City of Duncanville Welcomes New City Secretary, Police Department Welcomes Familiar Chief Operations Officer

Duncanville, TX – The City of Duncanville is pleased to welcome Juanita “Janie” Willman as the new City Secretary.

Ms. Willman comes to the City of Duncanville with knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during a career in Texas local government that dates back to January 1988. Her service to the citizens of Texas has spanned a number of municipalities over the past 34 years.

One of Ms. Willman’s several accomplishments in local government was serving as part of a neighborhood group that acquired a $1.2 million Community Model Blocks Grant using the City of Fort Worth’s competitive model blocks grant program. At the City of Fort Worth, she played an important role in the city’s Action Center, advocating for Fort Worth’s citizens to collaborate with the city’s traditional service structure.  She coordinated the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women’s annual banquet honoring the most prominent women in Fort Worth and Texas.  She also wrote a bracket bill that became part of the State of Texas legislative program extending taxation funding for street reconstruction. As a volunteer member of a consortium of cities, Ms. Willman also represented Texas utility ratepayers in Texas utility rate-setting cases.

Ms. Willman will be taking over the position of City Secretary from Kristin Downs, who served the City of Duncanville in that position for the last four years. Ms. Downs will be moving to the Duncanville Police Department to serve as the new Chief Operations Officer.

“I am incredibly happy to pass the torch to her,” said Ms. Downs. “I believe she will be a tremendous asset to the City of Champions. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have worked in the City Manager’s and City Secretary’s offices for the past eight years. I cannot wait for our citizens and leadership to see our accomplishments in the Duncanville Police Department.”

In her new role, Ms. Downs will serve as the executive assistant to the Chief of Police, supervise the Police Records division, assist in the execution of internal and external department communications, help organize department events, and oversee community engagement.

She brings to the Department a unique understanding of governance and its role in creating a vibrant community. Her knowledge of records management, budget preparation, and agenda preparation will prove to be valuable resources for Police Administration. The Department will also benefit from Ms. Downs’ eight combined years of experience with the City as it continues to develop its professional administrative standards.

Chief Mark LiVigni, who has worked closely with Ms. Downs over the last several years, stated, “We have talented employees throughout our department. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to add Kristin’s gifts to the Police Department. She brings an incredible skillset and cognizance of municipal government that will advance the Department.”

“The transition to the Police Department is an incredible opportunity for Ms. Downs, and it reflects the City’s efforts to develop an organization that attends to the needs of our community,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “We are recognizing people with talent, skills, and knowledge and putting them in the best locations within our organization to have the most immediate and positive impact. We are also recruiting talented people. As Ms. Downs begins to positively impact our Police Department with her knowledge and enthusiasm, we are excited to have someone as accomplished as Ms. Willman assume the City Secretary role.”

Janie Willman and Kristin Downs will officially assume their new roles on Monday, October 3, 2022.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

SBA Ofrece Asistencia de Desastres a los Negocios y Residentes del Estado de Texas afectados por Tormentas Severas e Inundaciones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred Aug. 22 – 25, 2022, announced Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Governor Greg Abbott on Sept. 13, 2022.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties in Texas.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Texas’s small businesses and residents impacted by the severe storms and flooding,” said Administrator Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “Beginning Monday, Sept. 19, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual complete their application,” Garfield continued. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated below until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

DALLAS COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Samuell-Grand Recreation Center

6200 East Grand Ave.

Dallas, TX  75223

Opens 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19

Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

DALLAS COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Balch Springs Recreation Department

4372 Shepherd Lane

Balch Springs, TX  75180

Opens 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19

Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.04 percent for businesses, 1.875 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Nov. 14, 2022. The deadline to apply for economic injury is June 14, 2023.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Préstamos federales de desastre a bajos intereses están disponibles para los negocios y residentes del estado de Texas que se vieron afectados por las tormentas severas e inundaciones que ocurrieron del 22 al 25 de Agosto de 2022, anunció la Administradora Isabella Casillas Guzman de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA por sus siglas en inglés). SBA decidió bajo su propia autoridad declarar un desastre en respuesta a la solicitud del Gobernador Greg Abbott recibida por SBA el 13 de Septiembre de 2022.

La declaración de desastre hace que la asistencia de la SBA esté disponible en los condados de Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall y Tarrant en el estado de Texas.

“El equipo impulsado por la misión de SBA está listo para ayudar a los negocios pequeños y residentes de Texas impactados por las tormentas severas e inundaciones,” dijo la Administradora Guzman. “Estamos comprometidos a proporcionar préstamos de desastre federales lo más rápido y eficientemente, con un enfoque centrado en el cliente para ayudar a los negocios y las comunidades recuperarse y reconstruir.”

