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It is a notification that advises customers to boil tap water used for drinking, cooking, ice-making and teeth brushing until tests verify the water is safe. The City of Southlake also advises that you boil your pet’s drinking water. It is not necessary to boil water for showering or other external uses.
Water suppliers are required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to notify customers to boil water when water samples indicate contamination or when conditions exist that make the water supply vulnerable to contamination. These conditions include:
When service is interrupted and distribution lines are emptied, contaminants can enter the lines that transport water. Although waterborne diseases are extremely rare, they can be serious. The risk is higher for infants, the elderly and persons with immune deficiency disorders. The City of Southlake issues boil-water notices even if the possibility of contamination is remote because we do not want to take any chances with your family’s health.
Once a Boil Water Notice is issued, tests must be completed on the water system to ensure that the drinking water is safe for consumption. These tests take 24-48 hours to complete, and positive results are required before the boil water notice is lifted.
Boiling water is considered the safest and most effective method of water disinfection. Vigorous boiling for two minutes will kill any disease-causing microorganisms and parasites present in water. The flat taste of boiled water can be improved by aerating it (pouring it back and forth from one container to another. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or get water from another suitable source.
Even if someone has consumed potentially contaminated water from either a public water system or a private well before they were aware of the boil water advisory, the likelihood of becoming ill is low. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, with or without fever, should seek medical attention.
Yes, most pitchers that have a water filter do not filter out bacteria. If you have other filters on your refrigerator, on your faucet, or under your sink, read the package insert to see if the filter removes bacteria. If in doubt, boil the water before consuming it.
Vigorous hand washing with soap and your tap water is safe for basic personal hygiene. If you are washing your hands to prepare ready to eat food, you should use boiled (then cooled) water or bottled water with hand washing soap.
Do not use untreated tap water for oral hygiene. The CDC recommends brushing teeth with boiled water or bottled water.
The water may be used for showering, baths, shaving and washing, so long as care is taken not to swallow or allow water in eyes or nose or mouth. Children and disabled individuals should have their bath supervised to ensure water is not ingested. The CDC suggests considering a sponge bath to infants to reduce the chance of them swallowing any water. The time spent bathing should be minimized. Though the risk of illness is minimal, individuals who have recent surgical wounds, are immunosuppressed, or have a chronic illness may want to consider using bottled or boiled water for cleansing until the advisory is lifted.
The CDC recommends using disposable plates, cups, and utensils; if possible. Otherwise, household dishwashers are generally safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55°Celsius), or if the dishwater has a sanitizing cycle. Be sure to sterilize all baby bottles prior to use.
Yes, it is safe to wash clothes as usual.
Yes, we recommend you do. When service is interrupted and distribution lines are emptied, contaminants can enter the lines that transport water. Although waterborne diseases are extremely rare, they can be serious to humans and animals. The City of Southlake issues boil-water notices even if the possibility of contamination is remote because we do not want to take any chances with your family’s health.
Yes, it is safe to water household plants and gardens.
The City of Southlake, like many cities, is under pressure to make efficient use of capital resources and must make difficult choices. There are more needs than can be satisfied at once, and the selection of one investment over another may shape the development of the City for years to come.
