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AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CITY OF IRVING juNe 2013 VOL 20 . NO 6
CITY OF IRVING.ORG
FuN, FAMILY ACTIVITIeS
4 to 8 p.m. June 15
Complete with outdoor activities and
entertainment, the annual Juneteenth
Celebration will be held at the Jackie Townsell
Bear Creek Heritage Center, 3925 Jackson St.
Daze of Summer Car Show
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22
Young adults enjoy local outdoor activities. The Daze of Summer Car Show will be held
in the Heritage District at Whistlestop Plaza,
Irving Ranks High Among Young 200 N. Main Street. Blues band Three Kings
will take the stage from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Event
Adults, Urban Sophisticates
also will feature awards and concessions.
Patriotic Fireworks, Celebration
6 p.m. July 3
In a quality-of-life survey comparing North Texas neighborhoods, three Fireworks and live music will fll the skies at
Irving communities received top ratings from key demographic groups. the intersection of Las Colinas Boulevard and
Lake Carolyn Parkway. This celebration will
Natural green spaces, convenience, affordability, access to major highways, entertainment and dining feature bands, the Irving Symphony, fireworks
safety and quality schools are hailed as reasons why options, and we’re located in the center of one of the and close with a live performance by the band
people are flocking to Irving, according to a series fastest growing regions in the nation. People want to MAXX! Inflatables and concession stands
of stories published by “The Dallas Morning News.” be where the amenities are.” also will be part of this pre-Independence Day
In the ongoing series, “The News” spotlights North celebration. Parking will be available for $5 at
Texas neighborhoods and communities that rank For urban sophisticates, the top five priorities for the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas,
high among key groups and categories. By the ninth livability are safety, affordability, schools, quiet 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
week of the 13-part series, which runs through June neighborhoods and shopping. The poll conducted by
16, Irving neighborhoods already had received three “The News” indicates safety, affordability, schools, Fourth of july Parade
positive nods in the data-intensive study. friendly neighbors and quiet neighborhoods are the 9 a.m. July 4
top five priorities for 18- to 24-year-olds. Common The annual Fourth of July parade will be held
Urban sophisticates, or those who value the amenities values shared by both groups are safety, affordability, in downtown Irving. This year’s theme is A 50
offered by high-density neighborhoods, rate Irving’s schools and quiet neighborhoods. State Salute. The parade will be followed with
Valley Ranch neighborhood higher than Dallas’ Uptown a free celebration in Heritage Park, 217 Main
and Oak Lawn communities. According to the study, More than 217,000 people live in Irving, which St. A post-parade concert will feature the
Valley Ranch received its rating “because Irving is a boasts beautiful country clubs, golf courses, and award-winning Texas Gypsies band.
major employment center, people living in this area highly acclaimed schools. Three Irving schools were
along MacArthur Boulevard have shorter commutes included in a recent “Newsweek” report on America’s Admission to all events is free. For a
than most in Dallas. Meanwhile, the Sam Houston Trail Best High Schools — Uplift Education’s North Hills complete listing of city-sponsored events, visit
is a draw for walkers and cyclists.” Preparatory School, Irving Independent School irvingevents.org or call (972) 721-2501. n
District’s Jack E. Singley Academy and MacArthur
Dining, entertainment, access to transportation High School. With 190 acres of parks, 17 miles of
coupled with safe, affordable living earned the Las canal waterways and 10 miles of riverside hiking and
Colinas and University of Dallas (also located in biking trails, Irving has many amenities available to
Irving) communities top-10 ratings from 18- to 24-year residents. Moreover, crime in Irving has decreased 35 No Trash Collection July 4
olds. In the article, the walkability of the Las Colinas percent since 2006, and 6.75 percent in 2012 alone.
community is compared to a college campus. In observance of Independence Day, there will be
“The survey does not even consider our low tax rate no residential trash, curbside recycling or brush
“What I find interesting about this study is that the or proximity to the airport,” Gonzalez added. “But collection on July 4. In addition, the following facilities
values of young adults and urban sophisticates are no the people have spoken, and the big takeaway is that will be closed:
different than yours or mine,” City Manager Tommy Irving is home to some of the best neighborhoods u City Hall
Gonzalez said. “Irving is attractive to a variety of and communities that the North Texas region has to u Heritage/North Lake aquatic centers
demographics for many reasons — we have the jobs, offer.” n u Hunter Ferrell Landfill
u Recreation centers
u Recycling centers
Voters Reminded About Runoff Election
All offices and services will
Registered voters return to the polls June 15 to elect City Council resume normal business
hours on July 5. n
members to District 1 and Place 2. Read details on Page 7.
