What’s Inside Published by the City of Richardson www.cor.net September 2011, Vol. 23, No. 12 City currently in Stage 2 water restrictions The Richardson City Council amended the City’s Emergency Water Management Plan, changing the schedule for water use and setting a new target conservation level. The amended plan was unanimously approved at the Aug. 8 City Council meeting. Stage 2 water conservation efforts went into effect Aug. 19 at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which supplies water to the City. The amended plan allows for twice per week watering based on address on a particular day of the week (see table for details). The new Stage 2 measure also targets a 5 percent reduction in water consumption as compared to 2 percent targeted in the old ordinance. The plan’s Stage 3 water conservation plan was also changed to allow just one day per week watering instead of two. The target conservation level for Stage 3 was also increased to 10 percent from 5 percent. Stage 2 conservation implements mandatory restrictions on water usage. Residents wishing to find out more can visit the City’s website at www.cor.net to find direct links for information or to report water restriction violations. Residents can also call 972-7444111 for information or to report a violation. Mandatory water conservation measures in effect are as follows: • Mandatory water use restrictions limit all landscape and Last digit of address 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd) 2, 4, 6, 8, 0 (even) Allowed landscape watering days Wednesday and Sunday Tuesday and Saturday Hourly time water use restrictions may be imposed if warranted by current peak usage and/or pumping conditions. The lowest physical street address number will identify apartments, office building complexes or other property containing multiple addresses. If there is no street address number, a number will be assigned by the director of public services. Outdoor Water Conservation Kits Page 5 Outdoor water conservation kits will help save water. other outdoor water usage at each service address to two days per week as indicated in the table. Water usage during Stage 2 shall be subject to the following: • Reduce consumption by no less than 5 percent as compared to the same water usage of the prior year and in the same month. • Newly constructed swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas may be filled once. • Refilling after draining private swimming pools, Jacuzzis or spas is prohibited without specific authorization from the director of public services. • Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto impervious surfaces is prohibited. . . . continued on page 3 For a complete list of Stage 2 watering restrictions and possible fines, visit www.cor.net or use your smartphone to scan this QR-code. Van Dyke Brothers at Eisemann Center Page 7 Dick and Jerry Van Dyke will perform at the Eisemann Center Sept. 8-9. Fire Department and hospital receive recognition from AHA Huffhines Recreation Center renewable energy project begins A component of the City Council Statement of Goals emphasizes the City’s commitment to encouraging and implementing sustainability programs that help ensure a safe and healthy environment. As part of that goal, the installation of several renewable energy features at Huffhines Recreation Center will begin this month. Enhancements to the Huffhines Recreation Center will include the installation of solar photovoltaic panels, a supplemental solar hot water heating system, a small-wind energy generation system, an electric vehicle charging station and an interactive educational kiosk. The new programs are expected to create substantial annual savings once fully implemented. The goals of the project are to provide alternative energy sources for roughly 10 percent of the existing energy consumption at the recreation center; provide a variety of alternative energy systems in one installation; and provide for community education and information of alternative energy opportunities for residents, students and businesses in the City. The new features are fully funded through a 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant awarded to the City. The grant offers opportunities for state and local governments to reduce energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs through the implementation of clean energy (energy efficiency, renewable energy and combined heat and power) programs. The City received $1,036,000 through the block grant program and the money will be used: • to reduce emissions and energy expenses in City facilities by upgrading lighting (see story on page 3) and HVAC systems, • to enhance the new Huffhines Recreation Center with energysaving upgrades and renewable energy-producing features, • and to help monitor current energy usage trends to identify future savings opportunities. Huffhines Recreation Center opened in October 2009 and has been certified as a Silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility. (See page 5 for more about LEED.) The center utilizes construction that maximizes natural light to cut down on energy use and energy-efficient plumbing and air conditioning is also used. The building is constructed with recycled content and materials local to the region. In addition, the outside landscaping consists of plants that require little water. One Book Author to speak Sept. 27 Page 12 Jamie Ford, author of this year’s Richardson Reads One Book selection “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” will talk about the book Sept. 27 at Richardson High School. Pictured at the award ceremony are from left: Liz Fagan, MD, FACEP; Firefighter Michael Maddox; Nhan Nguyen, MD, FACC; Mayor Bob Townsend; Edwin Woyewodzic, patient; MRMC President Kenneth Hutchenrider; Fire Chief Alan Palomba and Battalion Chief-Support Services Curtis Poovey. The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded the Richardson Fire Department and Methodist Richardson Medical Center for having the fastest response and treatment time for treating a man who had a heart attack. The award was the first of a new program to give quarterly recognition for heart attack treatment as part of the AHA’s Dallas Caruth Initiative. The award centered around a case involving a 66-year-old man who was having a heart attack earlier this year. Between the time his wife called 911 and the time doctors inserted a catheter to clear his arteries, only 43 minutes had elapsed. That is a substantially better time than the state average treatment time of nearly two-anda-half hours–time which doctors say is critical in saving muscle tissue in the heart that is being deprived of oxygen. “The members of the Richardson Fire Department strive to provide the highest quality pre-hospital care possible,” Fire Chief Alan Palomba said. “In my opinion, we have one of the best Emergency Medical Systems in the country with well trained and dedicated staff. The firefighters on the first response play a key role in these success stories.” The AHA Dallas Caruth Initiative is funded through a $3.5-million two-year grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas to the South Central Affiliate of the AHA. It is managed by AHA staff and focuses on improving heart attack care in North Texas. By working closely with all 15 hospitals and 24 EMS providers in the county, the initiative coordinates and streamlines protocols reducing the amount of time it takes for heart attack patients to receive lifesaving treatment. Partners work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region. The grant also allows for the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of total heart attack patient care and system level performance in Dallas County.