“Préstamos federales de desastre a bajos intereses están disponibles para negocios de cualquier tamaño, la mayoría de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas, dueños de casas e inquilinos que sufrieron daños o destrucción en su propiedad por el desastre,” dijo Tanya N. Garfield, Directora del Centro Oeste de Operaciones de Terreno para Desastres de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios. “A partir del día Lunes, 19 de Septiembre, representantes de SBA estarán disponibles en los siguientes Centros de Promoción y Asistencia para Préstamos de Desastre para responder a sus preguntas sobre el programa de préstamos de desastre, explicarles el proceso de la solicitud y ayudar a cada persona a completar su solicitud,” agregó Garfield. Los centros estarán abiertos los días y horarios indicados a continuación hasta nuevo aviso. No es necesario hacer una cita.

CONDADO DE DALLAS

Centro de Promoción y Asistencia para Préstamos de Desastres

Samuell-Grand Recreation Center

6200 East Grand Avenue

Dallas, TX  75223

Se abre a las 9 a.m. Lunes, 19 de Septiembre

Lunes – Viernes, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

CONDADO DE DALLAS

Centro de Promoción y Asistencia para Préstamos de Desastres

Balch Springs Recreation Department

4372 Shepherd Lane

Balch Springs, TX  75180

Se abre a las 9 a.m. Lunes, 19 de Septiembre

Lunes – Viernes, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Negocios de cualquier tamaño y organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas pueden obtener préstamos hasta $2 millones de dólares para reparar o reemplazar bienes inmuebles, maquinarias y equipos, inventarios y otros activos. Además, SBA puede prestar fondos adicionales a negocios y dueños de casas para ayudar con el costo de mejoras para proteger, prevenir o minimizar que el mismo tipo de daños no ocurran en el futuro.

Para los pequeños negocios, las pequeñas cooperativas agrícolas, los pequeños negocios involucrados en acuacultura, y para la mayoría de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas de todos los tamaños, SBA ofrece Préstamos de Desastre para Pérdidas Económicas para ayudar a cubrir las necesidades de capital del trabajo causadas por el desastre. La asistencia para pérdidas económicas está disponible independientemente de si el negocio ha sufrido algún daño físico en la propiedad.

Los préstamos de desastres disponibles para dueños de casas pueden ser hasta $200,000 para reparar o reemplazar su residencia principal. Dueños de casas e inquilinos pueden solicitar hasta $40,000 para reparar o reemplazar su propiedad personal dañada o destruida.

Las tasas de interés de los préstamos pueden ser tan bajas hasta 3.04 por ciento para negocios, 1.875 por ciento para organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas y 2.188 por ciento para dueños de casas e inquilinos por plazos de hasta 30 años. Los montos y términos de los préstamos son establecidos por SBA y se basan en las condiciones financieras de cada solicitante.

Los interesados pueden llenar una solicitud en línea, recibir información adicional sobre asistencia de desastres y descargar la solicitud de préstamo en https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. También pueden comunicarse al Centro de Servicio a Clientes para Asistencia de Desastres de SBA marcando (800) 659-2955 o enviar un correo electrónico a disastercustomerservice@sba.gov para obtener mayor información. Para las personas con discapacidades auditivas o del habla, favor de marcar 7-1-1 para tener acceso al servicio de retransmisión de telecomunicaciones. Las solicitudes completadas en papel deben enviarse por correo a U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

La fecha límite para solicitar un préstamo por daños físicos es el 14 de Noviembre de 2022. La fecha límite para solicitar un préstamo para pérdidas económicas es el 14 de Junio de 2023.

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Sanitation Rate Changes Effective October 1, 2022

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the Duncanville City Council adopted the fiscal year 2022-2023 Fee Schedule, which includes a rate increase for services provided by Republic Services for solid waste pickup and Waste Management for landfill disposal services. As stated in their contract, Republic Services may request an annual increase based upon changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Fee increases, while managed by the city, are a pass-through expense from the provider to the customer.

The new rates listed below will go into effect on October 1, 2022.

SERVICE

CURRENT RATE

NEW RATE

AN INCREASE OF

Curbside service for single-family and duplex dwellings

$ 24.36

$27.04

$2.68

Alley service for single-family and duplex dwellings

$30.54

$33.90

$3.36

Curbside service for multi-family dwellings

$24.36

$27.04

$2.68

Alley service for multi-family dwellings

$30.54

$33.90

$3.36

Service for commercial accounts by residential trucks

$31.51

$39.70

$8.19

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your trash collection not answered here, contact Assistant Utilities Superintendent David Dunn at (972) 780-5079. Republic Services provides trash collection to Residential and Commercial customers and can be reached at (972) 225-4207.

Please visit the Trash Collection webpage to answer any additional questions and to view the Frequently Asked Questions page. Individual maps are available on the Trash Collection webpage.

