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Yes, via phone or internet. The city accepts VISA, Master Card, Discover, and American Express. The city charges a $2.50 convenience charge.
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Come to the Utility Billing Department no later than 3 pm of the day you want the service started, fill out an application and pay the deposit. Deposits cannot be added to the first month's bill. You must pay up front before service can be provided.
You may come to the Utility Billing Department anytime up to 3 pm of the same day you want service.
We must go by the readings on the meter to calculate your charges, so all we can do is suggest common problem areas for you to check, such as: Sprinkler systems: They use more water than most people think. You can read your meter anytime to keep up with your usage. If it is set to come on during the night, read the meter before you go to bed, then again the next morning before anyone uses any water to see how many gallons were used. Commodes: Sometimes they do not shut off automatically and this can run a lot of water through it while you're away. (Silent leak - described below) Leak in the line from meter to house: Sometimes a wet spot does not show on top of the ground. Water can leak from the line down into the ground.
Remove the cover to the tank part of the toilet. Drop 3-4 drops of food coloring (blue, red, or green) in the tank. Wait 5 - 10 minutes. If the food coloring appears in the bowl of the toilet, then you have a leak.
Make sure no one in the house is using water, like dishwashers, showers or washing machine. Go out to the meter and shine a flashlight on it (regular light, not LED) Most homes are now equipped with a new electronic meter that is solar powered. If you see an image of a drippy faucet appear, this indicates a leak between the meter and.your home or business. On an older style meter, there may be a small pea size circle with a blue or red triangle on it. Watch this triangle for 5 to 10 minutes and if it moves, you have a leak. If no triangle is present, simply see if any of the numbers on the dials change. This also indicates a leak.
Most of our meters are electronic and are radio read, meaning our meter readers do not have to physically see the meter to read it. A computer picks up an electronic signal as the readers drive by in their vehicle. For older style meters, Mother Nature has her way of covering up meters by the wind blowing, ground shifting, rain and even mowing your yard. The meter reader does not necessarily have to wipe off all the dirt to in order to read the meter. Remember, they are trained and do this on a daily basis.
The Alvarado Police Department is located in the City of Alvarado Annex, 600 S Parkway. This building is open during normal business hours (Monday through Friday / 8 am-5 pm).
The following are a listing of phone numbers for the Alvarado Police Department:
If you are involved in a minor collision where there are no visible signs of injury to persons involved and the vehicles are drivable then move your vehicle out of the traveled portion of the roadway. Cars left in the road contribute to traffic back-ups, which can cause other collisions. In fact, State law requires that motorists move their cars from freeways. Call the police and exchange driver information.
Accidents resulting in $1000 in damage must be reported to the Texas Department of Transportation. This is either done by the officer investigating the collision or by the parties involved by filling out a self reporting accident report (CR-2 or "Blue Form").
Residents should call 911 only for police, fire or medical emergencies. When calling 911, stay on the line and try to remain calm with your information ready. If you are calling to file a police report, it can be made by calling 817-556-6060. To contact a specific police employee call 817-790-0910.