IRVING FIGHTS THe BITe Library Kicks Off Summer Fun
June 16–22 is Fight the Bite Week in Participate in the Irving Public Library’s summer reading clubs. This
Irving. To learn more about Irving’s efforts summer, readers of all ages will enjoy entertainment and win prizes.
to keep residents protected from mosquito-
borne illnesses, like West Nile Virus, visit
Visit cityofirving.org/library or any Irving Public Library
branch for more information. All ages welcome.
Children’s Summer Reading Club –
Dig into Reading!
Irving’s Summer Reading Club is a great way to keep
kids learning and have fun throughout the summer.
Research shows children who participate in summer
reading programs score higher on reading tests
and are more confident readers the following year.
Participants earn prizes by reading for 20 minutes or
more a day. Each branch hosts special events weekly
between June 1 and July 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Weekly Event Schedule locations. Call (972) 721-2458 for snack times or visit
Scan the code using a QR u Monday – East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road the nearest library.
application to watch a special u Tuesday – West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
public service announcement
u Wednesday – Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail Adult Summer Reading Club – Novel Destinations
teaching kids how to get
u Saturday – Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Visit another place or time through a book and win
mosquitoes to “buzz off.”
prizes for every five books completed. For a list of
author visits and book club meetings, visit
Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Irving Public Library hosts its
Smoking Ordinance annual summer book sale June 6–9 at 3000 Rock
Island Road. The book sale will have a member’s only
Input Opportunity preview from 5 to 8 p.m. June 6. The sale is open to
the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7;
Residents are invited to provide input on the Smoking 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8; and 1 to 5 p.m. June 9.
Ordinance from 6 to 7 p.m. June 27 or July 18 at City Proceeds support library book purchases and
Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Those who are unable to Texas Teens Read! – Beneath the Surface programs such as Summer Reading Club and the Big
attend the public input hearings may send comments The reading club attendees for grades 6–12 will Read. For more information, call (972) 721-2606.
on the city’s smoking ordinance via email to experience the national “Fierce Reads” author tour,
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call crafts, movie marathons and gaming competitions. “Fierce Reads” Author Tour
Code Enforcement at (972) 721-4829. Every seven hours of reading earns a prize. The young adult national author tour by “Fierce Reads”
featuring Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody
Resident input is greatly valued at the City of Irving. Snack Program for Kids and Teens and Emmy Laybourne stops by the Valley Ranch
To view additional public input opportunities, visit The library is participating in the Seamless Summer Library, 401 Cimarron Trail at noon June 9. Following a
cityofirving.org and select the “Public Input” tab Meals program, offering healthy snacks to children question-and-answer session, authors will autograph
located on the home page. n 18 years and younger, Monday through Friday at all books. Call (972) 721-4669 for more information. n
Irving Promotes Environmental Stewardship
Visit cityofirving.org/begreen or call (972) 742-2296 to Smart Irrigation
register for classes or to learn about other activities. Participants will learn how to properly irrigate a
typical landscape without wasting water.
The Irving Police Department reminds
Backyard Composting (Short Class)
motorists of parking regulations regarding
Learn how to compost using the hot and cold Saturday, June 8 | 9 a.m. to noon
marked disability parking spaces. Violations
methods, discuss types of materials to use in building Valley View Municipal Complex, 333 Valley View Lane
can result in fines of up to $515. It is illegal
a compost pile, learn about applications in gardening
to park vehicles:
and how to troubleshoot composting problems. Green Living Spaces
In this class, learn about alternatives to indoor air
Tuesday, June 4 | 6 to 8 p.m. toxins that stem from home furnishings, and discuss u In a disability parking space without
Max G. Greiner Environment Center lighting, flooring, paint and fixtures that are light on displaying the appropriate plate or
Southeast corner of Conflans and Gilbert roads the budget and the environment. placard, even if a driver or passenger of
the vehicle has a disability.
Hazardous Household Chemical Collection Saturday, June 15 | 1 to 3:30 p.m. u In a disability parking space while
At this event, residents can safely and properly West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road displaying an expired
dispose of hazardous household products such as plate or placard, even
pool chemicals and pesticides. Call (972) 721-8059 by Texas Stream Team Activity if a driver or passenger
3 p.m. June 7 to obtain required voucher. Learn about the natural quality of Irving’s natural of the vehicle has a
water at stream sampling demonstrations every third disability.
Saturday, June 8 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday of the month at five locations throughout u In a disability parking
3000 Rock Island Road the city. Learn how to care for water quality and our space when neither the
environment, obtain training, and become part of long- driver nor any passenger
term stream monitoring in Irving. For more information has a disability, even if
or location details, call (972) 721-2772. the vehicle displays the
appropriate plate or placard.
