Sanitary Sewer Policy
All sewer customers are encouraged to call the city whenever they experience sewer problems at their property. The problem may be caused by a stoppage in the city’s sewer main or the customer’s service line. If the city crew can correct the problem by cleaning the city’s sewer main, the customer can save the cost of a plumber’s service call. The city crew will respond to all service calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When the city receives a call for this service the crew will clean the sewer main that is connected to the customer’s service line. However, if the cleaning of the city main does not correct the problem, then at this time the property owner should seek the services of a plumbing contractor.
A house sewer (service lateral) is defined in Section 98-91 of the Haltom City Code of Ordinances as the pipe, which carries wastewater from your home or business to the point of connection with the public sewer main. It identifies the sewer service lateral as belonging to the property owner. In many cases a portion of that lateral line is under the street.
In the past, when there was a failure of the lateral under the pavement, the property owner was responsible for hiring a plumbing contractor to make the repair to the lateral, and then repair the street. Recently, street repairs have become quite expensive. In order to spare our customer the expense of street repairs, the city is now offering to make repairs to service laterals under the pavement if the following conditions are met:
- If after the city crew has determined that the city sewer main is clear, the property owner must have a plumber attempt to clear the stoppage in the customer service line. If the plumber discovers that there is a line failure under the pavement, then the plumber must locate and identify that failure by TV inspection in the presence of a city sewer maintenance employee. The city will not dig up laterals under the pavement that the city believes has roots, grease, or debris that can be cleared by conventional cleaning methods. It is the customer’s responsibility to employ the services of a contractor who is equipped to correct such problems and has the ability to perform closed circuit TV inspection.
- If it is determined by city personnel that the service line cannot be cleared, the city will schedule the repair for the third working day after such a determination, if possible. If there is a complete interruption of service it may be possible to make the repair sooner. By law, the city is required to give forty-eight (48) hour notice to other utilities (Electric, Atmos, USIC, etc.) before digging in the street right-of-way. Failure to do so makes the City liable for any damages to their utility lines and places the city employees at risk of injury.
In order to contact city personnel for assistance with a sewer problem Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., call Public Works at 817-834-9036. Requests for service outside of these should be directed to the Police Department non-emergency number 817-834-7321. In order to schedule a sewer maintenance crew leader or supervisor to meet with your plumber, you must specifically request that service when making your call. These arrangements can be made the day of the call but are by appointment only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
HALTOM CITY PUBLIC WORKS
Sanitary Sewer Policy
4200 Hollis Street
Haltom City, Texas 76111
Drainage Guidelines & Requirements
Haltom City’s stormwater/drainage requirements for any development (not just new development) are located in various locations in the City’s Code of Ordinances and the City’s Subdivision Ordinance. Owners, developers, applicants, engineers, contractors, etc. are encouraged to review the following locations in regards to the stormwater/drainage requirements that are applicable to their development project:
Code of Ordinances, Section 86-182: “Minimum Control Requirements”
All stormwater management practices shall be designed so that the specific storm frequency storage volumes (e.g., water quality, channel protection, ten-year, one-hundred-year) as identified in the current drainage design manual are met, unless the city engineer grants a waiver or the owner is exempt from such requirements. If hydro-logic or topographic conditions warrant greater control than that provided by the minimum control requirements, the city engineer may impose any additional requirements deemed necessary to control the volume, timing, and rate of runoff.
(Ord. No. O-2012-003-011, § 1, 2-13-12)
Code of Ordinances, Section 86-186: “Structural Stormwater Practices”
Owners are required by the city to implement structural measures to reduce runoff volumes and velocities at sites where downstream infrastructure is insufficient to accommodate developed flows. The following methods shall be considered appropriate for consideration as structural stormwater practices:
- Swales and channels;
- Culverts, inlets and pipes;
- Energy dissipaters;
- Infiltration trenches;
- Stormwater ponds;
- Porous surfaces; and
- Re-use (rain harvesting, etc.)
(Ord. No. O-2012-003-011, § 1, 2-13-12)
Haltom City Subdivision Ordinance, Section 21-104: “Sheet No. 2 – Topography, Street, and Drainage Plan”
This sheet may be prepared on a reproducible copy of Sheet No. 1 so that the same information will be repeated together with the following:
- Topographical information including contour lines on a basis of two(2') foot intervals. All elevation shall be on U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey datum or referenced to a City bench mark on the same datum.The datum used shall be specified on the drawing.
- Any proposed changes in topography shown by contour lines on a basis of five feet vertical interval in terrain.
- Areas contributing drainage to the proposed subdivision shall be shown on small scale supplemental drawings. The information to be submitted shall include the area, slope and type of development and quantity of drainage in the contributing area.