Capital improvements programming is a valuable tool to ensure that choices are made wisely. The City's development goals are implemented, in part, by the careful provision of capital facilities. The benefits of this systematic approach to planning capital projects include the following:
•Focuses attention on community goals, needs, and capabilities.Through capital improvements programming, capital projects can be brought into line with the City's long-range plans by balancing identified needs with financial capacities. Considered individually, a new park, water system improvements, and street widening may be great ideas; however, each project may look quite different when, in the course of the Capital Improvements Program process, it is forced to compete directly with other projects for limited funds.•Optimizes use of the taxpayer's dollar.The Capital Improvements Program helps the City Council and City Manager make sound annual budget decisions. Careful planning of capital improvements helps prevent costly mistakes. In addition, capital planning allows the City to save money in several other ways. For example, investors in municipal bonds tend to look more favorably on communities that have a Capital Improvements Program; if bond financing is selected for a capital improvement project, the City may realize significant savings on interest.•Guides future growth and development.The location and capacity of capital improvements shape the growth and redevelopment of the City. City decision makers can use the Capital Improvements Program to develop well thought-out policies to guide future land use and economic development.•Encourages efficient government.Interdepartmental coordination of capital improvements programming can reduce scheduling conflicts and ensure that no single function receives more than its fair share of resources. In addition, the Capital Improvements Program can be used to promote innovative management techniques and improve governmental efficiency and effectiveness.•Improves the basis for intergovernmental and regional cooperation.Capital improvements programming offers public officials of all governmental units (City of Southlake, Tarrant and Denton Counties, and local school districts) an opportunity to plan the location, timing, and financing of improvements in the interest of the community as a whole.•Maintains a sound and stable financial program.Having to make large or frequent unplanned expenditures can endanger the financial well-being of the City. Sharp changes in the tax structure or bonded indebtedness may be avoided when construction projects are planned in advance and scheduled at intervals over a number of years. When there is ample time for planning, the most economical means of financing each project can be selected in advance. Furthermore, a Capital Improvements Program can help the City avoid commitments and debts that would prevent the initiation of other important projects at a later date.•Enhances opportunities for participation in federal or state grant programs.Preparing a CIP improves the City's chance of obtaining aid through federal and state programs that provide funds for planning, construction and financing of capital improvements. The CIP is considered a "public works shelf" that contains projects that can be started quickly by having construction or bid documents ready should any grants become available.
The Park, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, the Mobility and Master Thoroughfare Plan, and the Southlake Pathways Plan (Trail Master Plan) all provide implementation recommendations that link the future vision of the community to relatively short-term actions.
Recognizing the importance of the link between the Capital Improvements Plan and implementation of the master plan, all proposed projects are required to demonstrate linkage to one of the City's master plans. By using the Capital Improvements Program process to reinforce the desired master plan priorities, the City's physical future can be better shaped.
Once scored, the project is ranked in the appropriate funding category (i.e. General Fund, Utility Fund, SPDC, Crime Control) based on the score received. The resulting ranked project list is then reviewed by the Technical Committee to ensure that there were no obvious flaws in the ranking system. The Technical Committee then reviews the dollar amount available in each fund and recommends the projects to be funded in the upcoming fiscal year and/or the other four out years.
Once the Technical Committee completes its review, the list is presented to the City Manager who then meets with the Technical Committee regarding needed changes or additions. The Technical Committee inputs any needed revisions and holds additional meetings with department heads to ensure the proposed plan is comprehensive.
Prior to the City Manager's submission of the Capital Budget, the Crime Control and Prevention District Board (CCPD) as well as the Southlake Parks Development Corporation (SPDC) and the Parks Board also meet to review and recommend their respective portions of the budget and five-year plan.
When the City sells bonds, purchasers are, in effect, lending the City money. The money is repaid, with interest, from taxes or fees over the years. The logic behind issuing bonds for capital projects is that the citizens who benefit from the capital improvements over a period of time should help the City pay for them. The City can issue bonds in these forms:
•Certificates of Obligation (C.O.) BondsSimilar to general obligation bonds except the certificates require no voter approval. Combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation are issued for both governmental and business type activities. General obligation bonds, governmental revenue bonds and tax notes pledge the full faith and credit of the City. Combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation are payable from the net revenues of the water and sewer system and general debt service tax.•General Obligation (G.O.) BondsPerhaps the most flexible of all capital funding sources, G.O. bonds can be used for the design or construction of any capital project. These bonds are financed through property taxes. In financing through this method, the taxing power of the City is pledged to pay interest and principal to retire the debt. Voter approval is required if the City wants to increase the taxes that it levies and the amount is included in the City’s state-imposed debt limits. To minimize the need for property tax increases, the City makes every effort to coordinate new bond issues with the retirement of previous bonds.•Revenue BondsRevenue bonds are sold for projects that produce revenues, such as water and sewer system projects. Revenue bonds depend on user charges and other project-related income to cover their costs.
