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Public Works
1813 Reliance Pkwy.
Bedford, TX 76021
817-952-2200

The Public Works Department is here to serve you when you need us most. Our main number is 817-952-2200.  For after hours emergencies or water shut off assistance please call 817-952-2127. For new water service, billing inquiries or to discontinue water service please call Customer Service/Utility Billing at 817-952-2112. 

, PE. Director of Public Works

Public Works is a small name for all the things that we do!  The City of Bedford Public Works Department is committed to making the lives of the residents and people working in Bedford better by keeping the City’s infrastructure as great as it can be. Our highly trained staff of fifty workers are there to help when you need us most.  Like the Fire and Police Departments we are on call 24/7 to serve you in times of trouble such as flooding, water main breaks, sewer backups, or sanding the streets during an ice storm.  If you need your water shut off at the meter for any reason, at any time, we will be there as soon as possible. Public Works includes a Water, Waste Water, Streets, Storm Water, Engineering, Environmental, Fleet Maintenance, and Traffic/Signs Departments.  There are numerous duties within each department.  When you have a request for assistance, your request will be entered into our database, dispatched to the appropriate department and taken care of as quickly as possible.  We are here to serve you with a smile!

The Public Works Department Maintains
  • 455 lane miles of street surface (24,000,000 sq. ft. of surface)

  • 148 miles of water mains

  • 1,400 fire hydrants

  • 14,000 water service connection/meters

  • 157 miles of sewer mains

  • 2,750 manholes

  • 92 miles of storm water system

  • 3 water towers with 5,000,000 gallon storage capacity

  • 1 water well pumping stations, each with the capacity to pump 1,000,000 gallons per day, with tank storage of 250,000 gallons

  • 1,500 stop signs

  • 5,000 street signs

  • 250 vehicle/equipment units


Menacing Mosquitoes

CITY OF BEDFORD MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM 

The City of Bedford works closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department in a county wide mosquito surveillance program. The participating cities set out mosquito traps for collection. Once collected the samples go to the health department’s laboratory for testing of West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis. Each week five mosquito traps are set within our city limits. If a mosquito pool tests positive the city is notified so that we can take action to notify residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes. If a human case is reported in our city limits, the Tarrant County Health Department notifies us so that we may inform the public to take special precaution to protect themselves.

The City of Bedford’s Storm Water Department is responsible surveying our drainage areas for presence of mosquito larva and treating areas as needed on a monthly basis. If mosquito larva is found, they will treat the stagnate water with products such as CoCo Bear which is derived from coconut oil or Naturalar G30 and Vectolex CG granules. Any areas with live fish are not treated because the fish eat the mosquito larva. Creeks are stocked as needed with minnows from the health department to assist in mosquito control. They do not distribute the minnows to the public.

Please call the Public Works Department for more information on our mosquito control program at 817-952-2200.


TIPS FROM THE TARRANT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Adult flying mosquitoes frequently rest in grass, shrubbery, or other foliage. It is the young mosquitoes who need standing water to develop. Remember, mosquitoes breed and multiply in any water that lasts more than four days. Eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed is the best way to control them.

The Tarrant Public Health Department offers the following suggestions to stop raising mosquitoes around your home and yard:

  • Get rid of old tires, buckets or any containers that hold standing water or empty them regularly.
  • Empty plastic wading pools weekly and store them indoors when not in use.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
  • Change water in bird baths and scrub them twice each week.
  • Empty pets’ watering pans daily.
  • Put mosquito-eating fish in ponds.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters.
  • Treat standing water that can’t be drained with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti).
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside.
  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide).
  • Drain standing water in your yard and around your house.
Visit http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu/ and learn in an interactive way how you can protect yourself against mosquitoes

 



Water Quality Report

The City of Bedford is supplied with surface water from Lake Arlington through the Trinity River Authority's Tarrant County Water Supply Project and the two ground water wells.

Water Quality Report

This report describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with the City's drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in this assessment will allow the City of Bedford to focus our source water protection strategies.

