June 25, 2013

FW Water Department Meeting TONIGHT!

Per the FWWD website:

The Fort Worth Water Department needs your input!  Join us at public meetings to learn about our city's water supply situation, explore options for water management and offer your views.  The Water Department will share your feedback with the City Council in upcoming discussions about Fort Worth's water management plan.
City Manager Tom Higgins told City Council Members in a June 4, 2013 Informal Report, "During these meetings, participants will be provided overview information on water supplies—current and proposed—and water efficiency programs already in place.  Feedback will be obtained to assess attitudes about what measures should be in a conservation plan—things that should be done all the time and are long term—versus what measures should be in a drought plan—things only in place when water supplies are low and are short-term."
Everyone interested is invited to the meetings.  Parking is free, and refreshments will be served. 
  • North Fort Worth:  Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Heritage Trace Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Pkwy 
  • South Fort Worth: Thursday, June 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Unity Church of Fort Worth, 5051 Trail Lake Drive

June 4, 2013

ONA June Monthly Meeting: Vegetable Garden Tour

Respondents to the recent ONA program survey said they would like to visit a neighbor's garden to see what they're doing and socialize a bit.  So ONA is delivering by producing the June monthly meeting at the home of new Oakhurst residents Aaron Latchaw and Jessica Gonzales.  They have graciously agreed to open their backyard on Thursday evening, June 13 at 7pm for all vegetable garden enthusiasts!

One of the prime selling points of Oakhurst lots in 1924 was that "everything grows in the best sandy loam in Tarrant County"—here in Oakhurst.  It's fun to see the next generation discovering this about the neighborhood.  Come join us at 2105 Morning Glory Ave for tips, fun, and refreshments as we welcome summer.  Don't forget your bug spray to keep away the mosquitoes!

ONA June Monthly Meeting:  Vegetable Garden Tour
Thursday, June 13, 7pm
2105 Morning Glory Ave

June 2, 2013

Reminder: Stage 1 Watering Restrictions Take Effect Monday

Fort Worth is implementing Stage 1 watering restrictions effective Monday, June 3, due to low water supply levels.

What does this mean for you?

Residential landscape watering is limited to a two-days-per-week schedule, as follows:
  • Wednesday and Saturday:  Residential addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Thursday and Sunday:  Residential addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
As always, there is no watering permitted between 10am-6pm, no watering of hard surfaces, no watering during precipitation, and no waster water through runoff or missing, misaligned, or broken sprinkler heads.

Exceptions to the restrictions are as follows:
  • Foundations may be watered up to two hours per day on any day using a hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system placed within 24 inches of the foundation that does not produce a spray of the water above the ground.
  • Establishing new turf is discouraged.  If hydromulch, grass sod, or grass seed has been installed, a variance is required.
  • All users are encouraged to reduce the frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools.
  • All users are encouraged to use native and adapted drought-tolerant plants in landscaping.
  • Washing of any motorized vehicle (including a motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, etc.) is limited to the use of a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive-pressure shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.  Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station.
  • Supervised testing, repair, or maintenance of a sprinkler system is an exception to allow water to run more than 50 feet away from the property.
  • Discourage hosing of paved areas (sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, patios or other impervious surfaces), except to alleviate an immediate health or safety hazard.  No hosing of buildings or other structures is permitted other than for fire protection or surface preparation prior to painting.
Violations will receive an initial warning.  Repeat offenses will be subject to an irrigation system lock-out which carries an administrative fee.  Subsequent offenses may be issued a citation, with a fine of up to $2,000 per day.  Each day is considered a separate violation.

Questions?  Contact the City of Fort Worth at 817.392.4477 or visit www.fortworthtexas.gov.