Please allow 3-5 business days before appearing in person, to allow for court processing. Then, you may appear in person at any time (during regular business hours) or online up until your response date. After the response date, you may pay the fine or request a court date (may require the posting of a bond).
The City maintains the public stormwater drainage system and structures within the right-of-way and dedicated public stormwater drainage easements. The City does not maintain drainage facilities that are located within drainage easements on private property including:
Per the City's Storm Drainage Policy, it is the property owner’s responsibility to routinely maintain all creeks, streams, and natural drainageways on their property. This includes:
Bar ditches and Culverts maintenance is also the responsibility of the property owner despite typically being located in the ROW dedicated to the City. Required maintenance includes:
Public drainage systems are located within public drainage easements or street right-of-way. Public drainage systems are the City’s maintenance responsibility. Private drainage systems are located on private property and may or may not be located within private drainage easements. Private drainage systems typically do not cross lot lines and are generally used to collect runoff on a specific lot. Private drainage systems are required to be maintained by the property owner.
Drainage directed from any private systems to neighboring properties is a civil matter between the property owners. It is advised that neighbors meet and work toward an agreeable situation for the involved parties. As a reminder, it is against state water laws to divert or concentrate runoff, or block runoff from draining onto a property.
If there is a significant drainage issue in your neighborhood, you can contact the Public Works Department at (817) 748-8098. You also may make a written request to the Public Works Department. Your written request will be evaluated and may be considered for a future Drainage Project as part of the City’s on-going Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
Please write to:
City of Southlake
Public Works Department
c/o City Engineer
1400 Main St., Ste. 320
Southlake, TX 76092
Call Public Works Administration and Engineering so that staff may further assist you.
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Yes. In most areas, the streets are considered to be a part of the drainage system. During a typical rainfall event, water will flow through storm sewers located underneath the street or in roadside ditches to a drainage channel. When the capacity of the storm sewers or roadside ditches is exceeded, the street itself will hold the water until the storm sewer or roadside ditch has additional room to drain the water.
The term stormwater refers to rainwater. Stormwater discharges are generated by runoff from land and paved areas during rainfall. Hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets drain directly into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Unlike the wastewater that goes down your shower or sink, stormwater is not treated and can carry pollutants, sediment, and trash directly into the places you like to swim, fish, and boat.
For more information please visit our Stormwater Management Page.
A floodplain is any land area susceptible to being inundated by the collection, pooling, and flowing of water from any source during the course of natural events. Floodplains may be classified as FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) and are located in a 100-year flood zone. The term “100-year flood zone” refers to a flood elevation that has a 1% chance of being equaled or exceeded each year.
Sewer pipes capture used water and liquid waste from homes and businesses and carry it to wastewater plants for treatment. Treated wastewater can be reused for landscape irrigation, industrial and construction purposes. Storm drains are separate from the sewer system and, unlike wastewater, stormwater is not treated and reused. Some storm drains are under streets, but much of the system consists of open canals, street gutters and other features that collect, channel and divert stormwater runoff.
Impervious is defined as a surface that does not absorb water. Several examples of impervious areas include:
Retention permanently restrains flow of water, and is generally provided for aesthetic purposes. Detention temporarily restrains flow of water to reduce downstream impact.
Business registration is done through the Tarrant County Clerk's Office In addition, other state or county regulations may apply (see our New Business Guide). From the City of Southlake, you will need a Certificate of Occupancy and Sign Permit
The SouthlakeSites.com portal is the place to go. You can browse available spaces by use or customize your search to your specific company needs.
In 1999, the Texas Legislature passed a deregulation law that made it possible for consumers in most parts of Texas to choose their own electric company. Some areas, such as municipalities and cooperatives, were not required to deregulate, so customers in those areas may not have electric choice. TriCounty is an example of a cooperative where their members do not have a choice on their electric retail provider. Southlake residents in an Oncor service area have a separate electric retail provider such as TXU or Green Mountain Energy. You can also find more information here: https://www.currentutilities.com/how-it-works-texas-electricity/.
