Monthly Archives: February 2014

Water Wise Seminars

Plan to attend one or both of our FREE seminars Saturday, March 22, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center Auditorium (Building E), 17360 Coit Road, Dallas 75252. Click here  for directions and a list of nearby restaurants.

Landscape designer and author Bonnie Reese of Beautiful Landscapes  will be the speaker at both sessions. Attendees at each session will receive a copy of Ms. Reese’s book, “Common-Sense Landscaping” (hard copy or electronic version – limit one per household). Attendees can also enter a drawing for free bags of GreenSense organic fertilizer from Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store. There will be 3 drawings per session.

Water-Wise Landscape Design 101
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Whether you have a new landscape or plan to update an existing area, it is critical to begin with a good design. This program teaches the principles of landscape design with an emphasis on how to create a beautiful landscape that will save resources – natural and financial!

Fantastic Plants for North Texas
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Using colorful photographs, Bonnie demonstrates the natural beauty of native and adapted plants that thrive in the North Texas region. Learn when, where and how to plant each of the recommended plants, their size and height at maturity, seasonal color, texture and more. This program provides information on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and turf grasses.

Making a reservation
Space is limited, please register online at or by calling (214) 670-3155. Let us know which seminar(s) you would like to attend, and how many will be attending in your group.

Dallas City Public Hearing on Budget

The City of Dallas will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to receive citizens’ comments on the proposed FY 2014-15 Operating, Capital, and Grant/Trust Budgets. Members of the public wishing to make comments are invited to attend the public hearing, which will be held not earlier than 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Dallas City Hall, 6th floor, 1500 Marilla St.

Dallas City Mobile Collection of Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze

The City of Dallas will collect used batteries, motor oil and oil filters, latex paint, and antifreeze (BOPA) at its fourth mobile collection this Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Southwest Center Mall (3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road) at 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The City will give away free household cleaning products, which have been donated for reuse, in exchange for your BOPA.  Dallas residents and residents of hazardous waste member cities must bring a driver’s license or a utility bill to show proof of residency to participate.

For additional information including other scheduled dates for BOPA collections please visit

The City of Dallas BOPA mobile is in partnership with Dallas County Household Hazardous Waste and is prepared in cooperation with the North Central Texas Council of Governments through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Dallas County HHW member cities include:  Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, University Park, and unincorporated areas of Dallas County.

City of Dallas offers Free Irrigation System Checkup

FREE Irrigation System Check-ups Can Save You Water and Money

As a service to our customers, City of Dallas Water Utilities is conducting FREE automatic irrigation system check-ups.

As we move into spring, now is a great time to have your system inspected by one of our licensed irrigation system professionals. They will help you make seasonal adjustments to your programming in order to maximize water savings. Poor irrigation scheduling, systems operating inefficiently and overwatering are the primary sources of landscape water waste.

These check-ups can help improve the efficiency of your existing irrigation system by identifying:

  • Programming errors
  • Leaks in the system
  • Broken or misaligned equipment
  • Problems with pressure (too high or too low)
  • Coverage problems

As part of the check-up, the irrigation specialists may also make recommendations such as:

  • Programming suggestions
  • Turf water requirements
  • Possible equipment upgrades
  • Repair and maintenance tips

Our goal at the City of Dallas Water Utilities is to help you save water! All recommendations are subject to the homeowner’s discretion, but each recommendation could save you money.

Contact us to schedule your free check-up today by going to or call us at (214) 670-3155.

Dallas City Charter Review Commission Meeting

The Charter Review Commission will conduct community meetings Feb. 11 and Feb. 15 to receive public comments on the charter review process. Meeting times and locations are:
Tuesday Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Bachman Lake Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Road

Saturday Feb. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Martin Luther King Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.