The mission of the Environmental Services division is to provide quality services by promoting environmental wellness, public awareness, and resource conservation. Located on the left of the page is a list of Environmental Services initiatives. Each of these programs aims to achieve environmental wellness goals.
These goals are:
● Stay current with local, state and federal regulations
○ Compliance is ensured through implementing federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations. Several of our programs are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Administrative Code, Texas Water Code, and City of Southlake Code of Ordinances.
● Protect stormwater quality
○ Our Environmental Services team collaborates with other City employees and residents to find and eliminate pollutants and contaminants in our rivers, creeks, and streams, evaluate municipal operations that could affect stormwater quality, host workshops, presentations, and other public outreach initiatives, and assist with erosion control at construction sites.
● Eliminate cross connections to our public drinking water supply
○ Environmental Services oversees Customer Service Inspections to find any cross connections that may be a health hazard for the public and ensures backflow prevention assemblies are tested and maintained annually.
● Implement pretreatment measures to prevent sanitary sewer overflows
○ Environmental Services implements the Fats, Oils, and Grease program to assist restaurant owners, hospitals, schools, and other establishments with Best Management Practices for their kitchens and grease traps. Environmental Services also works with industries to prevent contaminated water from entering the sanitary sewer system.
● Provide public education
○ Our team takes measures to increase public education and awareness of the overall environmental wellness of our City by giving presentations, hosting workshops and trainings, assisting with environmental concerns, and many other activities.