- At points where drainage enters or leaves the proposed subdivision the following information shall be provided:a. location of entrance and discharge points b. DA (Drainage Area)c. 25d. Q100All drainage must be planned in the best interests of the immediate and adjacent properties. Any present adverse "drainage situations"shall not be made any worse than existing.
- Drainage arrows shall be shown for all streets and drainage easements. When the maximum permissible capacity of streets to carry storm water is exceeded the location of storm sewers, curb inlets, open channels and other drainage facilities shall be shown.
- Supplemental information showing the preliminary design calculations for drainage shall be furnished and attached to the Topography and Drainage Plan. Calculations shall conform to the current design criteria adopted by the City. Areas subject to flooding shall be shown,delineating the 100-year flood limits if applicable.
- The exact location, dimension, description, and flow line of existing drainage structures and the location, flow line and flood plain and flood way of existing water courses within the subdivision or contiguous tracts.
- The width of surfacing measured from back-to-back of curbs shall be Page 28shown for all streets. The width of drainage and other easements shall be shown.
- The responsible entity for the operation and maintenance of any building, park, equipment, pools, plantings, lawns or other legal interests if it is proposed that they are to be shared by owners of the real property within the subdivision.
Haltom City Subdivision Ordinance, Section 28-105: “Storm Drainage Plans”
- A plan and profile of proposed storm sewers or channels, showing hydraulic data, pipe grades and sizes, manholes, inlets, pipe connections, outlet structures, etc., in conformance with the criteria as shown in Part XI of this Ordinance and the Standard Details adopted by the City Council. Each plan shall show the seal and signature of the registered professional civil engineer who prepared the plans. Each sheet shall include north point, scale, date, and bench mark description to sea level datum.
- A general location map of the subdivision showing the entire watershed (a U.S.G.S. quadrangle is satisfactory).
- Calculations showing the anticipated storm water flow, including watershed area, percent runoff, and time of concentrations shall be submitted showing basis for design for a Q25 and Q100 storm.
- Detailed plans shall be submitted for any bridges, culverts, catch basins, any other drainage structures, or any other improvements to be made.Page 375. Any existing adverse "drainage situations" shall not be made any worse than existing.
Haltom City Subdivision Ordinance, Section 42-102: “Drainage Easements”
Easements for storm drainage facilities shall be provided at locations Page 58 containing proposed or existing drainage ways.
- Storm drainage easements of twenty feet (20') minimum width shall be provided for existing and proposed enclosed drainage systems.Easements shall be centered on the systems, unless otherwise approved by the City Engineer. Larger easements, where necessary, shall be provided as follows:Pipe Size Width of Easement30" thru 42" 25 ft.48" thru 60" 30 ft.
- Storm drainage easements along proposed or existing open channels shall provide sufficient width for the required channel designed for"fully developed conditions" and such additional width, fifteen feet (15')minimum, as may be required to provide ingress and egress for maintenance equipment; to provide clearance from fences and space for utility poles; to allow maintenance of the channel bank; and to provide adequate slopes necessary along the bank. Adequate slopes for natural channels is defined as 4:1 (run:rise); natural slopes steeper than this will only be permitted when approved by the appropriate public works maintenance division.
- Storm drainage easements shall be provided for emergency overflow drainage ways of sufficient width to contain within the easement storm water resulting from a 100-year frequency rain event based on "fully developed conditions."
- The storm drainage facilities indicated in 43-103(b) and 43-103(c) of above shall be designed with one foot (1') of "free-board"; however, if this one foot (1') of "free-board" increases the capacity of the storm drainage facility by a factor greater than "1.25 X the capacity required for the discharge from a fully developed 100-year rain event", then the storm drainage facility shall be designed to have "free-board" up to the"1.25 X the capacity required for the discharge from a fully developed100-year rain event" elevation.
The width of the easements described in Items (a) through (d) above shall be substantiated by a drainage study and drainage calculations or other criteria submitted to and approved by the City Engineer.
Haltom City Subdivision Ordinance, Article 49: “Storm Drainage Facilities”
General Drainage facilities shall be provided and constructed by the sub divider or developer in accordance with current design criteria adopted by the City and the Haltom City Standard Specifications for Street and Drainage Construction and the following basic requirements:
- When conditions upstream from a proposed channel or storm drain outside the limits of the ownership of the sub divider or developer do not permit maximum design flow, the drainage facilities shall be designed based on potential and fully developed conditions.
- When conditions downstream from a proposed channel or storm drain outside the limits of the ownership of the sub divider or developer do not permit maximum design flow, water surface elevations for a 100-year design frequency shall be indicated considering the downstream condition in order to define the potential flood hazards. Solutions to protect the property shall be developed.
- All drainage improvements shall be designed to an acceptable outfall.
- Where there is a question as to the justification or size of drainage facilities, doubt will be resolved in favor of additional drainage capacity.
- The combined capacity of storm drain pipe, street and surface drainage shall contain the 100 year design flow at the R.O.W. lines.The finish floor elevation shall be at least one foot (1') above the 100-year flood Base Flood Elevation (BFE).
