Keep White Settlement Beautiful
We take seriously our responsibility as a City and as individuals to look after our environment. We believe that to Keep White Settlement Beautiful is to get involved. To volunteer, to educate ourselves and each other, and to be an active participant in making this the hometown community that we all love.
We provide many different opportunities for those who want to get involved in their community through volunteering. Our Animal Shelter, Senior Center, Library and several other areas have volunteer needs that individuals, families, groups or organizations can fulfill. If you'd like to learn more about volunteer opportunities please fill out the VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM and our Community Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you.
De-ice with Salt Smarts
As North Texas enters the ice season, we want to share with you some ways to Be Salt Smart.
SHOVEL: Sorry to tell you, but shoveling is the best way to get rid of snow and ice. And the sooner you do it, the easier it will be. As more snow or ice falls, things become compacted, making it more difficult to remove the slick stuff!
SELECT: Salt and de-icers only work in certain temperatures. Most won’t work below 15 degrees Fahrenheit (which isn’t usually a problem in North Texas). But be sure to read the label for specific instructions. And mixing sand and salt together is almost useless since they serve two completely different purposes. Sand is for traction, salt is for melting ice. Sand will do you no good on wet, slushy pavement.
SCATTER: When using salt, only scatter in critical areas. It’s really not necessary to de-ice your entire patio when just a walking path is needed. And keep in mind, a 3-inch spread between salt granules is sufficient to melt the ice. A 12-ounce coffee mug holds about a pound of salt and will cover approximately 250 square feet of pavement when applied correctly. More isn’t better!
SWEEP: Clean up leftover salt, sand and de-icer to reuse another time to prevent water pollution. Even sand is a pollutant when it washes down a storm drain. Did you know only a teaspoon of salt is enough to pollute five gallons of water --- FOREVER! Salt and de-icers contain chloride which is toxic to fish and plants. So use as little as possible and clean it up as soon as the ice melts in order to prevent it running down the storm drains and into our water supply.
Ten on Tuesday Campaign
Did you see our most recent billboard along the highway? We are currently bringing attention to Ten on Tuesday campaign pledge that is a part of the reverselitter.com website. Reverse Litter is an anti-litter awareness and education campaign that was created in 2012. The campaign is centered around protecting North Texas waterways from trash and debris. Most littering doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t accidentally end up by sidewalks, in parking lots, or along roadways. That Styrofoam cup didn’t just fly out of the back of a pickup truck on its own. Someone had to put it there in the first place. Most litter finds its way into the environment because someone chose convenience over finding a trash can. And that’s not cool. Litter trashes out the places we live, work, and play. It also winds up in our waterways, polluting a resource that we all depend on to survive. We’re stepping up to change that. Are you willing to help?
We as a City have taken this pledge to pick up ten pieces of litter each Tuesday and we invite each of you to take the pledge with us. You can follow along with our progress each Tuesday on our Facebook Page and you can even have your own litter cleanup efforts highlighted by emailing us your cleanup photos to email@example.com.
Doo the Right Thing
Pet waste that is not disposed of properly can put your health, your dog's health, and your child's health at risk.
Parvovirus is a serious, highly contagious disease that affects dogs of any age, breed, or sex. It is highly contagious to unvaccinated puppies. A dog may be a carrier of the disease without even showing signs of being infected. It affects the intestinal lining, causing diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, and even death. It is transmitted by contact with infected dog waste either directly or indirectly through soiled shoes, car tires, and anything else that it touches. The virus can remain infectious on the ground for six months or even longer!
Dog waste can also affect people. Some of the diseases or parasites that can be transmitted to people from dog waste include campylobacteriosis, cryptosporidium, and toxocariasis. Children playing in the yard and adults gardening can be exposed to these diseases or parasites. That’s why it is important to not leave dog waste on the ground. Help keep pets and people safe and healthy by picking up after your dog.
Additionally, improperly disposed pet waste can wash into storm drains by rain, melting snow, and even from sprinkler runoff and other landscape watering. Storm drains in North Central Texas drain directly into our lakes and streams, carrying many pollutants along with the water. This water is NOT treated or cleaned before it empties into a body of water.
Pet waste that ends up in our lakes, rivers, and streams causes many problems. Pet waste in the water increases bacteria levels and that can cause gastrointestinal problems and skin reactions, making the water unsafe for swimming and other activities. Pet waste in the water also decays, using up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures can kill fish. Pet waste also contains nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth. Overly fertile water becomes cloudy and green--unattractive for swimming, boating, and fishing. This is why it is important to not leave dog waste on the ground. Help protect our water quality by picking up after your dog.
Healthy Lawns for Less
We are currently highlighting a way that you can conserve both water and money as the weather shifts from the summer to the fall. For our residents who water their yards, it can be difficult to know how the cooler weather should impact your watering habits. Watering more than is needed can waste water and cost you more money, but not watering enough could hurt the health of your lawn. If you want your grass to come back strong and full in the springtime, you need to keep watering through the Fall months. But, with shorter days, your grass needs less water in these months, around one inch of water per week. The best rule of thumb for when it's time to stop watering altogether is when the ground freezes. Frozen ground keeps water from reaching the roots of your grass, making watering a wasted effort. Once we begin to see lower, freezing temperatures, that's your cue to cease watering until the weather starts warming back up the next spring.
If you're unsure of how often and how long to water your lawn, the WATER IS AWESOME website has a great tool for you. This weekly watering advice will take your address, examine the weather and forecasts, and give you a detailed plan on how much water your lawn needs for that week.
For those residents who choose to water their lawns, being mindful of some of these changing factors as the seasons shift can not only conserve water, but it can also save you money on your utility bill, making it a win for the environment and a win for your budget.