Saturday, June 15
For more information, call the
Irving Police Department at
(972) 721-2518. n
P. 2 juNe 2013
The City of Irving is proud to present its 2012 Water Quality Report. Each year, the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Dallas provide water quality data from the previous
year. Once all of this data is received, it is compiled into this report and distributed to Irving residents
and businesses by July 1. Over the years, staff has been dedicated to delivering drinking water that
meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. The City of Irving strives to adopt
new and better methods of delivering the best quality drinking water to its residents. As regulations
and drinking water standards change, it is the city’s commitment to incorporate these changes
systemwide in an expeditious and cost-effective manner. In complying with legislation, this report has
been developed to provide valuable information about the city’s drinking water.
Like most Texas cities, Irving must anticipate events that will impact its water supply. City officials
work every day to ensure measures are in place that can accommodate customer water requirements,
withstand drought conditions, address delivery system problems and preserve the city’s available
supply through conservation. There is even a written plan detailing the measures in place to
handle these water issues called “Emergency Water Management: Drought Contingency and Water
Texas government requires that this plan be in place, that it be updated every five years and reviewed
Essential to a thriving society is an
and reported on every year. In 2014, the City of Irving will update its water management plan to
abundant, reliable and safe water supply.
ensure that it addresses evolving conditions in Irving and in the metropolitan region. Irving staff is
Irving Water Utilities plays an integral role
working with other area cities and water authorities to develop measures that reflect regional
in meeting the ever-growing needs of the
consistency in how drought conditions are handled in the provision of water conservation initiatives.
community. The city provides some of the
When completed and passed by City Council, this plan will guide water utility programming and
highest quality, safest drinking water in
delineate the criteria for evaluating the city’s ability to promote water conservation, reduce water loss
the world to businesses and to more than
and respond to emergency water conditions.
217,000 residents. Irving’s water rates also
are among the lowest of any major city in
The new plan will be submitted to the State of Texas by spring 2014. Utilities staff will advertise the
changes in early 2014 as well as detail the new plan in the Water Quality Report that will be
available in June of next year.
In 1996, Congress amended the Safe
Drinking Water Act requiring community
systems to provide customers with an
annual report on the quality of their
drinking water. The City of Irving strongly
supported the legislation and is pleased
to provide detailed information about the
city’s drinking water. Irving’s drinking water
meets or exceeds all standards set by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Irving’s water is processed by the City of
Dallas and delivered to the city ready for Based on address, water no more than twice per week
distribution to residents. as shown below. Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
on any day.
“Water Utilities employees work around the
clock to ensure the safety and reliability
Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Saturday
of the water supply, and the system that
Odd Even Odd Even
delivers it,” Water Utilities Director Todd
Reck said. “Water is a precious resource that
everyone depends on and Irving employees No irrigation on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
are committed to meeting this vital need.” Odd-numbered addresses are those ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9.
Even-numbered addresses are those ending in 0,2,4,6 or 8.
Este informe contiene información
importante sobre su agua potable. Por favor
haga que un amigo se lo traduzca o que
sea traducido por alguien que lo entienda.
Beginning next year, the Water Quality Report will not be included in “City Spectrum.” A
Si usted quiere recibir está información en
Web link to the 2012 report will be included with utility statements. Customers also will be
español, por favor llame al (972) 721-2281.
able to access the report by visiting the Water Utilities Web page at cityofirving.org.
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs,
springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally
occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the
presence of animals or from human activity.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
• Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment
plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife
• Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from
urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production,
mining or farming
• Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban
stormwater runoff and residential uses
• Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are
byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also can come from gas
stations, urban stormwater runoff and septic systems
• Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas
production, and mining activities
To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain
contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants
in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. Many constituents (such as
calcium, sodium, or iron), which are often found in drinking water, can cause taste, color and odor
problems. The taste and odor constituents are called secondary constituents and are regulated by the State
of Texas, not the EPA. These constituents are not causes for health concern. Therefore, secondaries are not
required to be reported in this document, but may greatly affect the appearance and taste of the water.
When drinking water meets federal standards, there may not be any health benefits to purchasing bottled
water. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the
EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA),
the EPA is responsible for setting national
limits for hundreds of substances in drinking
water and also specifies various treatments
that water systems must use to remove
these substances. Similarly, Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) regulations establish Most of Irving’s water travels from Lake Chapman to Lewisville Lake and is then treated by the City of
limits for contaminants in bottled water, which Dallas. Irving owns water rights for water in Lake Chapman, which was previously known as Cooper
must provide the same protection for public Reservoir. Some of the City of Irving’s water is purchased directly from the City of Dallas to supplement the
health. Each system continually monitors Lake Chapman water. The City of Dallas uses surface water from the following sources: Lake Ray Hubbard,
for these substances and reports directly to Lake Tawakoni, Lake Grapevine, Lewisville Lake and Lake Ray Roberts. The TCEQ has completed a Source
the EPA if they were detected in the drinking Water Susceptibility Report for all drinking water systems that own their sources. This report describes the
water. The EPA uses this data to ensure that susceptibility and types of contaminants that may come into contact with the drinking water source based
consumers are receiving clean water and on human activities and natural conditions. The system from which the City of Irving purchases its water
verifies that states are enforcing the laws received the assessment report. For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts,
that regulate drinking water. call (972) 721-2281.