In Southlake, residents and businesses are either part of TriCounty’s or Oncor’s service area. If you’re a TriCounty customer, your electric service is billed directly by TriCounty. If you’re an Oncor customer, your electric retail provider, such as TXU or Green Mountain Energy, bills you each month.
While many may experience higher than normal bills due to higher usage during the cold weather, most residents will not experience any exorbitant bills due to “fixed rate” pricing. It is critical you understand and get to know your electric plan with your retail electric provider.
For TriCounty customers, you can call their customer assistance line at (817) 444-3201, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or their website at tcectexas.com. All other customers serviced by Oncor, should contact their retail electric provider.
Billing disputes should first always be directed to your retail electric provider company (e.g. TXU, Reliant Energy, Green Mountain Energy, etc…). If disputes cannot be resolved, please contact the Public Utility Commission of Texas Customer Hotline toll-free at 1-888-PUC-TIPS (1-888-782-8477) or visit them online at www.puc.texas.gov.
When the City receives new development applications, we coordinate with both TriCounty and Oncor to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place and can handle the additional development. In addition, these providers can then anticipate future consumption needs and work with Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and power generators in the state to generate additional output.
If you’re a TriCounty customer, you can access their outage map by clicking here. For Oncor customers, you can access their outage map by clicking here.
TriCounty customers can report outages by accessing this link and clicking Report Outage. Oncor customers can report outages to their Outage Report Page by clicking this link.
You can download the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, follow ERCOT’s social media pages, or visit ERCOT.com.
Southlake does not have any authority over electric providers, distributors or generators. The Public Utility Commission of Texas regulates the state’s electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.
In 1975, the Texas Legislature enacted the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) and created the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) to provide statewide regulation of the rates and services of electric and telecommunications utilities. Although the PUC originally regulated water utilities, jurisdiction was transferred to the Texas Water Commission in 1986. Significant legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature in 1995, along with the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 (FTA), dramatically changed the PUC’s role by allowing for competition in telecommunications wholesale and retail services, and by creating a competitive electric wholesale market. In 1999, the Texas Legislature provided for the restructuring of the electric utility industry, allowing certain customers electric choice.
The PUC’s mission and focus have shifted from regulation of rates and services to oversight of competitive markets and compliance enforcement of statutes and rules for the electric and telecommunication industries. Effective oversight of competitive wholesale and retail markets for electric and telecommunication is necessary to ensure that customers receive the benefits of competition. For water and sewer utility service, however, the focus remains on the regulation of rates and services.
The PUC continues to perform its traditional regulatory function for electric transmission and distribution utilities across the state. Additionally, while integrated electric utilities outside of the ERCOT power grid remain fully regulated by the PUC, the PUC is increasingly involved in multi-state efforts to implement wholesale electric competitive market structures and transmission planning in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) areas.
For more information, visit the Public Utility Commission of Texas website.
Please contact Tarrant County Tax Office at 817-481-8141 or Denton County Tax Assessor/Collector at 940-349-3500 depending on your county of residence.
In order to become a City of Southlake vendor, you or your company representative must register using Vendor Self Service. Please contact Purchasing with any questions at 817-748-8940.
Checks are printed and mailed every Friday (City recognized holidays excluded). Vendors are not authorized to pick up checks. If payment is made via EFT, it is deposited to the vendor’s account on Fridays. To reach Accounts Payable, please call 817-748-8187.
Lead and copper can be found naturally in water reservoirs throughout Texas, but at extremely low levels. In fact, levels of lead and copper in reservoirs are so low that they are not a health concern. However, if water is not properly treated to minimize its corrosive tendencies, the water delivered to customers can dissolve lead or copper found in customer-owned plumbing. Prior to 1986, lead was a common component of building plumbing. In 1986, Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act (originally adopted in 1974) to prohibit the use of pipes, solder or flux that are not “lead free” in drinking water distribution systems. Lead free is defined as no more than 0.2% lead in flux or solder, and no more than 8% lead in pipes. In 2014, Congress further reduced allowable lead content from 8% to 0.25% in pipes and fittings.
