Neighborhood News

Updated July 6, 2017

The Hills celebrate the Fourth!

Eastern Hills, Brentwood-Oak Hills and White Lake Hills Picnics & Parades

Eastsiders celebrate the 4th of July wtih picnics and parades. Each year Eastern Hills and Brentwood-Oak Hills combine associations for a parade and picnic. Across the freeway, White Lake Hills has their parade and picnic. Special thanks to Firetruck 24 Crew, and Officer Lloyd Cook.

Water use is up this year

Posted July 5, 2017 – Water usage from 2017 is largely the same as last year until May, when usage showed a significant increase over 2016 levels. Many Fort Worth water customers are probably seeing higher bills, and the reason is simple: they’re using more water.

Fort Worth reports an 11 percent increase in usage for its system, which includes 30 surrounding communities. The other entities comprise 30-35 percent of overall system water use each year.

From January through June, system water use totals just over 3 billion gallons more than during the same period in 2016. The highest daily usage so far this year was 243.5 million gallons on June 21. That is well below the all-time record of 368 million gallons on Aug. 3, 2011.

“Weather plays a significant role in water use, especially in summer,” said Interim Water Director Kara Shuror. “Water use rises with the temperature, but all it takes is overcast skies for usage to drop. When it does rain, water use really plummets.”

Even though Fort Worth’s water supply lakes are almost full, Shuror reminded customers that each location has assigned watering days. The City Council adopted the year-round, twice-per-week schedule in 2014.

Reduce your consumption

There are steps customers can take to lower water use:

    Experts say deep and infrequent watering is the key to having a healthy lawn. All it takes is one inch of water every week.

    Customers in homes built before 1994 can apply to receive up to two free, ultra-low-flow toilets that use less than half the amount of water per flush. (Dditor's note: changing out the old toilets to the low flush model saved me $10 month. Well worth the effort to get them installed.)

    Only washing full loads of laundry or dishes, turning the water off while brushing your teeth or shaving and taking shorter showers all add up to lower water use.

Visit the Save Fort Worth Water website to learn about the Smart Irrigation and Smart Flush programs and other water-saving tips.

Soak up some knowledge to make  irrigation system more efficient

Posted July 5, 2017 – Learn smart ways to manage your home water use at the DIY Sprinkler Expo, a free workshop from 9 a.m.– noon, Saturday, July 8 at the Water Works Learning Center, 1801 Circle Drive.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Worth Water Department and other area agencies.

Sprinkler demonstration stations will show how to set your controller, convert to drip irrigation, make simple repairs and emergency retrofits and install and test sensors.

Master gardeners will present a series of Smartscape talks:

    9:30 a.m. Landscape design.

    10 a.m. Plant selection.

    10:30 a.m. Soil and maintenance.

    11 a.m. Ask a master gardener.

Attendees will receive a free water-efficiency tool kit.

Grant will help veterans with housing, utility needs

 

Posted July 3, 2017 – Fort Worth will receive a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission to implement the Forward Home veteran assistance program. Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners program, part of the Neighborhood Services Department, will administer the program.

The Forward Home grant will help Tarrant County veterans and their families by providing them with one-time rental/mortgage and utility payments, and up to five months of payment in arrears, to prevent homelessness. Veterans will be screened to determine their eligibility for other programs administered by Community Action Partners.

“We are elated to be able to administer the Forward Home veteran assistance program,” said Sonia Singleton, assistant director of Neighborhood Services. “The program is unique, because at the time we completed the grant, there were no other programs in the area that provided financial assistance to all veterans and their families regardless of era, branch of service, duty status and specific character of discharge.”

Learn more about the Forward Home program by contacting Singleton at 817-392-5774.

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• Appraisals complete!

• Inspections done & repairs made.

• Furnishings still available for sale.

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Prevention is key in fight against tick-borne diseases

Posted June 23, 2017 – Tickborne diseases are on the rise and prevention should be on everyone’s mind, particularly during the summer and early fall when ticks are most active.

From May through July, people will get more tick bites and tick-borne diseases than any other time of year in the United States. It’s especially important to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones (including pets) from ticks during this season, as well as any time during warmer months when you’re outside.

Lyme disease is the most widely-known disease carried by ticks. Other less known, but serious tickborne diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Powassan virus and babesiosis.

Protect against ticks

Taking steps to protect yourself and your family from getting a tick bite is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Whether you’re working, enjoying your yard, camping, hiking, hunting or otherwise in the outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that people:

  • Avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter and walk in the center of trails when hiking.
  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
  • Use products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents or look for clothing pre-treated with permethrin.
  • Treat dogs for ticks. Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and to some tick-borne diseases. They may also bring ticks into your home. Tick collars, sprays, shampoos or monthly “top spot” medications help protect against ticks.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find crawling ticks before they bite you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon returning from tick-infested areas. Parents should help children check thoroughly for ticks. Remove any ticks right away.
  • Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.

 

The female "lone star tick." While not all ticks carry the same diseases, ticks can be found in every state. (Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control)

 

 

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