The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1972 (SDWA) is designed to protect drinking water quality and has broad authority to include surface and ground waters that have the potential to be used as drinking water sources. EPA has the authority to establish and update specific standards for drinking water quality and is supported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). EPA has specific federal limits for over 80 compounds referred to as the primary standards (MCLs) and having a known or suspected potential to create health related impacts. Secondary standards (SMCLs) also exist and these are considered nuisance-related contaminants, such as taste and odor. Secondary standards are typically implemented voluntarily or by state rules. Bedford is a Superior Public Water Supply, which means that the water is treated to the secondary standards.

Please contact the City’s Environmental Specialist, Jerry Laverty, more information about the Water Quality Report at 817-952-2258. 
 


Waste Water

, Water/Wastewater Supervisor


A good working sanitary sewer system is something that most people don’t think about until something goes wrong. If that little something starts backing up into your home, you have the option to call us first to make sure the problem is not in the city’s main sewer line.  Our crews are available to assist you 24/7 in times of need.  We will let you know if the sewer backup was caused by buildup in the main sanitary sewer line or in your private service line.  If the backup is in the city’s main line, we will clean it up using our vactor truck or simply wash the blockage down the line with a high pressure water truck.  If the backup is in your service line, we will advise you to call a plumber. Please call 817-952-2200 to report a sewer backup during regular working hours, or 817-952-2127 after regular working hours. Our Public Work’s staff is here to help you in times of need.



Water Maintenance

, Water/Wastewater Supervisor


The Public Works Water Maintenance Department is responsible for bringing to you safe and reliable water service.  Our staff of twenty highly trained employees are here to make sure any maintenance issues are taken care of as quickly as possible.  Using the latest technologies, we are able to diagnose problems within our water system and make repairs as quickly as possible, with minimal of loss of water service.  Our water services include repairing water meters, maintaining and repairing 148 miles of water lines, fire hydrant maintenance and repair, exercising water valves, plus maintaining the city’s three elevated storage tanks and two ground water wells. 

Please call our Public Work’s main number at 817-952-2200 for water service request such as water shut off assistance for home repairs, reporting water leaks, low water pressure, or general questions about our water distribution system.  For after regular working hours call 817-952-2127 for assistance.  For new water service, to discontinue service, or water bill questions, call the Customer Service Department at 817-952-2112.   

Our goal is to keep the water flowing clear and tasty at all times. Please let us know if you ever detect a problem.  We are here to help!



Liquid Waste Program

You may recycle your used cooking oil at the City of Bedford’s Public Works office located at 1813 Reliance Parkway. For more information call the Environmental Specialist, Jerry Laverty at 817-952-2258.

The City of Bedford Fats, Oils, Grease program (FOG) was established by Ordinance 09-2922 that was adopted on March 10, 2009.

All grease/grit trap operators and liquid waste haulers are to be registered with the City of Bedford by January 1, of each year.  The registration period will be for the period January 1-December 31.  Any person, operator, or owner who is not in compliance with the Ordinance is subject to enforcement action.  Please feel free to contact us at 817-952-2200 or stop the Public Works office located at 1813 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX  76021

You can visit the following website's to find more information:
North Texas Grease Abatement Council
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)

F.O.G., or fats, oils, and grease, can cause major problems in our sanitary sewer system. When F.O.G. is poured down kitchen drains, it can begin to build up in our sewer pipes and cause restrictions in flow. These restrictions can amount to unwanted back ups of untreated sewage in our sewer pipes to our houses and to the main sanitary sewer system. 

These back-ups result in increased costs for residents, businesses, and the City for clean up. Eliminating F.O.G. in the sanitary sewer system will help to protect the water supply in your community by preventing sanitary sewer overflows.

Do Don't

Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.

Compost food scraps or scrape them into the trash, not the sink.
Wipe pots, pans, and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them.

Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose of it in the garbage. 
For small amounts of used cooking oil, reuse or recycle it as often as possible and then pour it into a container you can throw away
For larger amounts, use clay cat litter. Just mix the litter, a little at a time, into the oil when all has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag and throw it away.

Don't pour oil and grease down the drain.

Don't put food scraps down the drain.

Food grinder or garbage disposal does not remove F.O.G., it just makes the pieces smaller.

Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.

Don't rinse off oil and grease with hot water.

Don't use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean oily or greasy dishes. When you wash the towels, the grease will still end up in the sewer.