Water, by its very nature, is corrosive to most metals over time. Corrosive is just another term to describe the ability of water to dissolve lead or copper in a customer’s plumbing into the drinking water. A water treatment facility can minimize water’s corrosive tendencies by adjusting the pH (acidity) of the water, monitoring the amount of dissolved minerals in the water which may inhibit corrosion, and by adding other chemicals, such as phosphates, to protect the water pipes. Because Southlake purchases its treated drinking water from the City of Fort Worth, the City of Southlake advises the City of Fort Worth on the quality of the water which we receive in order to ensure the utmost quality for our customers.
Lead can pose significant health risks if too much of it enters your body. Lead builds up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children and pregnant women. Amounts of lead that will not harm adults can slow the mental and physical development of growing bodies.
Southlake collects and tests 30 routine samples once every year for lead and copper as required by the TCEQ. Southlake then follows chain of custody protocol to deliver the samples to an approved, accredited testing laboratory.
Following the U.S. EPA protocol of attempting to determine the worst case scenario for lead or copper testing, the plumbing of Southlake customer’s homes was researched through plumbing permits and building records of homes to identify lead and copper used in building materials. Selecting homes with this criteria allows Southlake to sample for the worst case scenario.
All the lead and copper testing results are reported in Southlake’s annual Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report). The Drinking Water Quality Report for the most recent full year is available on the City’s website. A comprehensive list of the results can be found on the City’s Lead and Copper Sampling Program page.
Since the start of the testing program in 2007, Southlake’s lead and copper testing has consistently shown levels of these metals to be well below the Action Level (“AL”) set by U.S. EPA. For a table of results, please visit the City of Southlake's Lead and Copper Sampling Program page.
The physical address is:1400 Main Street, Suite 130Southlake, TX 76092
Interlibrary Loan materials are not eligible for auto renewals.
Call to Renew - Call the Library at (817) 748-8243 for assistance.
You may check out up to 36 items per library card. There is a limit of 5 DVDs and 5 CDs per card. Books and audiobooks are checked out for 2 weeks. DVDs and CDs are checked out for 1 week. You must be at least 18 years old to check out movies and 16 years old to check out CDs.
Books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, DVDs and Bluray - $0.25/day
Interlibrary Loans - $2.00/day
Customers reading on a PC or Mac or using the Nook or Kobo eReader can download the appropriate app for their device at the links below. Follow instructions for use with eReaders. Adobe Digital Editions is required for eReaders using Cloud Library.
Links for Mac or PCWindows - http://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/get-the-app/windows
Mac - http://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/get-the-app/mac
Payments can be made online (with most major credit/debit cards) or made in person using the following acceptable payment options:
Residents can submit requests for construction or filling of sidewalk gaps within their neighborhoods that can be taken forward to the Council for consideration in the priority plan. New sidewalk construction may require property owners or HOAs to dedicate pedestrian access easement to allow construction to occur.
If the city owns the sidewalk, a Come Fix This form can be completed with the request to have a sidewalk evaluated for repairs. If the sidewalk is on private property, the homeowner or HOA will be responsible for the repair and maintenance. If a homeowner or HOA is responsible for the repair of a sidewalk, contact Public Works for assistance with the guidelines and inspection process.
Check out our interactive map! You can select different map views to see not only what sidewalks have been completed, but also where future sidewalks are planned.
Check out our interactive map! You can select different map views to see not only where future sidewalks are planned, but also what sidewalks have been completed.
Sidewalks are guided by a master plan that includes recommendations for sidewalk and trail segments across the City. Using the master plan as a guide, sidewalks ultimately get built by one of four ways:
Get more information about how sidewalks are built here.
When some of the older neighborhoods were developed, plans at the time did not include adding sidewalks. However, if the neighborhood would like to add sidewalks there are some options. Take a look at our sidewalk planning page to see how sidewalks are planned and built in the City.
There are several considerations when putting in sidewalks:
It cost’s anywhere from $20-60 per linear square foot to build sidewalks. Get more sidewalk funding information here.
