The Public Works consist of a Well Yard, Wastewater Plant, and Mechanic Shop. Number of employees employed under this Department is 14 employees that include the Director of Public Works and the Superintendent of Public Works.
The Public Works Department is to construct, operate, maintain and repair the city’s infrastructure including Water Distribution, Wastewater Distribution, Streets, Sidewalks, Curbs, Drains, Right-of-Ways, Traffic Control Systems and Signage, Buildings, Parks and Other Public Structures and Facilities.
The function of the Water Distribution is to maintain, repair and rehabilitate the City’s Water Distribution System. This system is composed of water wells, water storage tanks, high pressure pumps, mains valves and fire hydrants. This system delivers safe drinking water to the public for human consumption and provides adequate pressure for fire protection.
Stage II Supplement to Ordinance 08-12
SUMMARY OF DEVINE’S STAGE II WATER USE RESTRICTIONS
We are currently under Stage II of the City of Devine’s drought management ordinance effective August 28, 2012. To follow are some of the particular restrictions:
- All restrictions from Stage I. Stage I Water Restrictions Summary
- For Stage II, the landscape irrigation days for residential and commercial properties will be according to the street address and according to the following schedule. If the last digit of the street address ends in:
If there is no street address associated with the property, such as a parkway, or if there is more than one (1) street address associated with a single contiguous property the irrigation day is Wednesday.
0 or 1 the irrigation day is Monday,
2 or 3 the irrigation day is Tuesday,
4 or 5 the irrigation day is Wednesday,
6 or 7 the irrigation day is Thursday,
8 or 9 the irrigation day is Friday.
- Landscape watering for new landscaping plants:
Under Stage II, landscape watering is permitted between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the designated day shown above for no longer than three (3) weeks. Thereafter, landscape watering using sprinkler or irrigation systems for landscaping plants is permitted only on the day and times associated with the current stage in effect at the termination of the variance allowed by this subsection.
- Landscape watering for existing landscaping plants:
Under Stage II, landscape watering with a soaker hose, hose-end sprinkler or in-ground irrigation system is allowed on the above specified day between the hours of 3:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Landscape irrigation with a drip irrigation system or five-gallon bucket is allowed during Stage II hours on any day. Landscape irrigation with a hand-held hose is allowed at any time or any day.
- Swimming pools, hot tubs, and similar facilities:
Under Stage II, filling of all new and existing pools is prohibited. Replenishing to maintenance level is permitted. Draining permitted only onto pervious surface, or onto pool deck where the water is transmitted directly to a pervious surface, only if:
- Draining excess water from pool due to rain in order to lower water to maintenance level;
- Repairing, maintaining or replacing pool component that has become hazardous; or
- Repairing pool leak.
Refilling of public swimming pool permitted only if pool has been drained for the repairs, maintenance or replacement set out in items 2 or 3 above.
- Vegetable Gardens:
Under Stage II, irrigation with hand-held hose, bucket or drip system between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. is permitted.
- Golf Courses:
Under Stage II, golf courses shall be required to submit a water conservation plan and shall have on file with the City the annual irrigation check up as described in Section 2 and shall be defined as “conforming or “non-conforming” and shall reduce water usage under the following terms: (refer to ordinance for terms)
- Aesthetic Use:
Under Stage II, inside or outside use is prohibited except with reused water.
- Other Outside Uses:
Under Stage II, waste is prohibited. Washing of impervious surface areas is prohibited except washing for immediate human health and safety concerns. Washing of mobile equipment is prohibited except on designated days with hand-held hose or bucket. The designated day for this is the same as the designated day for irrigating. (shown above)
At any time the City Council determines that it would be in the best interest of the City of Devine, the City Council may increase any or all water rates in order to further water conservation in the City.
- Industrial, Commercial, and Others:
Under Stage I, Stage II or Stage III, reduction is recommended. User is encouraged to reduce water usage by any means available. Compliance with the mandatory demand reduction measures is required for those uses in the Outdoor category, including landscape watering, swimming pools, hot tubs and similar facilities, golf courses, car washes, aesthetic uses such as fountains, regardless of whether the user is an industrial user. Industrial reductions may be imposed under Stage III if conditions warrant.
As a general rule, waste is prohibited. Reduction of all water use is recommended. Private wells are excluded from the ordinance but reduction of use is recommended – they tend to go dry quickly during a drought.
Each violation of the ordinance shall be punished by a penalty of a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $2,000.00. Each day a violation occurs shall be deemed a separate offense. Copies of the ordinance are available at City Hall. If you have any questions or wish to report water wasters, call the City at 663-2804.
The function of the Wastewater Distribution is to treat and maintain this system for the purpose of welfare of the community. Our Wastewater Plant is an activated sludge process. Our Plant is maintained 24 hours 7 days a week. We have three employees that operate the Plant to ensure that it operates with no problems.
Jobs performed under the Wastewater:
- Unstop Sewer stoppages.
- Install New Sewer Taps and Services.
- Respond to Work orders generated by the Public for any Wastewater concerns.
- Locate Sewer City Lines.
- Take daily samples to ensure accuracy in the levels of sludge.
- Take samples of the sludge to the Laboratory to analyze to verify compliance with State and Federal requirements.
- Maintain all the dry beds of sludge and dispose of it accordingly.
- Provide treatment of wastewater collected to meet permit requirements.
The function of the Street Department is to maintain and repair the City’s Streets, Traffic, and Street Signs and Drainage Facilities.
Jobs performed under the Street Department:
- Patch potholes.
- Resurface street by an overlay.
- Repair and replace street signs.
- Respond to Work orders generated by the Public to ensure the safety of the community.
- Mow/weed eat all City right-of-way and City properties.
Public Works provides a list of streets that council reviews and then selects streets to be overlayed for the current fiscal year.
The City maintains one small Park located at Windy Knoll and Colonial.
Jobs performed at the Park:
- Mow/Clean the Park.
- Water Grass, Trees and Plants.
- Repair all Play Equipment.
- Remove any Graffiti from Equipment, Tables and Pavillion.
- Provide litter control twice a week
Visit out City Park page for more park details. Please report needed park equipment and property repairs to City Hall at (830) 663-2804.
For any questions pertaining to Public Works you can call City Hall at (830) 663-2804.