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.
Using rain barrels has many benefits, including saving you money! Here are some of the benefits that investing in a rain barrel can have for your lawn or garden.
1. It helps save you money. Capturing and using rainwater instead of your water hose will reduce the cost of your water bill.
2. It helps conserve water. You’ll have your own water source in times of drought or watering restrictions.
3. It’s good for your lawn and plants. Rainwater is highly oxygenated, free of fluoride, and inorganic ions. It also makes your plants more drought tolerant.
Did you know that leaves and other yard debris make up 20% of Texas landfills and cost over $250 million per year to collect and dispose of? Did you also know that it's against the law to rake or blow leaves into the street? When raked or blown into the street, leaves can:
- Clog storm drains
- Cause minor flooding
- Damage stormwater infrastructure
- Be carried into local bodies of water by rain and be harmful to wildlife
What can you do with your leaves?
Instead of bagging your leaves and throwing them away or illegally raking or blowing them into the street, instead try mulching or composting them. Start by shredding the leaves. They can then be used in a variety of ways:
- Add to your compost pile - shredded leaves make a great addition to your compost
- Protect tender plants - a small blanket of shredded leaves can protect tender plants from cold winds and temperatures
- Upgrade your soil - shredded leaves can be mixed right into your garden and will yield benefits come next spring
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!
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. You should call 811 or use your state 811 center’s website a few business days before you begin any digging, including common projects like planting trees and shrubs or installing fences and mailboxes. The specific amount of advance notice that you are required to provide varies by state.
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.