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.
Start a CleanUp
Let’s quit talking trash and do something about it! Make a difference in your neighborhood, parks, schools, waterways … you decide. The City of White Settlement is promoting cleanups for individuals, volunteers, small groups, and businesses to help clean up our community. It’s totally free, it only requires a little time and we have all of the supplies! All you need to do …. 1) contact KWSB to register your event, 2) pick your location, 3) pick a date, 4) get out there and make a difference!
Remember to please follow county and state guidelines and be safe when you conduct your clean up. Wear a face mask, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from those around you, and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after collecting litter.
Call today to find out more on how you can start a cleanup event of your own!
817-246-5012 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsor a CleanUp
The City of White Settlement is looking for sponsors to help support clean up events throughout the year to help keep White Settlement Beautiful. Call today to find out more on how you can make a difference!
817-246-5012 or email us at email@example.com
Let’s Help Keep White Settlement Beautiful!
Citizens of White Settlement can take the fight to mosquitoes and the diseases they carry by eliminating their breeding sites. Citizens are encouraged to take the following actions to control mosquitoes on your property:
- Regularly empty any water from old tires, cans, bottles, buckets, drums and other containers Mosquitos LOVE Standing Water
- Empty plastic pools regularly and store them indoors when not in use
- Repair leaky pipes and outside hoses/faucets
- Change water in birdbaths at least twice a week
- Empty and replace outdoor pets' watering bowls daily
- Regularly clean out roof gutters
Anyone who has larger areas of standing water on their property can purchase mosquito dunks at home improvement stores. The product is appropriate for use by residents living near larger areas of standing water that cannot be drained and are highly vegetated. The product comes in tablets or donut shaped discs and contains a natural killer of mosquito larvae called BTi. For treatment, the tablets or donut shaped discs are placed in the standing water.
Even when taking these proactive steps, it is usually impossible to totally eliminate mosquitoes. Citizens can further guard against mosquitoes in the following ways:
- Stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.
- Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.
- Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 35% DEET. DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) provides no additional protection.
Please remember to thoroughly research insect repellents prior to use. Whenever you use an insecticide or insect repellent, read and follow the manufacturer's DIRECTIONS FOR USE, as printed on the product. Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
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.