Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dallas City Council Approves Twice Weekly Landscape Watering Ordinance

The Dallas City Council has approved an ordinance limiting the use of sprinkler systems to twice weekly. The ordinance will go into effect on Monday, April 23.

 

The conservation effort limits the use of automatic irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers to no more than twice per week, although hand watering, soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems can be used more often. Dallas residents and businesses are reminded that as in years past, the conservation ordinance prohibits watering with hose-end sprinklers and automatic irrigation systems between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through October 31. Residents are asked to program and maintain their automatic sprinkler systems to use water as efficiently as possible and reminded that automatic systems are required to have working rain and freeze sensors.

Landscaping experts say the average lawn in north Texas only needs about one inch of water per week, even during the summer. Watering deeply and infrequently is the best for a healthy landscape with deep roots. The City of Dallas will allow variances for additional watering periods for new landscaping and special circumstances.

 

Mayors of Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Irving held a regional water conservation press conference on April 11 to publicly support a move to make twice weekly watering guidelines the standard for the region following one of the worst droughts since the 1950s. For Dallas customers, current water supplies are anticipated to meet demand through 2035. Moving to a twice weekly effort is expected to extend water supplies to 2045.

 

For more information on water conservation efforts in Dallas visit www.SaveDallasWater.com or call (214)-670-3155.

City of Dallas Spring Round-up

City of Dallas Spring Round-up 2012
Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22 from 10am – 4pm
Fair Park Gate 9 at Earth Day Dallas
3501 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210

Dallas’ Waste Diversion Team is hosting a two-day recycling collection event to celebrate Earth Day and divert hard-to-recycle items from the landfill. Participants should bring their items to Gate 9 at Fair Park, and volunteers will help unload your car. All items will be recycled properly or donated for reuse. Electronics, textiles (clothing and shoes), toys, documents for destruction (limit 2 boxes), glass, paper, cartons, used cooking oil, hardback books, metals, auto and alkaline batters, small appliances, fluorescent/incandescent light bulbs, tires, plastics (#1-7), Styrofoam, packaging foam, bubble/shrink wrap, plastic bags and packaging. Please DO NOT bring household chemicals, paint, building supplies, pharmaceuticals, furniture or mattresses.

K104 FM’s Street Team will broadcast live from the event on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm with giveaways to listeners to promote the event. Volunteers will enjoy lunch provided by 7-Eleven and participants will receive a free slurpee. Do Earth. Do Good. Don’t Waste Today on Earth Day at Fair Park Gate 9 to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.    

This event is sponsored by the City of Dallas Sanitation Department and supported in part by 7-Eleven, K104 & 105.7 Smooth R&B, Earth Day Dallas, Fair Park Texas, City of Dallas Cease the Grease, Balcones Shred, Samsung, MRM Recycling, Universal Recycling Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, Greenstar Recycling, IESI, World Wear Project, Goodwill Dallas, and OKON Metals.

Early Zoning Application (no not for the vacant lot)

For those that are interested, we received notice that the owner of La Paloma restaurant (located on the South-West corner of Walnut Hill and the service road) is seeking to obtain a specific use permit to allow a second restaurant (with drive through) to be located in the same shopping area.  A copy of the application is attached.