If you haven’t heard, Dallas County will be spraying for mosquitoes in DeSoto tonight starting at 10 pm. DeSoto’s mosquito traps have not tested positive for West Nile, but the high number of mosquitoes that were caught are cause for concern. Spraying tonight is a proactive measure to decrease the mosquito population that could potentially carry West Nile later this summer. Read the full story below.
Greetings neighbors. At our last meeting, many of you expressed the need to have more frequent meetings, and we promised we would post dates online for you.
We have planned community meetings for July 27th, October 26th, and January 25th. The meetings are planned for 11 am – 1 pm, at Metro South Wind Fellowship Church on Belt Line Rd.
If the date, time, or location changes, we will update this information on the website and also post it to Facebook and Twitter.
Please encourage your neighbors to sign up for website notices, or to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to stay up to date with information.
You can view the meeting schedule and minutes from all meetings here.
Reports are stating that lake levels are still low this season across North Texas. You may ask, “Why is that important to me?”
The answer is that all of the water that you pay for to drink, cook, bathe, water your lawn, and use in other ways come from lakes. DeSoto purchases its water from the City of Dallas, which gets its water from Lakes Ray Roberts, Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine, Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Fork, and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.
The City of Dallas has a year-round watering restriction of twice weekly watering for sprinkler systems. This restriction has been in place for a year. There is also a restriction of no watering between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm between April and October.
Your grass needs one inch of water per week to stay green and to allow the roots to grow down far into the soil where they are protected from the heat, and are surrounded by more moisture. You can place a tuna or cat food can in the middle of your lawn, run your sprinkler, and time how long it takes that can to fill up. That’s how long you should run your sprinkler system for once or twice a week.
Running your sprinkler system between the hours of 3 am to 6 am is ideal to prevent evaporation, which means your landscape isn’t being watered correctly, and you just wasted money paying for water that never reached the ground it was intended for.
The purpose of these restrictions are to protect our water sources. When water levels in lakes fall, the quality also diminishes, and consistently falling levels could lead to higher rates, more restrictions, and perhaps reservoirs closing.
While the City of DeSoto has not passed any ordinances restricting water use, please consider it. It will save you money, and save our water resources.
We need Block Captains to better communicate with all neighbors and function as a community. Please watch the video below that recaps our last community meeting, and describes the need for Block Captains.
Please share this information with your neighbors and encourage them to sign up for website updates, or follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.
Click here to sign up for a committee.