Backflow

ATTENTION

Backflow testers should now register at the Public Works Department located at 1813 Reliance Pkwy, Bedford, TX  76021.  Here are the registration forms.  If you are paying by credit card, you can pay by phone, fax or email as long as you have previously faxed or emailed the credit card form (page 2 of the application form) to .

ALL irrigation systems installed under the new irrigation regulations are required to have a backflow device installed.  Currently only commercial facilities are required to have backflow devices on irrigation systems tested annually.  However, the City’s program will be revised and updated based on any new forthcoming State requirements.

Commercial facilities are required to have ALL backflow devices tested annually by a licensed tester that is CURRENTLY REGISTERED with the City of Bedford. Backflow test report form. Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Jerry Laverty, Environmental Specialist, at 817-952-2258 or to .



Stormwater

, Streets and Drainage Supervisor

Please select here, if you would like to submit a request, suggestion or concern via a on-line citizen management tool.

For example, if you are experiencing low water pressure in your neighborhood, you may enter this information into the Web QA database. Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate responsible unit / department for corrective action and follow-up. For your convenience, the InTouchTM eCRM database contains over 100 different standard issues / categories to choose from.

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snow melt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground.

Why is storm water runoff a problem?

Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.

Stormwater Pollution Solutions

(Information provided by NCTCOG Regional Storm Water Management Program and it's Public Education Task Force)

Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains, to avoid water runoff; during winter, runoff can freeze causing slippery conditions.

Bag your pet's waste, don't just leave it there. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterways.

Don't apply pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides before it rains. Contrary to popular belief, the rain won't help to soak these chemicals into the ground; it will only help create polluted runoff into our local creeks.

Select Native and adapted plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Native plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Learn more about native and adapted plants at www.txsmartscape.com.

Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Vegetation can help act as a natural filter for polluted storm water runoff.

If you change your car's oil. Don't dump it on the ground or in the storm drain; dispose of it properly at an oil recycling center.

    Kwik Kar Lube & Tune
    2812 Central Drive, Bedford, TX 76021
    (817)540-1913

    Pep Boys
    3305 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021
    (817)283-2588

    Wal-mart Tire and Lube Express Center
    4101 Highway 121, Bedford, TX 76021
    (817)571-7524

    O'Reilly Auto Parts
    1412 Brown Trail Bedford, Tx 76021
    (817)571-7524

    AutoZone
    301 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021
    (817)514-9506

Check your car, boat, or motorcycle for leaks. Clean up spilled fuels with an absorbent material, don't rinse the spills into the storm drain.

Compost your yard waste. www.compostguide.com

Don't get rid of old or unused paint by throwing it down the storm drain; dispose of paint and other hazardous household waste at recycling facilities.. Select here, for more information about compact fluorescent bulbs.

Don't pump your pool water into the storm drain - pool chemicals can be hazardous to our creek habitats. whenever possible, drain your pool into the sanitary sewer system where it can be treated.

    Sec. 66-72. Draining residential pools.
    It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or occupies any residential lot with a swimming pool to discharge water from the swimming pool onto the property of another, or to drain the pool in such a way as to drain onto the property of another. Provided, however, that water from a swimming pool may be discharged into a dedicated drainage easement.
    (Code 1969, § 12-66)

What discharges are allowable and why?

The State permit TXR040000 that regulates storm water discharges for cities, which the City of Bedford is authorized under, lists allowable discharges that do not violate the permit.  This list is:

  1. water line flushing (excluding discharges of hyperchlorinated water, unless the water is first dechlorinated and discharges are not expected to adversely affect aquatic life);
  2. runoff or return flow from landscape irrigation, lawn irrigation, and other irrigation utilizing
    potable water, groundwater, or surface water sources;
  3. discharges from potable water sources;
  4. diverted stream flows;
  5. rising ground waters and springs;
  6. uncontaminated ground water infiltration;
  7. uncontaminated pumped ground water;
  8. foundation and footing drains;
  9. air conditioning condensation;
  10. water from crawl space pumps;
  11. individual residential vehicle washing;
  12. flows from wetlands and riparian habitats;
  13. dechlorinated swimming pool discharges;
  14. street wash water;
  15. discharges or flows from fire fighting activities (fire fighting activities do not include
    washing of trucks, run-off water from training activities, test water from fire suppression systems, and similar activities);
  16. other allowable non-storm water discharges listed in 40 CFR ' 122.26(d)(2)(iv)(B)(1);
  17. non-storm water discharges that are specifically listed in the TPDES Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP) or the TPDES Construction General permit (CGP); and
  18. other similar occasional incidental non-storm water discharges, unless the TCEQ develops permits or regulations addressing these discharges.