Water Rate Increase

Water Rate Increase

ALL CHANGES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2022

On August 16, 2022, the Duncanville City Council approved Ordinance 2230R, increasing the water and wastewater rates effective October 1, 2022. The charts below reflect the new water and wastewater rates for both residential and commercial customers.

RESIDENTIAL WATER RATE CHANGES

Gallons Used

Current

Change

Senior Discounted

0-1000

2000-7000

8000-15000

16000-30000

31000+

$14.00

$3.76

$4.85

$5.98

$7.09

$15.82

$4.25

$5.48

$6.76

$8.01

$14.24

$3.82

$4.93

$6.08

$7.21

RESIDENTIAL SEWER RATE CHANGES

Current Fixed

Current Variable

Change Fixed

Change Variable

Senior Discount

Senior Variable Discount

$19.25

$8.22

$20.79

$8.88

$18.71

$7.99

These changes are per one thousand gallons and based on a winter month average. 

COMMERCIAL WATER RATE CHANGES

Gallons Used

0-1000

2000-7000

8000-15000

16000-30000

31000 and Above

Current

$14.80

$3.38

$4.41

$5.45

$5.45

Change

$15.82

$3.82

$4.98

$6.16

$6.16

COMMERCIAL SEWER RATE CHANGES

Current Fixed

Current Variable

Change Fixed

Change Variable

$9.07

$9.07

$9.80

$9.80

Why the increase? A general increase in water and wastewater treatment costs from Dallas Water Utilities and the Trinity River Authority; the cost to provide water and wastewater services exceed revenues; aging infrastructure in need of critical repairs.

The City of Duncanville will begin offering discounts for residents 65 and older, with proof of age, beginning October 1, 2022.

For more information, please contact the Utility Customer Service Office in person or by telephone at (972) 780-5010, option 2.

Duncanville City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget and Tax Rate

Duncanville, TX – On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the Duncanville City Council unanimously voted in favor of adopting its fiscal year 2022-2023 budget.

The all-funds budget, which includes enterprise departments, like the Utilities, Sanitation, and Capital Improvement budgets, as well as the core services provided by the General Fund, totals $100 million.

The General Fund budget is $37.4 million, and the Capital Budget includes $25 million in planned spending.

Council’s adopted budget incorporates the City Manager’s proposed budget and adds a new position to the Communications & Marketing department, an addition requested by Council.

Budget Highlights 

The largest portion of the General Fund budget – almost half (49%) – is allocated to Police and Fire. Twenty percent (20%) is allotted to Public Works, and the remaining 31% is distributed to Fiscal Services, Management, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhood Services, City Administration, and support services.

To address rising turnover and vacancy rates, 3% to 5% cost of living adjustments will be given to all staff, with lower paid tiers receiving 5% and upper tiers no more than 3%. Additionally, merit increases of up to 2% can be awarded for performance to staff beginning in January during the annual evaluation process.

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth labor market has become extremely competitive, and the city recognizes the need to recruit from beyond the Metroplex. A fuel stipend of $45 per month will be made available to full-time employees to assist with commuting and gas costs.

The budget also includes new positions, programs, and one-time projects such as:

  • Special Events Planner to focus on bringing more events to the City of Duncanville.
  • 2nd Assistant Police Chief for added leadership and strategic focus for the department.
  • Two part-time and one full-time Customer Service Advocates to be dedicated to providing residents with quality customer service both in person and by phone.
  • Replacement of Recreation Center gaming equipment; replacement of Senior Center audio equipment.
  • Additional Library materials for circulation.
  • Establish a Conservation Fund to allow for donations from the community for green space and conservation efforts.
  • Outdoor fitness equipment at Quail Run Park.
  • $100,000 dedicated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for construction of a dog park.
  • $25,000 for neighborhood revitalization – Economic Development funding matches for neighborhood landscape and entryway signage improvements.

 

Strategic Priorities 

The strategic priorities for the fiscal year 2022-23 are to Fix, Finish, and Forecast.

  • $450,700 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dedicated to one-time expenses to replace outdated IT network fiber and finish the implementation of enterprise systems.
  • $570,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for Public Safety enhancements such as body-worn cameras, a 2nd set of Bunker Gear for Fire, fire truck blocking apparatus to be shared with the other Best Southwest cities, security upgrades and cameras, Radar and Jamar traffic devices to help with speeding.
  • Added 2nd position to Communications & Marketing department to meet the growing demand for communications and marketing.
  • Establish a dedicated funding stream from the receipts of Mixed Beverage Tax ($85,000) to Street and Sidewalk CIP fund for sidewalk projects throughout the city.
  • Establish a Fire Inspection incentive program for current Fire staff to cover the workload demand for inspections. Inspections would be performed off-duty, meaning not during shift hours to ensure staff is not called away for emergencies during an inspection.
  • Establish a Meter Replacement Fund to have a source for replacement funding as needed.
  • $1,500,000 from Economic Development Fund towards revitalization of major retail shopping centers.