This publication conforms to the federal
regulation under SDWA requiring water
utilities to provide detailed water quality
information to each of their customers
annually. For more information about this
report, to request additional copies, or for
any questions or concerns relating to
drinking water, contact Environmental
Compliance at (972) 721-2281 or email
Certain groups may be more vulnerable
than the general population to
contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium,
in drinking water. Infants; some elderly or
immunocompromised persons such as those Irving Water Utilities is pleased to report that during the past year the water delivered to Irving homes and
undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; those businesses complied with, or exceeded, all state and federal drinking water requirements. The table at
who have undergone organ transplants; right lists the substances that were detected in the city’s drinking water during 2012. Although all of the
those who are undergoing treatment with substances listed are under the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set by the EPA, and therefore not
steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other expected to cause any health risks, it is important that residents know exactly what was detected and how
immune system disorders can be particularly much of the substance was present in the water.
at risk of contracting infections. Those who
fall under these categories should seek advice What are coliforms?
about drinking water from a physician or Total coliform bacteria are used as indicators of microbial contamination of drinking water because testing
health care provider. Additional guidelines for them is easy. While these organisms do not cause disease, they are often found in association with other
on appropriate means to lessen the risk of microbes that are capable of causing disease. Coliform bacteria are more hardy than many disease-causing
infection by Cryptosporidium are available organisms; therefore, their absence from water is a good indication that the water is microbiologically safe
from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at for human consumption.
How to determine if there’s a problem with drinking water?
If the amount of a contaminant exceeds a predetermined safe level in drinking water (MCL, Action Level,
etc.), residents will be notified via newspapers, radio, television, the city’s iALERT system and other means
within 24 hours. With the notification, there will be instructions on the appropriate actions to take to prevent
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Irving’s High Quality
Irving’s High-Quality Water is
Thoroughly Tested and Meets All
Drinking Water Standards
Average Minimum Maximum Unit of
Year Contaminant MCL MCLG Source of Contaminant
Level Level Level Measure
Erosion of natural deposits; water additive that promotes strong teeth;
2012 Fluoride 0.40 0.32 0.55 4 4 ppm
discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
2012 Nitrate (as N) 0.62 0.32 0.98 10 10 ppm Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage, erosion of natural deposits
2012 Bromate 5.1 <5.0 10 10 0 ppb Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
2011 Barium 0.015 0.011 0.021 2 2 ppm Discharge of drilling wastes from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics
2011 Arsenic 0.7 <0.226 1.0 10 0 ppb
2011 Thallium 0.007 <0.004 0.012 2 0.5 ppb Leaching from ore-processing sites; discharge from electronics, glass and drug factories
2011 5.3 4 7.2 50 0 pCi/L Decay of natural and man-made deposits
2011 Antimony 0.5 <0.2 1.0 6 6 ppb Discharge from petroleum refineries; fire retardants; ceramics; electronics; solder
2011 Chromium 1.0 0.6 1.3 100 100 ppb Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits
Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits;
2011 Selenium 1.6 <0.491 2.2 50 50 ppb
discharge from mines
2011 1.0 1.0 1.0 5 0 pCi/L Erosion of natural deposits
(226 & 228)
Source: City of Dallas
Year Contaminant Average Level Minimum Level Maximum Level MCL MCLG Source of Contaminant
2012 Atrazine 0.19 0.15 0.23 3 3 ppb Runoff from herbicide used on row crops
2012 Simazine 0.32 0.29 0.37 4 4 ppb Herbicide runoff
Source: City of Dallas
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
Year Disinfectant Average Level Minimum Level Maximum Level MRDL MRDLG Unit of Measure Source of Disinfectant
2012 Chloramine Residual 2.75 0.5 4.8 4* 4* ppm Disinfectant used to control microbes
*As annual average Source: City of Irving
Year Contaminant Average Level Minimum Level Maximum Level MCL Unit of Measure Source of Contaminant
2012 Total Haloacetic Acids 10.6 7.8 13.8 60 ppb Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
2012 Total Trihalomethanes 8.8 6.7 11.2 80 ppb Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
Source: City of Irving
Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is
to assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted. Any unregulated
contaminants detected are reported in the following table. For additional information and data visitepa.gov/safewater/ucmr/ucmr2/index.html or call the
Unregulated Contaminants Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
Year Contaminant Average Level Minimum Level Maximum Level Unit of Measure Source of Contaminant
2012 Chloroform 3.57 3.23 3.84 ppb Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
2012 Bromodichloromethane 3.10 2.82 3.31 ppb Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
2012 Dibromochloromethane 2.82 2.37 3.29 ppb Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
Byproduct of drinking water disinfection,
2012 Bromobenzene 0.96 <0.5 1.89 ppb
motor oil additive
Source: City of Dallas
Total Organic Carbon
Year Contaminant Average Level Minimum Level Maximum Level MCL Unit of Measure Source of Contaminant
Treated Water Alkalinity Naturally present in environment;
2012 Total Organic Carbon 4.16 2.96 6.81 ppm
<60 mg/L as CaCO3 no health effects
Source: City of Dallas
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from
materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. This water supply is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but cannot