As much as possible, we work to include the cost of new sidewalks into existing projects. This could include adding sidewalks to a new roadway project. On the commercial side, we work with developers to include sidewalks in their developments as well. When those options are not possible we also actively see out federal and state grants to help fund new sidewalks. Click here for more details about our sidewalk funding process.
A: Yes. Sewer charges are based upon the average amount of water a household consumes during the winter months (November, December and January), when water consumption is generally the lowest. Sewer charges are recalculated once a year in the spring, this applies to Residential Accounts only. The City of Southlake is one of the few cities that offers sewer averaging as well as capping the sewer charge for 10,000 gallons used.
Teen Court sessions are held every Tuesday evening. Defendants and scheduled volunteers must check in between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
All items placed in recycling carts should be clean, empty, and dry. This includes empty plastic jugs, empty plastic bottles, clean plastic tubs, empty wax-coated paper containers and juice boxes, phone books, mail, mixed paper, catalogs, magazines, newspaper, unsoiled pizza boxes, empty glass jars and bottles, clean metal food cans, empty aluminum cans, aerosol cans, plastic bags (excluding plastic grocery bags), flattened corrugated cardboard, boxboard (cereal boxes), pots & pans.
Republic Waste Services provides curbside collection of bulky waste during the regular residential collection at a rate of up to two (2) cubic yards per resident per regular collection.
Bundled brush in lengths of no more than four feet and no more than 50 pounds in weight can be picked up during the regular residential collection without additional charges.
In addition, residents can place up to twelve (12) cubic yards of unbundled brush for collection annually. This can either be done at one time, or residents can opt to utilize the allotment for up to three separate collections of four (4) cubic yards per collection.
For more information or to schedule a bulk pick up, contact Republic Services at (817) 317-2424 or visit: Waste & Recycling in Southlake, TX | Republic Services
There are no limits placed on regular household trash. Recycling materials must fit into Republic-issued container.
Items considered to be bulk waste such as furniture, appliances and brush have the following limits:
Furniture: Republic will collect up to 2 cubic yards per resident per regular collection. If you have a limited amount of furniture that needs disposal, place at the curb and Republic will collect as they can.
Appliances: Dishwashers, microwave ovens, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and water heaters can be placed for collection at the curb as part of regular bulk waste collection, which is allowed at up to 2 cubic yards per resident per collection. Appliances such as freezers, refrigerators and air condition units (up to 5 ton capacity), can also be placed for collection; however, Freon must be removed and bear a certification tag stating that the refrigerant was properly removed and disposed of by a certified technician.
Brush: Up to 2 cubic yards of bundled brush can be placed for collection along your regular garbage collection. In addition, residents can place up to 12 cubic yards unbundled brush for collection annually. This can either be done at one time or residents can opt to utilize the allotment for up to three separate collections of 4 cubic yards per collection.
Special services for the disabled are available. For more information or to apply, please contact the Southlake Utility Billing Department located at 1400 Main Street, Suite 200, or call (817)-748-8051.
If you are a new resident and need to set up trash and recycling service, contact the City of Southlake Utility Billing Office at (817)-748-8051. New services may also be set up using this form.
Each commercial business in Southlake has a separate contract with Republic Services for collection, and billing for commercial services is not handled through the city. To sign up for commercial trash collection, please contact Republic Services customer service at (817) 317-2424.
The current rate for residential Trash and Recycling collection, effective October 1, 2020, is $16.56 for garbage and recycling and $1.37 in taxes.
Please make sure that all bottles, jars, and cans are rinsed and lids are removed before putting them into the recycling cart. All items should be loose in your recycling cart.
Recycling carts are furnished, free of charge, by Republic Services to new residents who move into a property with no existing cart. To sign up for recycling and trash services, new residents should first contact the Utility Billing Office at (817)-748-8051 or visit New Service Form.
Republic Services is responsible for repairing or replacing damaged recycling carts within three business days of receiving such notification. Please contact the City of Southlake’s main number to report a damaged cart: (817) 748-8400.