Impact on Taxpayers 

The approved property tax rate is $0.650460 cents per $100 of taxable value.  This is a reduction in the rate compared to the $0.700000 rate charged in 2021.

The average taxable value, per Dallas Central Appraisal District, for a Single-Family Residence is $207,110.  This is 19% higher than the 2021 taxable value of $173,715.  In 2021 the average tax for the city portion of the tax bill was $1,216.  At the adopted rate of $0.650460 per $100, the average city portion will be $1,347.  This is an increase of $131 for the year, or $10.94 per month.

At the same time, some of the City’s rates and fees, including garbage collection, water, and sewer fees, will rise for rate payers resulting from escalating costs from Dallas Water Utilities, for water, and Trinity River Authority, for sewer treatment, and Republic and Waste Management for garbage collection and landfill operations. In the new rate structure for Water and Sewer, a 10% discount will be applied to residents 65 years of age and older. Duncanville residents who qualify are invited to contact the Utility Customer Service Office in person or by telephone at (972) 780-5010, option 2 for assistance.

Taken together, the combined projected impact of tax, rate, and fee changes, for the typical ratepayer, is an additional $280.68 per year or $23.39 per month.

Tuesday’s approval of city tax and spending plans for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2022, comes after several months of meetings with Council, Town Halls, Hearings, and with the input of staff, Council, businesses, and residents of Duncanville.

The approved budget document will be published in September.

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City of Duncanville Extends Condolences to the Family and Friends of Anne Green

Duncanville, TX – Mayor Barry L. Gordon, members of the City Council, staff, and Duncanville residents wish to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Virginia Anne Green, who passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

“I, and my wife, are deeply saddened by the news of Anne’s passing,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Though not a public figure, she has left an indelible mark upon this world and our community. We appreciate her for both her 32 years of service as a teacher of Arts and History and for sharing her husband, former Mayor David Green, with the City of Duncanville.”

The former Mayor and Mrs. Green recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, she and her husband raised two daughters, Julie Hargrove and Laurie Jones, and became the proud grandparents to four girls: Hannah, Rachel, Reagan, and Grayson.

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Texas Department of Emergency Management Opens Damage Survey

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Duncanville, TX – On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, both Dallas County and the State of Texas issued Disaster Declarations in the aftermath of the prior day’s storm event that caused flooding and property damage. Neither declaration is a guarantee of funding to those impacted. The State, however, is in the process of compiling data on all damage that occurred as a result of the storm to determine if the loss threshold level meets the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requirements for Federal Assistance. FEMA must first declare a disaster before funds can be made available to impacted residents.

Damages can be submitted to the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) Damage Surveys found at:

https://damage.tdem.texas.gov/

All affected residents are encouraged to report damages from Monday’s flood event using the State’s iSTAT survey. Submitting damages through the survey does not guarantee funding or repair assistance; it is simply adding each damage claim to the State’s total to see if the loss threshold is reached.

It is recommended that damage be reported to the property owner’s insurance company.

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Gunfire in Duncanville

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

August 26, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at approximately 2:45 PM, the Duncanville Police Department responded to a call for service regarding shots fired, between two vehicles, in the area of East Freeman Street and South Main Street. Officers responded to the scene and did not find any shooting victims or suspects. Officers discovered minor property damage to a building and a vehicle and recovered several cartridge casings.

Due to the proximity to several schools, and as a precautionary measure, the Duncanville Independent School District Police Department placed four schools on “lockout” for approximately thirty minutes. A “lockout” is a procedure implemented by the school district that disallows entry in or out of the schools. The schools returned to normal operations once the initial investigation determined there were no active threats in the area.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111, extension 4.

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Duncanville Crews Respond to Aerial Sewer Crossing Failure

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Duncanville, TX Duncanville, TX – The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on August 24, 2022, in the City of Duncanville wastewater collection system, caused by weather conditions and heavy rainfall from early the same week. The overflows affected Bentle Branch Creek from the 300 block of Softwood Drive to the 300 block of Lakeview Circle.

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a wastewater discharge over the threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the Sanitary Sewer Overflow completely resides, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe. There has been no observation of any fish kills to date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect and test samples in the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses, including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at (972) 780-4900.

Duncanville Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

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Duncanville, TX – The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred in the City of Duncanville wastewater collection system on August 22, 2022, caused by weather conditions and heavy rainfall. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:

700 block of Forest Circle
400 block of S. Alexander
400 block of Falling Leaves

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a wastewater discharge over the threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the sanitary sewer overflow completely resides, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe. There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect and test samples in the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at (972) 780-4900.