control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by
flushing the tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may have your water
tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at
Lead and Copper epa.gov/drink/info/lead
Year Contaminant 90th Percentile No. of Sites Exceeding Action Level Action Level Unit of Measure Source of Contaminant
Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of
2012 Lead 3.0 1 15 ppb
Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of
2012 Copper 0.3 0 1.3 ppm
natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives
Source: City of Irving
Year Contaminant Highest Single Measurement Lowest Monthly % of Samples Meeting Limits Turbidity Limits Unit of Measure Source of Contaminant
2012 Turbidity 0.29 100 0.3 NTU Soil runoff
All samples met regulatory requirements. Source: City of Dallas
Year Contaminant Highest Monthly % of Positive Samples MCL Unit of Measure Source of Contaminant
2012 Total Coliform Bacteria 1.9 * Presence Naturally present in environment
* Presence of coliform bacteria in 5% or more of the monthly samples. Fecal coliform – Reported monthly tests found no fecal coliform bacteria. Source: City of Irving
• ction Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded,
• aximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a • Treatment Technique (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the
triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to level of a contaminant in drinking water.
• Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control • Turbidity – A measure of clarity of drinking water. The lower the turbity
that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible microbial contamination. the better.
using the best available treatment technology. M
• illerems per year (mrem/year) – Measure of radiation absorbed by • mfl – million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)
• Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in the body. p
• pt – parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter
drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs • ND – Not detected. • ppq – parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter
allow for a margin of safety. N
• ephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) – Measurement of turbidity in water. • ppb – parts per billion
• aximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of
• icocuries per liter (pCi/L) – A measure of radioactivity. p
• pm – parts per million
disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition • Point of Entry (POE) – Point of entry.
of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Drinking water systems are critical to public health, fire
protection, economic development and quality of life.
Service disruptions can endanger the public and result
in significant economic loss. To provide safe and reliable
Why do city workers flush water out of fire drinking water to customers, city staff operates and
hydrants that appear to be perfectly fine maintains six pump stations, eight elevated tanks, 10
when residents and businesses are asked to ground storage tanks, and approximately 700 miles of
conserve? water mains. Irving has more than 120 miles of cast iron
pipe that is at or near the end of its expected life. Due
Public water systems are required to be to corrosion, multiple pipe breaks and associated
flushed periodically from the distribution maintenance, new pipes are needed to replace old cast
piping to maintain quality water that meets iron pipes.
state and federal standards. Water is typically
flushed from the system each week through High-quality water is delivered to customers’ homes and businesses at less than a penny a gallon. Water
a fire hydrant or flushing valve. Additional rates help provide revenue to maintain high-quality water service, reduce service interruptions due to aging
flushing is generally required during warmer infrastructure and expand system capacity for future needs. Irving water customers, even with past
months because higher temperatures cause adjustments, have some of the lowest water and sewer rates among Dallas’ member cities. Revenue
the chlorine to dissipate quickly. Frequent generated via adjustments help continue upgrades to the city’s water and wastewater system.
flushing also is required for areas with older
cast iron pipes and areas that are farther In addition, water rates address failing infrastructure, fixed expenses and regulatory obligations.
away from pump stations. The state requires
a minimum level of chlorine available in the F
• ailing Infrastructure – Pipes need to be replaced each year to avoid water loss, unhealthy sewer
line at all times to kill any bacteria that may leaks, loss of service and fines due to not meeting regulatory standards. Line replacements are critical
try to grow. Flushing ensures that appropriate to maintain water quality, and to prevent outages and property damage due to line breaks and sewer
chorine levels are maintained. backups. Replacements are expensive and costs increase over time.
• ixed Expenses – Regardless of the time of year or amount of rainfall, Water Utilities must have the
infrastructure to deliver an ample, high-quality supply of water for its customers. Water Utilities fixed
expenses make up a majority of the budget and must be paid no matter how much water is sold.
• egulatory Obligations – The TCEQ requires water utilities to meet regulatory standards by
completing water study projects and paying water quality fees. TCEQ fees increase over time. In
addition, existing agreements with the TCEQ require the city to replace a designated amount of
infrastructure each year. The city must pay for the regulatory costs of these studies, fees and line
To decrease the financial and operational impacts placed on customers, innovative approaches to water and
wastewater system maintenance are being embraced by the city. Through increased coordination between
the Capital Improvements Program Team and the Water Utilities Department, a closer look is being given
to the existing condition of both the water and wastewater systems, which can result in their simultaneous
A list of completed, in-progress and upcoming projects is available at cityofirving.org/cip/cip-projects.asp.