- The developer shall install an underground storm drain beginning at the point where the calculated storm water runoff is of such a quantity two feet (2')Page 65that it will overflow the street at curb height. The storm drain shall be constructed from this point to an approved outlet where the storm water can be discharged safely without damage or flooding of adjacent property.
- The developer may install a concrete lined channel in lieu of installing pipe larger than sixty inches (60"). When the pipe required to meet these subdivision regulations is less than sixty inches (60"), the flow from this rain event must be carried in such a pipe. When an open channel is necessary, it shall be at the rear of residential lots and meet the requirements of Sections 42-102 and 42-103. In the event it is necessary to locate the drainage facility adjacent to and parallel to a street it shall be a closed conduit even though pipe sizes larger than sixty inches (60") are required.
- A permanent six foot (6') chain link fence or other fence meeting the requirements of the City shall be constructed to enclose the channel area where it is adjacent to residential lots and also in other cases where it is deemed necessary to restrict access to the channel.
- All drainage facilities shall be constructed on public right-of-way or easements dedicated for the purpose. Drainage easements shall be ofa sufficient size to permit access for maintenance of the drainage facility.
- When a drainage ditch or storm drain pipe, culvert or bridge is proposed, calculations shall be submitted showing basis for design.
- When a drainage channel, storm drain pipe, culvert or bridge is proposed, completed plans, profiles and specifications shall be submitted, showing complete construction details and detailed cost estimate.
- The sub divider or developer shall indicate present DA's I25, I100, Q25,and Q100.
- The sub divider or developer shall indicate proposed DA's I25, I100, Q25,and Q100.
- The sub divider or developer shall indicate both present and proposed contours and direction of drainage.
- Any present adverse drainage problems shall not be made worse.
- Proposed drainage shall flow to drainage easements, storm drain facilities and/or publicly dedicated streets only.
- Existing capacities of drainage easements, storm drain facilities and/or publicly dedicated streets shall be indicated.
- Existing capacities of drainage easements, storm drain facilities and/or publicly dedicated streets shall not be exceeded.
- Directing or allowing drainage onto private property will not be allowed.
Drainage requirements shall be based on the Rational Method of Design (Q =CIA).
Q = Discharge or surface runoff in cubic feet per second.
C = Coefficient of runoff
- 0.35 for parks and undeveloped areas
- 0.50 for single family or duplex residential areas
- 0.80 for multi-family residential areas
- 1.00 for paved, commercial, and industrial areas
I = Intensity of runoff in inches per hour.
A = Drainage areas in acres.
A minimum time of concentration of ten minutes shall be used, with detailed computation made to determine the exact time of concentration to each inlet facility.
Design Storm Frequency
|*Type of Facility
||Description of Area to be Drained
|| Maximum Allowable Time of Concentration
| Recommended Design Frequency
||Residential, Commercial & Manufacturing
|Culverts, Bridges, Channels & Creeks
||Any type of area less that 100 acres
|Culverts, Bridges, Channels & Creeks
||Any type of area greater that 100 acres but less than 1,000 acres
|Culverts, Bridges, Channels & Creeks
|| Any type of area greater that 1,000 acres
*In all cases, the discharge from a 100-year rain event for "fully developed conditions" shall be completely carried within a drainage easement and/or R.O.W.
NOTE: The above information/hyperlinks are not intended to be an all-encompassing list of list of Haltom City’s stormwater/drainage requirements. Rather, the above is provided as an aide for owners, developers, applicants, engineers, contractors, who are looking for a quick guide/reference.
Storm-water Drainage & FEMA Floodplain Information
The following links are of Federal, State and local government websites for citizens and property owners to review and become better informed on issues regarding storm-water drainage and FEMA Floodplains.
Flood protection for you and your property
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
USGA (United States Geological Survey)
Review the real time stream gauge data in the Trinity River Basin; Stream Gauge 08048800 of Big Fossil Creek at S.H. 26 (south of Broadway) and also the West Fork Trinity River at Beach Street Stream Gauge 08048543.
US Army Corps of Engineers (Fort Worth District)
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
USGS Stream Gauges:
W Fk Trinity Rv at Beach St, Ft Worth, TX
Big Fossil Ck, Haltom City, TX
USGS Stream Gauges
State & Local Information
Haltom City Flood Evacuation Map
TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)
Texas Water Development Board
NCTCOG (North Central Texas Council of Governments)
TFMA - Texas Floodplain Management Administration
Weather and Preparedness
Turn Around, Don't Drown
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
ASFPM (Association of State Floodplain Managers)
The benchmark data listed from the following documents is provided as an initial reference only for developers, surveyors and property owners. Haltom City has not field verified these benchmarks for their vertical and horizontal control accuracy.
