to keep pets indoors and to keep windows closed during spraying. Except for a visible mist at the nozzle of the unit, residents should not expect to see a “fog,” and the spray concentrate is so low that most people cannot even detect an odor.

All residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant in draining water sources that are breeding pools for mosquitoes, and to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Amping it up

In order to remain proactive when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in the Fort Worth area, the city is “amping up” testing and preventative maintenance.

Fort Worth Code Compliance officers will be canvasing the neighborhood within a half-mile radius from the testing site, looking for possible mosquito hazards, and removing them from public property.

Additionally, the city will be mowing high grass and weeds, and trimming trees on public property near the testing site within the coming days.

Code officers will canvas the area prior to and during spraying. Additional information is available by calling the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or visiting the city’s West Nile Virus page.

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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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Police department plans crime prevention activities in south Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Police Department’s crime prevention specialists have planned an auto etching event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5 at the South Division Headquarters, 3128 W. Bolt St.

To learn more, call 817-994-6924.

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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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Fort Worth still growing, continues to be 16th largest city

Fort Worth’s population is 854,113, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That makes Cowtown the 16th largest city in the country, with 12,062 more residents than Charlotte, N.C., as of July 1, 2016.

Fort Worth’s ranking has remained consistent at 16th since 2010, except for one year when Fort Worth ranked 17th.

While Fort Worth added more than 109,140 people since the 2010 Census base estimate, Austin is the fastest growing large city (more than 500,000 population), having added just over 136,845 people.

Other Texas cities in the top 20:

  • Houston, at No. 4, has 2,303,482 residents.
  • San Antonio, at No. 7, has 1,492,510 residents.
  • Dallas, at No. 9, has 1,317,929 residents.
  • Austin, at No. 11, has 947,890 residents.
  • El Paso, at No. 20, has 693,080 residents.

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Water line flushing occurring in north Fort Worth as a preventative measure

Daily monitoring has shown some lower than normal disinfectant levels in parts of the north Fort Worth water distribution system.

While the disinfectant levels are lower than normal, the water quality continues to meet all state and federal standards.

The Water Department is implementing the recognized best management practice for these situations – flushing the older water out of the system by opening fire hydrants. Flushing moves the new water with higher disinfectant levels to the affected parts of the distribution system. The city’s primary responsibility is to protect public health.

The large, white tablets used at the flushing sites are to remove chlorine from the water in order to protect aquatic life in nearby streams.

To learn more, contact the city’s Water Department Customer Service Center at 817-392-4477.

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Fort Worth partnering with businesses for greener practices, greater water efficiency

The Fort Worth Water Department is offering free, comprehensive water efficiency assessments for industrial, commercial and institutional customers.

The facility-wide assessments will evaluate all water use, including irrigation, cooling towers, metering, process water, bathrooms, showers, laundries, kitchen/cafeteria, outdoor fountains and more.

How it works

Before the site visit, a consultant will request information to help in the preliminary assessment of your water use. After the visit, a comprehensive report of the site assessment will be provided, typically within 30-45 days. This report will make it easy to see and consider best management practices. It will include recommendations of estimated savings in both water and money, with projected costs for implementation.

Although implementation of the recommendations is not mandatory, those options with three years or less return on investment are encouraged for consideration.

Smartwater Partner awards

These awards are open to businesses that implement any of the recommended strategies in the final report. Winners will be recognized for their leadership in water conservation at an annual awards ceremony in the fall.

To learn more, call 817-392-8740.

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TCC, Fort Worth ISD Students and Employees Receiving Free Vaqueros FC Tickets for May 20 Game

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 17, 2017) – High school and college students now have a reason to head to Farrington Field for a Fort Worth Vaqueros game.

 

Fort Worth ISD Night presented by Tarrant County College offers free admission to all students, faculty and employees of FWISD and TCC attending the May 20 match between the Vaqueros and Houston Dutch Lions. Saturday’s match at Farrington Field, 1501 University Drive, begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

All fans have to do is show a valid student or employee ID to gain admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one ticket per person with valid ID. Parents and friends may purchase tickets for $10, with 50 percent of ticket proceeds being donated to the FWISD Foundation.

 

For more information on this promotion, please call 817-200-7355 or visit www.fortworthvaqueros.com.

 

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