For more information, contact Water Utilities at (972) 721-2281.
The City of Irving has an irrigation ordinance in place that complies with requirements established by the
state. This ordinance is designed to encourage effective and responsible maintenance and use of irrigation
systems. Every business and residence in Irving that has an irrigation system is required to have a rain/
freeze sensor. A sensor must operate effectively and prevent activation of the system during precipitation or
Using a QR application, when temperatures drop to levels approaching the freezing point. While having a properly operating sensor
scan this code to learn is important, the city’s irrigation ordinance also prohibits the wasting of water through the following:
about a program that allows
students to earn water • Allowing irrigation water to spray onto artificial surfaces such as fences and walls
licenses while getting their • Failing to ensure system maintenance resulting in wasting of water
high school diploma.
• Irrigating during any type of precipitation
• Irrigating with broken, misdirected or missing sprinkler parts
• Watering non-landscaped surfaces such as sidewalks and streets
Providing safe drinking water to the
community is a complex business. This report City ordinances prohibit irrigation between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31. Avoiding
provides residents with information that is mid-day watering reduces the potential for evaporation. It also is best not to water during windy conditions.
comprehensive and explained as simply as Water Utilities, Code Enforcement and Police personnel are all involved in patrol and enforcement. A single
possible. For more details, contact Water incident may violate multiple portions of the irrigation ordinance, and each violation may be subject to a
Utilities at (972) 721-2281. Residents can fine of up to $2,000. Given the importance of using water wisely and the severity of the fines, it is a good
voice any concerns about their drinking water. idea to monitor irrigation systems for proper operation.
For inquiries about public participation and When watering by hand, use positive shutoff hose nozzles or buckets. Harvesting rainwater by collection in
policy decisions, call (972) 721-2493. barrels also is encouraged in order to meet watering needs. For more information, call (972) 721-2281 or
For information about drinking water,
call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Learn how to fix small leaks
Hotline at (800) 426-4791. around the house to save money
by scanning this code using a
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Runoff Election to Decide Place 1, 2 Council Members
Registered voters will head back to the polls for a runoff election June 15 to elect City Council members to District
1, a single-member district; and Place 2, an at-large position.
Only registered voters living in District 1 are eligible management UPS Freight and 50-year resident who 2 but did not receive enough votes to be included
to vote in the Place 1 race while all Irving voters may received 38.41 percent of the votes. in the runoff. Place 1 candidate Luis Reyes received
vote for Place 2. The runoff election is required since 11.64 percent of the votes; and Juan Martin Ronco Jr.
none of the four candidates who ran in District 1 or Early Voting Dates, Times received 7.08 percent of the votes. Place 2 runners-
Place 2 garnered a majority of votes as required by 8
u a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3–7 (Monday through Friday) up Francis Schommer received 7.19 percent of the
the City Charter. Candidates in the runoff election 8
u a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 (Saturday) votes; and René Castilla received 26.05 percent of
will include only the leading two candidates for each 1
u p.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 (Sunday) the votes.
place. Candidates are presented in ballot order. 7
u a.m. to 7 p.m. June 10–11 (Monday, Tuesday)
Gerald Farris was re-elected to the Place 7 seat with
District 1 voters will decide between attorney-at-law Early Voting Locations 100 percent of the votes. In addition, Irving voters
John Danish, 62, a 62-year-resident who received City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. passed all 25 amendments to the City Charter, which
49.41 percent of the votes, and Loren Byers, 67, Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail are now in effect.
retired and 32-year resident who received 31.87
percent of the votes. Election Day Voting Date, Times Residents voting on Election Day must vote at the
u a.m. to 7 p.m. June 15 (see below for polling polling place designated by the election precinct
All registered voters can choose between Kensley places) in which they reside (listed below). Results will be
Stewart, 52, a 20-year Irving resident who received posted to cityofirving.org and dalcoelections.org.
28.35 percent of the votes; and Allan E. Meagher, 50, The following candidates ran for Place 1 and Place Call the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493 for
information about the runoff election. n
Place 1 Candidates Place 2 Candidates
Candidatos para Lugar 1 Candidatos para Lugar 2
June 15 Polling Places
para el 15 de Junio
City Precinct Polling Place election
John Danish Loren Byers Kensley Stewart Allan A. Meagher No. Lugar del Distrito electoral Precincts
