City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing in September

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s waste water system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew, who can check the sewer lines around your home or business to help determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business, make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business. Make sure air conditioning units run within several hours of the testing to ensure that the condensation drain trap is filled with water.

Work crews from BURGESS & NIPLE will be conducting the sewer inspections over the next few days. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. BURGESS & NIPLE personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

Photographs will be made of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

The City of Duncanville 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027

Prueba de Humo del Sistema de Drenaje Sanitario de la Ciudad de Duncanville

La Ciudad de Duncanville ha contratado a BURGESS & NIPLE de Austin, Tejas para realizar una encuesta sobre pruebas de humo en porciones del sistema de drenaje de Duncanville. Este examen implica la abertura y la inspección de bocas y de las líneas de la alcantarilla, que están situadas principalmente en servidumbres, pero se pueden situarse en calles. Una tarea importante del examen será la prueba del humo de las líneas de la alcantarilla para localizar roturas y defectos en el sistema de alcantarilla. El humo que usted puede ver venir de las pilas de ventilación en casas o agujeros en la tierra es inofensivo, tiene poco olor y no crea ningún riesgo de incendios. El humo no debe entrar en su hogar a menos que usted tenga plomería defectuosa o sumideros secos. Si ocurre esto, usted debe consultar a un fontanero licenciado. En cualquier caso de que el humo inofensivo entrara a través de la plomería defectuosa, el potencial existe para que los gases peligrosos de la alcantarilla incorporen su hogar o negocio. Si el humo ingrese su hogar o negocio, por favor contacte a un trabajador de Burgess & Niple para que pueda revisar las líneas de la alcantarilla alrededor de su hogar o negocio y para ayudar a determinar la origen del humo. Para prevenir la entrada de humo a su hogar o negocio, asegurarse de que todos las trampas del drenaje en su hogar se llenan con agua vertiendo el agua en el drenaje. Al llenar las trampas del drenaje con agua se podre mantener el humo fuera de su hogar o negocio. Cerciórese que aires acondicionado funcione por varias horas durante la prueba para asegurarse de que la trampa del drenaje de la condensación está llena de agua.

Trabajadores de BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. conducirán inspecciones de la alcantarilla en los próximos días. Los trabajadores pueden necesitar acceder las bocas de la alcantarilla en servidumbres de utilidad en su propiedad. Cuando estas líneas requieren una investigación, tendrán que acceder a las servidumbres de alcantarillado. Personal uniformados de BURGESS & NIPLE llevan credenciales de identificación. Dueños de casa no necesitan estar presentes y por ningún motivo, los trabajadores no tienen que entrar a su hogar o negocio.

Se tomarán fotografías de los fugas en el sistema. Anticipamos que la prueba del humo durar unas pocas horas en su área. Se le agradece su cooperación. La información obtenida de esta prueba será utilizada para mejorar la calidad de su sistema de drenaje sanitario.

Para más información:

La Ciudad de Duncanville – 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027


DCHHS confirms mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus

Ground Spraying Scheduled in Balch Springs, DeSoto, and Duncanville

DALLAS (July 16, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services’ (DCHHS) laboratory confirmed mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito traps were collected from the zip codes of Balch Springs (75180), DeSoto (75115), and Duncanville (75116).

In conjunction with the Dallas County municipalities, mosquito abatement teams are responding by treating impacted areas. DCHHS has scheduled ground spraying in the below area(s), weather permitting:

Residents should remain inside during the time sprayers are in the area. Spraying will not be conducted in the event of wind speeds more than 10 mph or inclement weather. A detailed map of the spray area can be viewed at http://www.dallas.leateamapps.com/PublicMap/

“We continue to see West Nile virus activity in our area. As the summer heats up and more people are getting outside, remember the four Ds: Dress, Drain, Dusk/Dawn, and DEET”, said Dr. Philip Huang, Director of DCHHS.

Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

  • DEET All day, Every day: Whenever outside, use insect repellents that have the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-registered repellents and always follow label instructions.
  • Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace where mosquitoes could lay eggs.
  • All Day long: Day, Dusk and Dawn -Limit your time outdoors mosquitos are active anytime day or night.

DCHHS encourages residents in affected areas to be a part of the solution by eliminating insect breeding areas and larvae before they develop into adult, flying mosquitoes. Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides that are available for retail purchase.

Larvicides are products used to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. Larvicides are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs, larvae or pupae. When used consistently, larvicides can help reduce the overall mosquito burden by limiting the number of mosquitoes that are produced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information visit our website
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/westnile.php

Duncanville – 75116
Friday, July 17th, 9:00 pm – 5:00 am
Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 pm – 5:00 am

CENSUS BUREAU ACTIVATES ADDITIONAL OPERATIONS TO ENSURE ACCURATE 2020 CENSUS COUNT

Households May Receive Calls or In-Person Visits Over Next Several Months

June 30, 2020 – With about 4 in 10 households having yet to respond to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau today announced it is on track to conduct multiple follow-up activities aimed at ensuring a complete and accurate count. Census Bureau staff will conduct the following operations over the next several months:

Coverage Improvement: The Census Bureau began making follow-up calls to some households that have already completed the 2020 Census. The goal is to make sure everyone in a household was counted, and to validate information provided when they completed the census questionnaire. Census call center agents began making calls on April 22. If the household does not answer a call, agents will leave a voicemail with a 12-digit ID as a reference number. This effort is set to continue through the end of the response phase on October 31.

Nonresponse Followup: The Census Bureau routinely “soft launches” operations to ensure systems, operations and field plans work as they should. Starting in mid-July, census takers from six area census offices (one per Census Bureau region) will begin the operation of interviewing households that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census. The six area census offices will be announced by the beginning of July. Additional area census offices may be announced for a second wave soft launch to occur later in July. Aside from area census offices that are part of a soft launch, the remaining area census offices will begin the Nonresponse Followup on August 11 and conclude no later than October 31. All census takers will be trained on social distancing protocols. They will be issued personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow local guidelines for their use.

Nonresponse Followup Reinterview: In some cases, a second census taker may visit a household to conduct a short interview to ensure the quality of our data collection activities. These reinterviews are meant to confirm every census taker followed our training and did their jobs correctly. The reinterview will be conducted by a different census taker than the one who originally visited the household. The Nonresponse Followup Reinterview operation is scheduled to run from August 12 to October 31.

Post-Enumeration Survey: After a household has already completed the 2020 Census, census takers will visit a select number of households as part of the Post-Enumeration Survey. The Census Bureau conducts this survey to measure the coverage of housing units and people residing in housing units in the 2020 Census. To that end, census takers will gather the following information:

Current residents of the housing unit.

People living in the household who may or may not have been there April 1 (Census Day).

People who moved out of the household between April 1 and the time of the interview.

The information collected for each person includes name, sex, age, date of birth, race, relationship to householder, and Hispanic origin. The interviewer also collects information about alternate addresses to establish where people lived on Census Day, according to census residence rules. Post-Enumeration Survey interviews are set to take place September 23 to December 22.

The Census Bureau urges the small percentage of households that are contacted during the Nonresponse Followup Reinterview and Post-Enumeration Survey operations to take a few minutes with the census taker to help ensure the quality of the 2020 Census.

All census takers have official ID badges that include their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

The Census Bureau conducts all operations with two key principles in mind: (1) protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public, and (2) fulfilling our statutory requirement to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the president on schedule. We are working closely with national, state, and local health authorities to ensure all of their guidance is incorporated into our operations.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated to states and communities for the next 10 years.

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott released The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This document outlines the state’s measured and cautious plans for both identifying those made ill by COVID-19 and tracing those they came into contact with as well as reopening businesses in Texas that had previously fallen outside the designation of Essential.

The entirety of the plan includes minimum standard protocols for restaurants, movie theaters, museums, libraries, and more.

Updated April 28, 2020 to include Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Report to Open Texas.