Republic recommends that garbage and recycling containers be placed at the curb in front of the residence at a distance no greater than 7 feet from the curb. For recycling, place the recycling cart facing the street, with the wheels touching the curb. Due to the involvement of automated machinery, carts must be within 3 feet of the street, 3 feet away from mailboxes and 5 feet away from vehicles for the Republic Services trucks to safely collect the carts.
Authorized containers should be placed curbside no later than 7:00 a.m. on your assigned collection day. Republic will pick up all garbage on the designated collection day no later than 7:00 p.m. To find your designated garbage and recycling days visit: Residential Trash and Recycling | Southlake, TX or Waste & Recycling in Southlake, TX | Republic Services
Republic cannot collect hazardous waste items such as paint, chemicals, highly flammable substances, certain pathological and biological wastes, explosives, radioactive materials, and any other materials deemed by federal, state or local law, or in the reasonable direction of the contractor, too dangerous or threatening to public health. Additionally, stable matter or manure, rocks, bricks, concrete, floor tiles, roofing materials or other materials too heavy to be placed in bags may not be disposed of curbside.
Up to 2 cubic yards of bundled brush can be placed for collection along each regular garbage collection.
In addition, residents can place up to 12 cubic yards unbundled brush for collection annually. This can either be done at one time or residents can opt to utilize the allotment for up to three separate collections of 4 cubic yards per collection.
Residents who need collections beyond 12 cubic yards of unbundled brush, can schedule a bulk pickup with Republic Services by calling 817-317-2424.
or visit Waste & Recycling in Southlake, TX | Republic Services.
There are no volume limits placed on regular household trash. However, please keep in mind that solid waste containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds and any individual bags placed for collection outside containers should not exceed 33 gallons or 50 pounds each.
Recycling materials must fit into Republic-issued container. Recycling is collected using an automated collection system and these automated recycling trucks can only collect recyclables placed within the carts. Any recycling that is not placed in the cart will not be collected, unless other arrangements have been made with Republic.
Any individual item, or collection of items, larger than two (2) cubic yards (about the size of a washer and dryer side-by-side, for example) is too large for pickup. These items will have to be hauled to a Republic facility or placed into a roll-off container.
Fence panels can be cut down and placed for collection as bulk waste, providing they are small enough for the crews to manage. However, if you are working with a contractor on repairs or restoration, contractors are expected to haul the waste away or make arrangements for a roll off, rather than placing at the curb for collection. If your contractor needs a roll off, they can contact Republic Services at 817-317-2424.
Also, please keep in mind solid waste containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds and any individual bags placed for collection outside containers should not exceed 33 gallons or 50 pounds each.
Furniture and appliances can be placed at the curb for collection, however there are some guidelines and limitations described below. Additionally, it’s important to know that if you are working with a restoration company or other contractor, disposal services are typically included in that work and contractors should not place items at the curb for collection. Your contractor can work with Republic Services, 817-371-2424, to schedule a roll off container be provided or they can haul the waste away themselves.
Corrosive- Gradually dissolves other materials
Reactive- If contacting another substance can cause explosion or deadly vapors
Toxic- Poisonous to humans and animals
If you would like to set up waste or recycling service through Republic, please call their customer service line at (817)-317-2424.
Simple Recycling has informed the City of Southlake, due to the impacts of COVID-19, they will no longer collect curbside. Pickups will continue but need to be scheduled in advance. This can be done by either visiting www.donatestuff.com or by calling 1-866-835-5068. Under this collection structure, orange bags are no longer required, and any type of bag or container may be used.
Generally, no. Damaged sheetrock, carpet, insulation, and other related items should be disposed of via a roll-off container. However, residents can dispose of small amounts of discarded construction materials not to exceed the equivalent of two 35 gallon sized plastic bags or corrugated boxes along with their regular solid waste collection.
Please note that this does not include rocks, bricks, concrete, floor tiles, roofing materials or other materials too heavy to be placed in bags.
Hired, licensed contractors are expected to remove any construction or demolition waste as part of the scope of their work. They can haul the waste away with their own crews or arrange for a roll off container with Republic Services, 817-317-2424.