Distrito electoral No. Numero del Distrito
Thomas Haley Elementary
1 4628, 4632,
3601 Cheyenne St.
Elección de Segunda Vuelta para decidir los
Representantes de los Lugares 1, 7 2
A.S. Johnston Elementary 4623, 4624,
2801 Rutgers Drive 4629, 4640
Los votantes registrados se dirigirán de nuevo u 8
a.m. a 5 p.m. El 8 de junio (sábado)
a las casillas para votar en una elección de de u 1
p.m. a 6 p.m. El 9 de junio (domingo)
desempate el 15 de junio para decidir a miembros u a.m. a 7 p.m. El 10–11 de junio (lunes y martes)
7 MacArthur High School 4631, 4633,
del Ayuntamiento para el Distrito 1, un distrito de 3700 North MacArthur Blvd. 4634, 4639,
un solo miembro; y para el Lugar 2, una posición Lugar para Votación Adelantada 4641, 4642
mayoritaria. Solamente los votantes registrados que Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad, 825 W. Irving Boulevard 4607, 4611,
viven en el Distrito 1 son elegibles para votar en la Biblioteca Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 4612, 4613,
Irving High School
4 4614, 4615,
competencia del Lugar 1 mientras todos los votantes 900 O’Connor Road
de Irving pueden votar por el Lugar 2. La elección de Día y horario de elecciones y Fecha de Votación 4655, 4656,
segunda vuelta de desempate es requerida ya que 7
u a.m. a 7 p.m. El 15 de junio (ver directamente
J.R. Good Elementary 4616, 4617,
ninguno de los cuatro candidatos que corrieron por para sitios de votación)
5 1200 East Union Bower 4620, 4646,
el Distrito 1 o Lugar 2 recibió mayoría de votos como Road 4661
es requerido por la Carta Fundacional de la Ciudad. Los candidatos siguientes se lanzaron para el Lugar
Los candidatos que postularán en la elección de 1 y Lugar 2, pero no recibieron suficientes votos para
desempate sólo serán los dos primeros candidatos ser incluidos en la elección de desempate. Lugar 1, 6
Otis Brown Elementary
2501 West Tenth St.
con la mayoría de votos por cada lugar. Los candidato Luis Reyes, recibió el 11.64 por ciento de 4649
candidatos son presentados en orden en la boleta de los votos; y Juan Martin Ronco Jr., recibió el 7.08
votación. por ciento de los votos. Lugar 2 Francis Schommer, 4602, 4603,
recibió el 7.19 por ciento de votos; y René Castilla Lee Britain Elementary 4604, 4650,
631 Edmondson Drive 4651, 4652,
Los votantes para el Distrito 1 decidirán entre el recibió 26.05 por ciento de los votos. 4662
abogado John Danish, de 62 años de edad, residente
de Irving por los últimos 62 años, quien recibió el Gerald Farris fue reelegido para tomar asiento al Cimarron Park Recreation 2601, 2602,
49.41 por ciento de los votos; y Loren Byers, de 67 Lugar 7 con el 100 por ciento de los votos recibidos. 8 Center 2603, 2604,
años de edad, residente retirado, quien ha vivido en Además, los votantes de Irving pasaron todas las 25 201 Red River Trail 2605
Irving por los últimos 32 años, y recibió el 31.87 por enmiendas a la Carta Fundacional de la Ciudad, que
ciento de los votos. están ahora en efecto. Mustang Park Recreation 4635, 4636,
9 Center 4637, 4645,
2223 Kinwest Parkway 4647
Todos los votantes registrados pueden elegir entre Los residentes que votan durante el Día de las
Kensley Stewart, 52 años de edad, un residente de Elecciones deben votar en las casillas de votación
Irving por los últimos 20 años quien recibió el 28.35 designadas por el recinto de elección en el cual ellos
J.O. Davis Elementary 4609, 4610,
por ciento de los votos; y Allan E. Meagher, 50 años residen (puesto en una lista abajo). Los resultados 10
310 Davis Drive 4618, 4653,
de edad, Gerente de Carga de UPS y residente de serán anunciados en la página electrónica de la 4659
Irving por los últimos 50 años y recibió el 38.41 por ciudad a cityofirving.org Y dalcoelections.org. Llame
ciento de los votos. a la oficina de la Secretaria de la Ciudad de Irving al Fire Station No. 8
11 4626, 4627
(972) 721-2493 para información sobre la elección de 650 East Las Colinas Drive
Fechas y Horarios para la Votación Temprana partido de desempate. n
u a.m. a 5 p.m. El 3–7 de junio (de lunes a viernes)
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CITY SNAPSHOTS Arts Center Events, Activities
Residents and visitors are enjoying Irving’s The Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., has something for
thriving social scene. Here are snapshots
from recent events held in the city.
everyone. Need details? Visit irvingartscenter.com or call (972) 252-7558.