(Part II Section B)

Any discharge not on this list may be in violation of this permit.  Please read the full storm water ordinance to get the full details, but in summary the Storm Water Pollution Control Ordinance makes it illegal to discharge or dump trash, yard waste, lawn chemicals, pet waste, wastewater, oil, petroleum products, cleaning products, paint products, hazardous waste, sediment caused by land disturbance activities and other pollutants into the City storm water drainage system. The system includes curbing, streets, side ditches, inlets, streams, lakes, or any waterway. 

How can soil and leaves be pollutants?

It’s all about the numbers.  The City of Bedford is home to nearly 50,000 people.  That number doesn't’t sound significant until you realize that Bedford is only ten square miles.  That means there are nearly 5,000 people per square mile.  Which means, yes, what YOU do does make a difference!  Debris can clog storm drain inlets creating dangerous flooding conditions during heavy rain events.  Yard debris enters waterways and begins to decay.  This process eats up all the dissolved oxygen in the water, suffocating the organisms in the water.  These organisms are all part of the natural processes that help maintain water quality.  Everything has to be in balance. 

More importantly, every one of our creek channels drains to the Trinity River which is the primary drinking water supply for the entire Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.  The better the water quality at the water treatment plant intake area, the better the water quality that enters the distribution system after the treatment process.  Storm water enters the drainage system, including local streams and creeks, UNTREATED!    

Do your part to help keep our water clean.  Check out the storm water page to find out ways you can help.  If you use a lawn service company, make sure they are not dumping your lawn debris in the gutter or down the storm drain.  If you witness someone illegally pouring or dumping a substance down the storm drain, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200 or by email at .



Street Department

, Street Supervisor


The Public Works Street Department takes pride in keeping the 455 lane miles of city streets, sidewalks, curb & gutters in good condition. Our six highly skilled maintenance workers are trained on a variety of equipment including backhoes, dump trucks, asphalt pavers, and rollers used for street repairs. The concrete crew does an outstanding job working to make each sidewalk repair as functional and aesthetic as possible. Please call us for a service request or to report damages such as broken sidewalks that are possible tripping hazards, potholes, debris removal in the right-of-way or other street related request. Concrete repair requests are prioritized by severity and are eventually repaired as time and funding becomes available. The Street Supervisor, Michael Gardner, maintains a repair list and communicates to residents the estimated time frame for completion of the repair request. Unforeseen circumstances; such as utility cuts or adverse weather conditions may alter this schedule. Feel free to call us at 817-952-2200 for schedule updates or new repair request.

Large street maintenance projects are contracted out to the lowest qualified bidders. This includes yearly crack-sealing, micro-surfacing, asphalt mill and overlay, concrete street reconstruction, removal and replacement of asphalt. Funding for these types of improvement to the infrastructure come from several sources including a 1/2 cent sales tax, block grants and general funds. The City of Bedford Street Improvement Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC); which was established in 1998, decides how the 1/2 cent sales tax funds are spent. The seven member SIEDC board includes four City Council members, and three appointed citizens. The funds from the sales tax are used primarily for repairs and equipment.

In addition; the City of Bedford receives a small amount of funding from Tarrant County Community Block Grant program for sidewalk installation where there are none, and/or sewer line and water line repairs in economically disadvantaged areas. The Tarrant County Commissions Court approves funding for the grant then the Bedford City Council authorizes the project. The remaining general revenue funds for street repairs are authorized by a vote by the City of Bedford’s City Council. Once funding for a project is approved City determines who will design the project, and once complete will go through a competitive bidding process. To discuss the needs for a large infrastructure project please contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200. Working together to meet the needs of the community, we can help make the city streets as great as possible.

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