Little Fossil Creek Flood Control Improvements
2000 Old FEMA not Current/Effective
2015 North Beach St. Improvements
Haltom City Belknap St. Control Data Exhibit
2005 Haltom City Geodetic Control Network
Drought/Water Emergency Plan
The purpose of this Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan (subsequently referred to as the Plan) is as follows:
- To conserve the available water supply in times of drought and emergency
- To maintain supplies for domestic water use, sanitation, and fire protection
- To protect and preserve public health, welfare, and safety
- To minimize the adverse impacts of water supply shortages
- To minimize the adverse impacts of emergency water supply conditions
The full PDF file detailing Haltom City's Drought & Water Emergency Plan can be downloaded here.
Water Conservation Methods
In-home water use accounts for an average of sixty-five percent (65%) of total residential use, while the remaining thirty-five percent (35%) is used for exterior residential purposes such as lawn watering and car washing. Average residential in-home water use data indicates that about forty percent (40%) is used for toilet flushing, thirty-five percent (35%) for bathing, eleven percent (11%) for kitchen uses, and fourteen percent (14%) for laundry. Water saving methods that can be practiced by the individual water user are listed below.
The entire official, detailed version of Haltom City's Water Conservation Plan can be downloaded here (PDF). Haltom City's official Drought and Water Emergency Plan can be downloaded here (PDF).
Water Conservation Methods That Can Be Practiced By The Individual Water User
- Take a shower instead of filling the tub and taking a bath. Showers usually use less water than bathtubs.
- Install a low-flow shower head that restricts the quantity of flow at 60 psi to not more than 3.0 gallons per minute.
- Take short showers and install a cutoff valve or turn the water off while soaping and back on again only to rinse.
- Do not use hot water when cold water will do. Washing hands with soap and cold water can save water and energy; hot water should only be added when hands are especially dirty.
- Reduce the level of the water being used in a bathtub by one or two inches if a shower is not available.
- Turn water off when brushing teeth until it is time to rinse.
- Do not let the water run when washing hands. Instead, hands should be wet and water should be turned off while soaping and scrubbing and turned on again to rinse. A cutoff valve may also be installed on the faucet.
- Shampoo hair in the shower. Shampooing in the shower takes only a little more water than is used to shampoo hair during a bath and much less than shampooing and bathing separately.
- Hold hot water in the basin when shaving instead of letting the faucet continue to run.
- Test toilets for leaks. To test for a leak, a few drops of food coloring can be added to the water in the tank. The toilet should not be flushed. The customer can then watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. If it does, the fixture needs adjustment or repair.
- Use a toilet tank displacement device. A one-gallon plastic milk bottle can be filled with stones or water, recapped and placed in the toilet tank. This will reduce the amount of water in the tank but provide enough for flushing. (Bricks are not recommended since they eventually crumble and could damage the working mechanism, necessitating a call to the plumber.) Displacement devices should never be used with new low-volume flush toilets.
- Install faucet aerators to reduce water consumption.
- Never use the toilet to dispose of cleansing tissues, cigarette butts or other trash. This can waste a great deal of water and also places an unnecessary load on the sewage treatment plant or septic tank.
- Install a new low-volume flush toilet that uses a 3.5 gallons or less per flush when building a new home or remodeling a bathroom.
- Use a pan of water (or place a stopper in the sink) for rinsing pots and pans and cooking implements when cooking rather than turning on the water faucet each time a rinse is needed.
- Never run the dishwasher unless it is fully loaded. This saves water, energy and the expensive detergent will last longer.
- Use the sink disposal sparingly, and never use it for just a few scraps.
- Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running water from the tap until it is cool wastes water. Better still, keeping the water in picnic jug on the kitchen counter to avoid opening the refrigerator door saves both water and energy.
- Use a small pan of water when clean vegetables rather than letting the faucet run.
- Use only a little water in the pot and put a lid on it for cooking most food. Not only does this method save water, but also the food is more nutritious since vitamins and minerals are not poured down the drain with extra cooking water.
- Use a pan of water for rinsing when hand washing dishes rather than running the faucet.
- Always keep water conservation in mind and think of other ways to save in the kitchen. Small kitchen savings from not making too much coffee or letting ice cubes melt in a sink can add up in year’s time.
- Wash only a full load when using an automatic washing machine (32 to 59 gallons of water are required per load).
- Use the lowest water level setting on the washing machine for light loads whenever possible.
- Use cold water as often as possible to save energy and to conserve the hot water for uses which cold water cannot serve. (This is also better for clothing made of today’s synthetic fabrics.)
Appliances & Plumbing
- Check water requirements of various models and brands when considering purchasing any new appliance that uses water. Some use less water than others.
- Check all water line connections and faucets for leaks. A slow drip can waste as much as 170 gallons of water EACH DAY or 5,000 gallons per month, and can add as much as $5-$10 per month to the water bill.