“Step Right Up” Cirque Sensation Summer Art
Camp | June 10–14 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Irving Arts Center Art Lab | $198
KidsArts program will have a multi-arts camp for
ages 6–12 featuring painting, mosaics, loom weaving,
puppetry and creative writing, and an introduction to
“The Music Man” Lyric Stage’s Super Stars Camp
June 10–28 | 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ICTN’s Ashley Roberts interviews Power Ranger Jason David Carpenter Lobby | $685
Frank for “City Source” at the sold-out Comic Con expo held Youth, ages 12–18, can participate in a production
at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.
of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” Featuring
instruction by musical theater professionals, the three-
week camp culminates in two performances at 7:30 p.m.,
June 27 and 28 in Carpenter Hall.
“The Music Man” | June 14–23 | 2:30 and 8 p.m.
Carpenter Performance Hall | $25–$53 “Reflections” by Jan Archuleta, CWS
Lyric Stage presents Meredith Willson’s musical, “The
Music Man.” This Tony Award-winning classic features In the Galleries
many memorable characters, and hits including “‘Til Western Federation of Watercolor Societies | Main
There Was You,” “Goodnight My Someone” and Gallery | June 1–July 7 | Free
“Seventy-six Trombones.” The 38th annual juried exhibition of water media works
The Music on Main Street Concert Series kicked off with
Vocal Trash on April 27; a concert featuring Three Kings is from the WFWS is hosted in Irving by the
set for June 22 at Whistlestop Plaza, 200 N. Main St. “Windjammers & Joeys” Cirque Sensation Southwestern Watercolor Society. Nationally recognized
Summer Art Camp | June 17–21 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. water media artist Mark Mehaffey is the 2013 juror.
Irving Arts Center Art Lab | $198
Irving Arts Center’s multi-arts camp for ages 6–12 Selections from the Tegge Circus Archives Collection |
features ceramics, mixed-media, introduction and Carpenter and Dupree Lobbies | Free
intermediate violin, yoga and clowning classes. June 1–July 28, Dupree Theater Lobby; through
Returning instructors have more than 20 years of Sep. 29, Carpenter Hall Lobby
experience each as professional clowns. Included works explore the American circus through
lithographs, photographs, banners, memorabilia and
“Three Ring Circus” Cirque Sensation Summer historical artifacts.
Art Camp | June 24–28 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble Irving Arts Center Art Lab | $198 Irving Art Association Winners Exhibit | Focus Gallery |
drummed up excitement at the Irving Arts Center on May 4. Multi-arts camp for ages 6–12 features Chinese brush June 8–July 7 | Free
painting and calligraphy, self-portraits, paper weaving, Featuring award-winning artwork from the IAA’s annual
introduction to piano and introduction to dance part two. juried members show. n
Budget Preparation Begins with Good Foundation
With budget planning for the next fiscal year under way, expect that Irving will continue to streamline processes
the city’s finances are sound. Having withstood what and proactively identify ways to reduce operating
There were plenty of smiles at RISE Adventures’ adaptive some economists have labeled “the Great Recession” expenses.”
skating event held at Lively Skate Park.
with no layoffs or furloughs for employees, the city
prepares for the next budget year with several positive Effective fiscal management has helped Irving maintain
economic indicators. the second-lowest property tax rate among the 10 largest
cities in North Texas. In addition, Moody’s Investors
Irving property values experienced a 3.9 percent increase Services and Standard & Poor’s — two of the nation’s
in the 2012–13 fiscal year and financial analysts forecast leading bond agencies — recently affirmed Irving’s
additional growth of up to 3 percent in the coming fiscal double AAA rating. Irving is only one of five Texas cities
year. New residential construction along with office rent to hold this rating, and has done so since 1996.
per square foot is on the rise, and office vacancy rates
are down. Residents are invited to provide input on the 2013–14
fiscal year budget during two remaining hearings set for
For the next fiscal year, the financial team will have to 7 p.m. June 6 and 20 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
Dallas Mavs ManiAACs perform during the
grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration
factor in forecasts of anticipated inflation of food, fuel Two additional hearings will be held to comment on the
of Froyo Smoo-licious. and commodity prices; anticipated direct costs and proposed budget following the budget retreat in August.
increased regulation and reporting of the Affordable Care Budget adoption is scheduled for Sept. 19.
Act (Obamacare); and slow growth in manufacturing.
Residents also can offer comments or ask questions
“We have continued to balance the budget during the about the budget at cityofirving.org/budgetguy. The city’s
toughest times in recent history while improving service budget year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Call the City
delivery,” Budget Administrator Bret Starr said. “We are Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493 to confirm hearing
committed to a sustainable budget; and residents can dates. n
“City Spectrum” is published by the City of Irving Communications Department to keep residents informed.
This award-winning publication is distributed monthly to more than 90,000 Irving households.
Derrick Thompson / Editor
PGA Tour Pro D.A. Points signs autographs at the HP Byron Heather Taylor / Design Supervisor
Nelson at The Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas Interact with Irving Online
Tammy Hanson / Editorial Coordinator
on May 19. The event welcomed 200,000-plus attendees.
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