Executive Order No. GA-18 – Expanded Reopening of Services is related to the expanded reopening of services as part of a safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in Response to COVID-19.

Executive Order No. GA-19 – Hospital Capacity relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.

Executive Order No. GA-20 relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

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Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

Beginning Saturday, April 18, 2020, and continuing until Republic Services resumes their regular bulk item pickup schedule, Duncanville residents can drop off bulk items at a designated dumpster located at the Duncanville Service Center – 330 Shady Trail Drive, Duncanville, TX 75137. Residents can dispose of bulk items on Saturdays only from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Proof of Duncanville residency (e.g. recent water bill or driver license with a Duncanville address) must be shown to access the dumpster.

The self-service dumpster is for bulk waste only. No other items will be accepted. Those bringing bulk trash to the site should only bring items they can safely unload themselves. The site will be manned but City staff at this location will be limited and unloading assistance unavailable. Residents are asked to be careful unloading items and to continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

Acceptable items include:

  • Rugs less than 8’ x 10’ in size
  • Stoves
  • Dishwashers
  • Water heaters
  • Wood fence pickets
  • Furniture and mattresses
  • Refrigerators and window units (Freon properly removed and tagged by a certified technician)
  • DIY remodel materials

Unacceptable items:

  • Tires
  • Carpet
  • Flammables
  • Hazardous waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Construction materials (lumber, drywall, paneling, tile, flooring, siding, concrete, etc.)

Please visit www.duncanville.com/trash for more information.

Duncanville Bulk Collection Suspended, Residents Asked to Bag All Trash, Recycling Reminders

Updated April 8, 2020: Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

Visit www.duncanville.com/trash for more information pertaining to solid waste collection, including the collection schedule, map and list of acceptable items.


April 2, 2020 – Effective immediately, Republic Services has temporarily suspended bulk collection in Duncanville until further notice. All other solid waste services, including brush pickup, will continue as usual, subject to further modifications by Republic Services. As a temporary solution, Republic Services has agreed to provide a self-service dumpster for residential bulk waste. The dumpster will be located at the Service Center and residents will have a specified time frame to bring bulk items for disposal. More information forthcoming when the dumpster becomes available for resident use.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Shelter in Place order, Republic Services has reported a significant increase in residential trash. This change allows Republic Services to adjust available resources to accommodate the surge in trash volume, as well as ensures that maintaining a clean community remains the priority. Residents are asked to either store bulk items until regular collection resumes, or utilize the dumpster located at the Service Center.

Republic Services will resume full collection services as soon as possible, and the cost for residential solid waste service will not be affected by the temporary change. Bulk items that will not be picked up include stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, furniture, water tanks, fencing materials and other large, bulky items. For now, trash, brush and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled; However, Republic Services has advised that further modifications may be required in the future due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

All Trash Must be Bagged in Order to be Collected
To protect sanitation employees’ health and safety, Republic Services is asking that all trash be securely bagged, and trash bags cannot exceed 35 pounds each.

Recycling Contamination Increase
Republic Services has seen an increase in recycling contamination. When one item of recycling is contaminated, it contaminates the entire bin. Please take the appropriate steps to keep recycling contamination-free by only placing clean, empty and dry recyclables in the bin. Knowing what is and is not accepted, rinsing recyclable food containers and keeping plastic bags out of the bins will better ensure that these items go to recycling facilities rather than landfills.

Recycling Acceptable Items

  • Paper
  • Aluminum containers & tin cans (canned goods)
  • Plastic containers marked #1, #2 and #5
  • Boxes with no wax coating or food residue
  • Magazines, junk mail and soft cover books

Recycling Unacceptable Items

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Medical Waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Diapers/clothing/textiles
  • Anything with food/liquid residue
  • Carton-style containers with gable top
  • Household hazardous waste and/or containers
  • Plastic containers marked #3, #4, #6, of #7 (or no number at all)

Updated April 8, 2020: Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

Duncanville Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflows

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation and disinfection of two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that occurred as a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall on March 17 & 18, 2020. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:

700 Block of Forest Circle
400 Block of Falling Leaves

City officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water 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.