- Learn to replace the faucet washers so that drips can be promptly corrected. It is easy to do, costs very little and can represent a substantial amount saved in plumbing and water bills.
- Check for water leakage that the customer may be entirely unaware of, such as a leak between the water meter and the house. To check, turn off all indoor and outdoor faucets and check the water meter. If the meter continues to turn, a leak probably exists and needs to be located.
- Be sure the hot water heater thermostat is not set too high. Extremely hot settings waste water and energy because the water often has to be cooled with cold water before it can be used.
- Use a moisture meter to determine when houseplants need water. More plants die from over watering than from being on the dry side. Also, moisture-retaining gel packs can be added to potting soil to help retain moisture.
- Water lawns early in the morning during the hotter summer months. Much of the water used on the lawn can simply evaporate before it gets on the grass.
- Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water rather than a fine mist to avoid evaporation.
- Turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom to avoid evaporation.
- Water slowly for better absorption, and never water in high winds.
- Forget about watering the streets, sidewalks or driveways. They will grow anything.
- Condition the soil with compost before planting grass or flowers so that water will soak in rather than run off.
- Fertilize lawns at least twice a year for root stimulation. Grass with a good root system makes better use of less water.
- Learn to know when grass needs watering. Water when the grass turns a dull gray green color or if footprints remain visible.
- Do not water too frequently. Too much water can overload the soil so that air cannot get to the roots and can encourage plant diseases.
- Do not over water. Soil can absorb only so much moisture and the rest simply runs off. A timer will help. An inch and one-half of water applied once a week will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.
- Operate an automatic sprinkler only when the demand on the town’s water supply is the lowest. Set the system to operate between 4:00 am and 6:00 am.
- Do not scalp lawns when mowing during hot weather. Taller grass holds moisture better. Grass should be cut fairly often so that only ½ to ¾ inches are trimmed off.
- Use a watering can or hand water with the hose in small areas of the lawn that need more frequent watering (those near walks or driveways or in especially hot, sunny spots).
- Learn what types of grass, shrubbery and plants do the best in the area and in which parts of the lawn, and then plant accordingly. If one has a heavily shaded yard, no amount of water will make roses bloom. In especially dry sections of the state, attractive arrangements of plants that are adapted to arid to semi-arid climates should be chosen.
- Consider decorating areas of the lawn with rocks, gravel, wood chips or other materials now available that require no water at all. Check with the City Planning Department for restrictions.
- Do not “sweep” walks and driveways with the hose. Use a broom instead.
- Use a bucket of soapy water and use the hose only for rinsing when washing the car.
Flood Elevation Certificates/Rate Map
Flood Elevation Certificates are part of the National Flood Insurance Program and are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
You can download a PDF Elevation Certificate instruction/application form here.
Flood Insurance Rate Map
Flood Insurance Certificates
6405 Airport Fwy (Woodard & Delux Inn)
5400 Denton Hwy (Midway)
5304 Denton Hwy
5230 Denton Hwy
3020 Haltom Rd.
5230 Denton Hwy
2355 & 2367 Pecan
2318 Pecan (Carrier & Totaline)
The division of Environmental Services monitors mosquito proliferation in Haltom City. Tarrant County has additional information available online here, including an interactive map that shows mosquito trap locations and where positive West Nile Virus mosquito samples are found.
Haltom City Environmental Services created a PowerPoint (converted to PDF here) that explains the history, life cycle and preventative measures of West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes.
A great, interactive website assists you in spotting potential mosquito-breeding spots around your house can be found here.
More information is also available at the CDC website.
Mosquito Monitoring & Prevention
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain that can be caused by viruses. Symptoms of encephalitis can range from mild to severe. Symptoms include rapid onset of severe headaches, high fever, and mental disturbances such as confusion, irritability, tremors, stupor and coma. Severe cases sometimes end in death or with survivors suffering permanent loss of limb function, reduction of intelligence and/or emotional instability.
Not all types of encephalitis viruses are carried by mosquitoes. However, mosquitoes carry at least two types of encephalitis viruses that cause human disease in Texas. West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis are normally an infection of wild birds but can be passed to other mammals by mosquitoes; in humans both viruses affect mainly individuals over 50 years old or those with weakened immune systems.
Mosquitoes can also infect dogs with heartworm. The worms live in the heart and can severely weaken or kill the dog. Although difficult to treat, this disease is easily prevented by medication that can be prescribed by your veterinarian.
All three of the viruses mentioned above are transmitted by a species of Culex mosquito. Culex mosquitoes, which breed in places like ditches, open septic systems, discarded tires, unused pools, and other assorted containers, particularly in shady areas. Mosquito larvae or "wrigglers" must live in still water for five or more days to complete their growth before changing into adult biting mosquitoes capable of transmitting disease. Often, the number of mosquitoes in an area can be reduced by removing sources of standing water. Hundreds of mosquitoes can come from a single discarded tire and thousands from an untreated swimming pool.
