UTILITY WORKERS NEVER ASK TO COME INTO YOUR HOUSE!
Police continually advise the public not to allow anyone in your home who has not scheduled a visit, noting that all utility and city employees have distinct uniforms, badges and vehicles. You can always call the phone number on your utility bill to ask about your water. Home inspections are not part of the Garland Water Utilities operations.
July 2020: Garland police are warning residents to be on the alert after several suspects reportedly burglarized a home after convincing the resident that the water might be contaminated with COVID-19. The resident allowed the suspects into the home to check the water, police said in a Facebook post Wednesday. While distracted by the alleged inspection, suspects went through the home and pocketed valuables. These suspects are using manipulating tactics to take advantage of innocent people, Don’t let these criminals fool you.
City of Garland Radio Read Water Meter Replacement Program
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is the administering agency. This project is partly funded by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and provides for the phased replacement and upgrades to existing radio read water meters. Garland Water Utilities customers may see the city’s meter contractor, Compass Metering Solutions, working between the street and sidewalks installing the new water meters. Scheduling of these replacements will be by meter read or billing cycle routes. The city reads water meters Monday – Friday, every week. The city is divided into 20 sections, one for each business day of the month. See map to find your billing cycle. Crews are currently working in cycles 5 and 16. Meters will be replaced for all customer types such as residential, commercial, industrial, etc. For questions or concerns, please visit GarlandWater.com or call water operations at 972 205-3210.
Annual Smoke Testing for Wastewater Pipes
The Water Utilities department conducts leak detection tests on the pipes of our sanitary sewer system every year during the months of July, August and September. The tests are performed by the department’s Inflow & Infiltration section by pumping a special non-toxic, non-staining smoke into the sewer lines a section at a time. If there is a crack or break anywhere in the pipeline, the smoke will rise to the surface and the crew can visually see the exact location where repairs are needed.
Water from rain events or even naturally occurring ground water can seep into pipes that are broken or cracked which adds to the flow of water going to the wastewater treatment plant. More flow means increased processing costs. Keeping this water out of our pipelines saves money and prevents unnecessary high flows through the equipment at the plant.
The smoke is created using a mineral oil base that does not cause harm to humans or animals. It won’t leave a residue even if it gets into a resident’s house. This test can be helpful for a resident as the smoke may come through if there is a plumbing problem in the house. Smoke will come up in weak spots (plumbing issues) even if the P-trap is full. For seldom used drains or P-traps (10 days or more), the water has probably evaporated and it is recommended that residents put about a cup of water down the drain to fill the P-trap so smoke does not come into the house.
Note: This article will remain active throughout the year. Updates regarding annual testing area and map will be posted each June.
The smoke testing area for summer 2020 will be from Beltline Road to Apollo Road and Cheyenne Trail to Buttermilk Way. Click here for a larger view of the map or visit GarlandWater.com.
When the water utility crews plan to work in your neighborhood, an information tag will be hung on your front door three days before the work is started. Rain or high winds can affect the test results so there are times when testing will have to be postponed. Residents will be notified if defects are found on private property.
If you have any questions about the city’s smoke testing program, please call 972-205-3210 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Drinking Water in Garland
The City of Garland’s water system is rated “Superior” by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This is the highest rating for a water system. The rating indicates that our operation meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water requirements. Garland takes great pride in the high quality of its water, which is the same water shared by the entire North Texas Municipal Water District service area.
It is important to know that outside sources occasionally weigh in on drinking water quality. Scare tactics are usually a key part of the messaging and the communication most times will lead the reader to a product or service for purchase. Buyer beware! If you have questions about your drinking water, please call or email our department. State and Federal guidelines require full transparency when it comes to the quality of your drinking water. Here is a link to our current water quality reports, including our annual (Consumer Confidence Reports).