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

2019 Novel Coronavirus: Duncanville Preparedness & Response

March 16, 2020

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation.  Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The five cases include:

  • One man in his 40’s, one man in his 50’s, one woman in her 50’s, one man in his 60’s, one man in his 70’s
  • All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized
  • Three cases are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a resident of the city of Farmers Branch, and one resides out-of-state
  • 4 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel
  • 1 case is likely from local community spread 

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Dallas County has now reported 19 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website.


March 14, 2020


March 13, 2020
Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported five (5) additional presumptive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in Dallas County to eight (8). Last night, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster for public health emergency and has issued a community gathering order effective today at 11 am. Judge Jenkins has requested that the mayors in Dallas County cities issue a local declaration in support of the county’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.  To that end, Mayor Gordon issued an order mirroring the Dallas County order this morning, as allowed by state law.

ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS (SUMMARY)
DATE ORDER ISSUED: March 12, 2020
The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, the Dallas County order prohibits community gatherings of 500 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 11 a.m. on March 13, 2020, and continuing seven days through 11:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020. For all other gatherings, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order, including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons. Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly urges high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to cancel, reschedule, or not attend events that will have or will likely have 10 or more people.

Duncanville Facilities and Community Events, Programs & Classes Impacted

In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees and residents, the City of Duncanville has made the following immediate modifications in order to address the growing health concerns:

  • The D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through the end of March, which is subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.
  • Recreation Center and Library operations will continue as usual, and classes and programs are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All senior activities are canceled until further notice.
  • The Recreation Center’s ‘Princess Tea Party’ event scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
  • The Library’s ‘Touch A Truck’ event on March 18 has been canceled.
  • Large events occurring in the near future at the Fieldhouse will be canceled based on the Dallas County declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency threshold for community gatherings.

The City’s Event Calendar will be updated appropriately, so please check the status of events, classes and programs to stay informed.

Duncanville ISD’s Spring Break is next week, and the school district has extended Spring Break by one week and canceled all extracurricular activities starting Friday, March 13.

The Duncanville Chamber of Commerce has postponed the ‘Flavor of Duncanville’ event that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and have not announced a new date at this time.


March 12, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of our community and employees is of paramount concern, and the city continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) activity and is prepared to respond appropriately if Duncanville is impacted.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency responsible for providing information and guidance regarding COVID-19 to the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are actively engaged with daily calls and communication with DCHHS and other partners to ensure Duncanville has the latest updates and information regarding the evolving public health threat.

The city is taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of germs at public facilities.

If possible, we encourage residents to use online tools and other resources for self-service needs. For example, residents can report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the homepage, and pay utility bills online at https://duncanville.dpnetbill.com or by phone: 844-608-6680. For general questions or concerns, please call City Hall at 972-780-5000 or peruse the city website. Follow the city on Facebook and Twitter for the latest new and information updates.

City facilities in Duncanville have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing efforts through the COVID-19 public threat period, including Duncanville City Hall, Duncanville Public Library, Duncanville Recreation Center, D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center, Duncanville Fieldhouse and public restrooms at City parks.

Disinfection activities at facilities includes:

  • Increasing the cleaning and disinfection efforts in all city facilities
  • Disinfecting communal equipment multiple times a day
  • Re-filling soap and antibacterial dispensers daily
  • Posting the DCHHS 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ document in English and Spanish at the entrance to all city buildings and in public restrooms
  • City employees have been asked to assist with regular disinfection of workstations and public areas
  • Public restrooms at parks are cleaned and sanitized appropriately

For more information regarding COVID-10, please visit DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php or CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Duncanville Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow Caused by Heavy Rains

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation and disinfection of two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that occurred as a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall on February 11 & 12, 2020. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:

700 Block of Forest Circle
400 Block of Falling Leaves

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water 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.

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