Mosquito-Proof Your Surroundings
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drum, bottles or any water-holding containers
- Fill in or drain any low places in the yard
- Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly
- Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris
- Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use. Unused swimming pools should be kept chlorinated weekly or treated with mosquito larvicide monthly
- Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water
- Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week
- Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
- Only a constant, complete program to control mosquitoes will reduce the numbers, the nuisance and the danger of disease
FAQs on West Nile Virus
What is West Nile virus?
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, West Nile virus infection causes a mild or moderate, short-lived flu-like illness, or causes no symptoms at all. However in some cases, particularly among persons 50 years of age and older, it can cause serious neurological diseases such as encephalitis, meningitis, or paralysis. West Nile virus first appeared in North America in New York City in 1999. Since then, the virus has spread across the continental United States. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information on West Nile virus nationally.
How is West Nile virus spread?
- Infected Mosquitoes. Most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.
- Transfusions, Transplants, and Mother-to-Child. In a very small number of cases, WNV also has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding and even during pregnancy from mother to baby.
- Not through touching. WNV is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.
What can be done to prevent West Nile Virus?
Prevention is the best defense against West Nile Virus. Haltom City residents are reminded to enjoy the outdoors, and remember the Four D’s:
- Dusk and Dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
- DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days.
What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus either have no symptoms (80%) or experience a mild or moderate illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, or body aches before fully recovering. It is estimated that 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile Fever. Of these, 1/150 persons may develop the more serious neuroinvasive West Nile.
Some persons may also develop a rash or swollen lymph glands. In some individuals, particularly persons 50 years of age and older, West Nile virus can cause serious disease that affects the brain and spinal tissue. Severe illness may include encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), or acute flaccid paralysis (a polio-like syndrome in which muscles become very weak or paralyzed). Symptoms of more severe disease may include headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, confusion, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and/or paralysis. At its most serious, West Nile virus can cause permanent neurological damage and death. Among those people who need to be hospitalized for West Nile virus, 10-15% die of their illness. People who do develop symptoms normally become ill 3-15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.
How is West Nile Virus treated?
There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus. Most people who become infected will get better on their own. In more severe cases, intensive supportive therapy is indicated, i.e., hospitalization, intravenous (IV) fluids and nutrition, airway management, ventilator support if needed, prevention of secondary infections and proper nursing care.
Who is most at risk for getting severe West Nile virus disease from being bitten by an infected mosquito?
- People over 50 at higher risk to get severe illness. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.
- Being outside means you're at risk. The more time you're outdoors, the more time you could be bitten by an infected mosquito. Pay attention to avoiding mosquito bites if you spend a lot of time outside, either working or playing.
- Immunocompromised persons, such as persons who have received organ transplants.
How long does it take to get sick if bitten by an infected mosquito?
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience only mild illness. If illness does occur, symptoms generally appear between 3 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Can you get West Nile virus directly from birds?
There is no evidence that a person can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds. However, persons should avoid bare-handed contact when handling any dead animals and use gloves or double plastic bags to place the carcass in a garbage can.
What is being done to protect residents against West Nile Virus?
The City of Haltom City relies upon surveillance, both by residents and City crews, to identify and eliminate any standing water which could serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes and larvae. Typically larvae will thrive in still, shallow water less than 15 inches deep. Bird baths, pet bowls, wading pools, tire swings or any similar receptacle with standing water can serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes.
Download PDF file detailing the West Nile Virus and what Tarrant County and Haltom City are doing to monitor and educate people about it.
Transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has become established in Mexico, the Caribbean and several countries in South and Central America. At this time, Texas has reported a very small number of imported cases, including here in Tarrant County.
Tarrant County Public Health continues to monitor and has also established a Zika Hotline: 817-248-6299. Arbovirus infections, including those caused by Zika virus, are reportable to Tarrant County Public Health at 817-321-5350. More information about Zika virus information and how to minimize you risk can be found at the Tarrant County Zika information website.
Divisions of Haltom City Public Works
The Haltom City Department of Public Works contains eight divisions.
This division is responsible for the timely repair of the City's facilities and internal equipment. This includes a variety of tasks including minor plumbing, air conditioning, electrical, and carpentry work and provides preventative maintenance on building systems.
Engineering is actual contained within its own department, but is headquartered and run out of the Municipal Services Center located on Hollis Street. It's prime responsibility is the review, permitting and inspection of all private development projects (non City initiated) to insure compliance with all City specifications and requirements. These projects involve the public infrastructure and include street construction, traffic control, storm drainage, construction and repair of water lines and sewer facilities. The department supervises the design and construction of capital improvement projects and construction inspection of these projects.
Specific activities include assistance in planning and zoning functions, review of public works plans, street and drainage design, flood plain mapping and management, water distribution and wastewater collection design, and special projects. The engineering department is also responsible for the coordination and management of the City Storm Water Utility Program.
The Environmental Services division is responsible for industrial pretreatment program, the illicit discharge detection and elimination program, grease control program, the mosquito (vector) control program, public pool inspections, as well as, industrial, commercial, and residential inspections for environmental compliance and possible code enforcement. Also in coordination with the City Engineer, Public Information Officer, state and local agencies, and community members, environmental services monitors and helps provides public education about storm water run-off and pollution prevention.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food Establishment Scoring
Storm Water Drainage
Responsible for removing excessive vegetation, debris, sediment, and obstruction in the City’s open waterways, flood control ponds, bridges, and culverts. It also inspects, cleans and rehabilitates the City’s storm sewer pipes and inlets.
The City's Street Maintenance division is responsible for maintenance of the City’s street infrastructure, which includes crack sealing, cleaning and sweeping of streets, pavement markings, curb and gutter repairs, and the development of maintenance and repair strategies. This division is also responsible for the maintenance and installation of traffic signals, school flashers, street signs, mowing of city lots and right-of-ways, and traffic counts.
The street division utilizes the services of contractors to help in the process of milling and overlaying streets and assists in the reclaiming of streets.
This division is responsible for the replacement of water and sewer facilities, reconstruction of streets, as well as demolition and cleanup projects.
An assessment of Haltom City streets was conducted in 1994 and again in 2005. The data is used to establish a comprehensive street improvement plan.
Since the late 1980’s, Haltom City has purchased all drinking water from the City of Fort Worth. In order to provide a daily average demand of 8 million gallons, the City currently has a storage capacity of 12 million gallons and a pumping capacity of 14,000 gallons per minute (20 million gallons per day). The safe drinking water act establishes standards for all drinking water, which include the daily monitoring of chlorine residual, pH, and daily sampling for bacteriology. Recent improvements include a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) installed in 1999/2000 to monitor the City’s water distribution system. Water production is also responsible for the cross connection control program.
Water/Waste Water Maintenance
In addition to routine maintenance of the water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems and fire hydrants, this division responds to emergency calls 24 hours a day to repair broken water mains and clear plugged sanitary sewer mains. Another program responsibility for this division is the comprehensive evaluation and repair of the City’s sanitary sewer collection system. The department also cleans more than ½ million feet of sanitary sewer mains annually.
For after hours emergencies call 817-281-1000.
Haltom City Water Quality Report
By law Haltom City is required to issue a Water Quality Report on an annual basis to it's residents and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Download PDF file of Haltom City's 2013 water quality report (released June 2014).
Haltom City Zoning Ordinance
The Haltom City zoning regulations and districts as herein established, have been made in accordance with a comprehensive plan, for the purpose of promoting health, safety, morals and the general welfare of the City of Haltom City. This ordinance has been designed, among other things, to lessen congestion in the streets, to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers, to provide adequate light and pure air; to avoid undue concentration of population, and to facilitate adequate provisions for transportation, water, sewage, schools, parking areas and other public requirements.
Download PDF file of the 2002 Zoning Ordinance Rewrite, Ordinance No. O-2002-032-15.
The following is a list of amendments to the Haltom City zoning ordinance:
Certain Uses Zoning Update, Ordinance no. O-2016-024-15
Day Laborer Ordinance, Ordinance No. O-2015-020-15
Zoning Matrix Rewrite, Ordinance No. O-2006-014-15 Case # Z-007-06
Non-Depository Financial Institutions, Ordinance No. 2012-005-15 Case # Z-001-12
Tire and Battery Sales Stores, Ordinance No. O-2012-006-15 Case # Z-003-12
Fence Regulations, Ordinance No. O-2015-007-15
Amend "Definitions" of Restaurants, Ordinance No. O-2012-014-15 Case # Z-009-12
Amend "Junked Vehicles & Motor Vehicle Junk Yards", Ordinance No. O-2012-015-25 Case # Z-010-12
Smoke Shops & Smoke Lounges, Ordinance No. O-2014-032-03
Community Home Ordinance, Ordinance No. O-2016-011-15
The City of Haltom City, through its Planning & Community Development Department, provides an important service to citizens and developers by helping to ensure that new construction and new businesses are in compliance with Haltom City development ordinances and that land within the City is platted in accordance with the adopted subdivision ordinance. Also, it is through this department that these ordinances are updated periodically and assistance with zoning or other development questions is provided.
Questions regarding zoning and other development related issues may be discussed in more detail through the recommended pre-application conference provided by the City at no cost to the citizen or developer. The purpose of this service is to determine which development regulations will apply to specific properties.
Zoning regulates how land is used and protects the character of each district. Zoning helps protect property values and the overall quality of the community, as a whole, through controlling density of construction and intensity of land use, as well as setting standards for landscaping, screenings, building setbacks and height. Certain qualifications & procedures must be met when applying for a zoning change:
- Pre-application conference (optional)
- Application fee
- Staff reviews request for compliance with CLUP
- Agenda date determined
- Surrounding property owners within 200 feet of the request are notified by the City stating the time and date of the Public Hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commission (must be done ten days prior to the public hearing)
- Notification is sent to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for publication for time and date of the Planning & Zoning and City Council public hearings (must be done at least 15 days prior to the public hearings)
- Planning and Zoning Commission conducts a public hearing and makes their recommendation to the City Council
- City Council determines approval or disapproval. If approved, the ordinance is passed on first reading
- City Council approves ordinance on second reading at the next official council meeting
- Ordinance is signed by the Mayor and the City Secretary
- Copy of the signed ordinance amending the zoning is available to the applicant
Platting is the way in which property is divided through laying out on paper or mapping each piece of land. A recorded plat indicates lots, easements, rights-of-way, flood areas, boundary markers and other permanent attachments to the land.
Before property may be divided and sold and/or a building permit is issued for construction, the property must be platted. The size of the property and available utilities determine the route to take for the platting process (preliminary and final). The platting process also requires that certain procedures be followed:
- Pre-application conference is optional
- Formal submittal of the request including application fees ($300.00 for residential and $120.00 plus $1.50 per acre for non-residential) and all other required documents
- Staff reviews application and submits review comments to the applicant
- Applicant re-submits with corrections
- If a re-plat, notice to the newspaper is required 15 days prior to the City Council Public Hearing. (This does not apply to "first time" plats)
- A meeting date with the Planning and Zoning Commission is established, if necessary
- Planning and Zoning Commission makes recommendation to the City Council
- City Council conducts meeting for approval or disapproval
- If approved, applicant submits two sealed and signed copies of the plat to the Planning and Community Development Department with all required tax certificates plus a filing fee made out to the Tarrant County Clerk (fee is based on number of documents to be filed)
- City obtains the Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s signatures on the plat
- City files the plat and associated documents with Tarrant County Clerk
Haltom City Public Works Mission/Vision/Value Statements
It is the mission of the Department of Public Works to provide a secure and reliable infrastructure for all members of the community while continuing to find innovative ways to improve the delivery of services.
Public Works Administration Mission Statement
to provide executive and administrative support and oversight to the Water and Sewer Construction, Water and Sewer Maintenance, Collection and Distribution, Street and Drainage and Engineering Divisions. To ensure that all public improvements are designed and built in accordance with City standards and accepted engineering and construction practices.
Engineering Division Mission Statement
To provide professional engineering services for planning, design, construction and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure. The department administers all the capital improvement projects for paving, drainage and utilities including all design, right-of-way, contracting, inspections and final acceptance of projects.
Street and Drainage Mission Statement
To perform maintenance of streets, drainage and traffic control systems in a manner that will provide safe and efficient movement of traffic and flow of storm water through the enclosed drainage collection system.
Construction Division Mission Statement
To provide cost effective replacement of streets, water and sewer mains, the replacement of damaged and inadequate sewer and water mains, and the chlorination and testing of new and replacement mains.
Water and Waste Water Maintenance Division Mission Statement
To provide effective delivery of water through the City’s distribution system and an efficient service of water and wastewater through proper maintenance of the water and sanitary sewer collection system.
Collection and Distribution Division Mission Statement
The Collection and Distribution Division provides water in the proper quantity, at adequate pressures, when and where it is needed for domestic, commercial and industrial use, as well as for adequate fire protection. This service is necessary 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
Drainage Maintenance Division Mission Statement
The Drainage Maintenance Division provides maintenance for the drainage system throughout the City. The division maintains and cleans the drainage system through the shaping, grading of channels and removal of debris from the storm water infrastructure.
Building Maintenance Division Mission Statement
Building Maintenance ensures safe and comfortable working environments for all employees in City facilities and to provide prompt response, quality service, and the efficient resolution of maintenance problems.
Vision Statement: to ensure that all public infrastructure and improvements are designed and built in accordance with City standards and accepted engineering and construction practices. In order to properly implement the vision statement, the Department of Public Works will:
- Will employee and train a professional workforce
- Utilize the best available technology and equipment for the design and improvements of the public infrastructure
- Strive to maintain the highest level of service to our customers through active response for requests of service
- Provide a safe and healthy community through:
- Well-maintained streets and right-of-ways
- A superior water supply system
- An aggressive program to reduce inflow infiltration and grease into the sanitary sewer system
- An effective storm water management program utilizing sit control measures to implement the program.
- Well manufactured and energy efficient city facilities
Dependable: Willing to commit and follow through
Loyal: For the good of the whole
Ethical: Conforming to accepted moral principles
Responsive: Promptly reacting to the needs of others
Respectful: Considerate of others