Hired, licensed contractors should remove any construction or demolition waste as part of the scope of their work. Contractors can haul the waste away using their own crews or arrange for a roll off container with Republic Services, 817-317-2424.
If residents are making minor repairs themselves, small amounts of discarded construction materials not to exceed the equivalent of two 35 gallon sized plastic bags or corrugated boxes can be placed in the regular solid waste collection container.
Please contact the City’s Wastewater Division first by calling 817-748-8082. Staff will clean and check the sewer main to verify if a plumber will need to be contacted.
Residents are responsible for cleaning and repairs of the service line from the house all the way to and including the tap. However, if part of the service line is determined to be under the road, the City will make necessary repairs on the section under the road. Please contact the City’s Wastewater Division before calling a plumber for any issues.
Please contact the City’s Public Works Operations staff at 817-748-8082 and they will verify if sewer is available. Sewer service lines cannot be installed across adjacent property lines. Please visit our Septic to Sewer page for more information.
Applicable fees are listed here. The sewer tap fee is waived if there is no existing tap available. However, an $80 inspection fee will be applied.
The lawn watering schedule was established by a joint water conservation panel of various municipal technical staff, and water conservation experts. The specific days were chosen by a committee of representatives from Fort Worth, Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), and some of the 26 wholesale customer cities served by Fort Worth and TRWD. It allows residential customers to water twice weekly, each group having a weekday and a weekend day. This watering schedule evenly distributes the consumption of water throughout the region. Mondays were purposefully excluded because it has historically been a day of unusually high demand for the entire area, possibly because many commercial and industrial users resume production activities after having been closed for the weekend.
The twice-per-week watering schedule, based on address, is mandatory for Southlake. NO exceptions or changes in the assigned watering days are allowed.
Ideally, irrigation zones should be run long enough to fill a rain gauge or small cup by 1 inch of water on your two designated watering days or every 5 to 7 days if possible.
Yes. Small potted plants may be watered with a watering can on any day at any time. The primary focus of implementing the Stage 1 or higher of our drought contingency plan is to encourage the efficient watering of lawns and landscaping beds while minimizing wasted water.
Based upon Southlake's wholesale water purchase contract with the City of Fort Worth, the drought contingency standards that Southlake operates under are required by contract. Failure to follow these guidelines would be a breach of contract and may result in a loss in water service. Based upon recent efforts, all regional utilities are attempting to communicate the same message and as such are using the twice-per-week watering schedule if they purchase from the City of Fort Worth or Dallas Water Utilities. Most of the area cities, including Keller, Westlake, Trophy Club, and North Richland Hills all are served by the City of Fort Worth and follow the same watering restrictions.
No. If you have a water well, you are exempt from the water restrictions. However, the City of Southlake asks that you post a visible sign to indicate that a well is present on the property. As we are out enforcing the restrictions, posting a sign will help us identify those properties using well water versus City water and, more importantly, will ensure that you are not unduly targeted for any perceived violations of the water restrictions.
The City of Grapevine does not have the production capacity or sufficient water rights from Grapevine Lake to provide water to Southlake. Water rights on surface lakes are owned by individual municipalities and /or water authorities. The water rights for Grapevine Lake were established in the 1940's at the time of construction of Grapevine Lake. Primary water rights for Grapevine Lake belong to the Park cities (Highland Park and University Park). The secondary water rights for Grapevine Lake are owned by Dallas Water Utilities. The City of Grapevine holds tertiary water rights for the lake. There are no available water rights for the City of Southlake to take water from Grapevine Lake. The City of Grapevine operates a 12 million gallon per day production capacity water plant to serve their utility customers. The City of Grapevine is also served by the Trinity River Authority. Grapevine maximizes their production facility in order to minimize the end cost to their customers. As such, no treated water is available for the City of Southlake to purchase.
The City of Southlake has both a Water Conservation Ordinance No. 895-D and a Drought Contingency Ordinance No. 662-F. A Water Conservation Plan is a combination of strategies to:
A Drought Contingency/Emergency Water Management Plan is: