City News Briefs

August 6, 2018

Mosquito fogging set for August 15 and August 16

Due to mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in two locations, Municipal Mosquito will fog alleys throughout the City on August 15 and August 16. Fogging activities will begin after 9:30 p.m both nights. In conjunction, City staff will fog all parks on both nights beginning at 11 p.m.

Reminders about Active School Zones

HPISD students return to campus on August 23. With school back in session, the streets around the City’s various campuses will be more congested. UPPD reminds motorists that active school zones are designated by flashing yellow lights. 

New lighted crosswalk at Wentwood and Hillcrest

As part of ongoing HPISD campus rebuilding efforts, Hyer students have been relocated to the elementary campus at Durham and Northwest Parkway. Due to this relocation, the City has installed a new lighted crosswalk at Wentwood and Hillcrest to assist walkers and bike riders as they cross Hillcrest Avenue. To provide maximum visibility to all lanes of traffic, the crosswalk has been outfitted with pedestrian-activated overhead flashing lights. Crossing guards have been assigned to work both sides of Hillcrest. 

The crosswalk will also be supported by a new school zone on Hillcrest that will begin north of Wentwood at Villanova and end south of Wentwood at Centenary. Activation times for the school zone will match the times set for the district’s other elementary campuses (see list below). 

Parents, please make sure that your children use the side-walks when walking or riding their bikes to school. Children should follow the directions of the crossing guard, who will make sure they cross safely. Early in the school year, UPPD will have extra officers watching queuing lanes at the elementary and intermediate/middle school campuses.

Crossing Guard locations city-wide (map).

School zone times in University Park

Elementary Schools - 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Intermediate/Middle School - 7:15 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
High School - 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

20 MPH is the speed limit in all active school zones. 

Law on texting and driving

By state law, drivers cannot use a wireless device (cell phone) to read, write or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped. Please note, when driving through an active school zone you can still talk on the phone, but only with the use of a “hands free” device.

Friday fun - Catch a Dive-In Movie this summer!

The City's popular Dive-In Movie series is always a summer highlight.  Moviegoers are encouraged to watch these shows from the Holmes Aquatic Center's main pool.  The pool concession stand will be open during the movies with a limited menu and special movie treat items.  Admission is free.*  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Moviegoers will be admitted beginning at 8 p.m. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Remaining event:

Friday, August 17 -- Sherlock Gnomes

* For admission, you must have a UP Pool Pass or reside inside HPISD boundaries.

Doggie Splash Day - September 9

Your dog will have a howling good time at the Holmes Aquatic Center during Doggie Splash Day.  Sponsored by Highland Park Emergency Room, the fun takes place Sunday, September 9 from noon to 3 p.m. 

To participate you must be a University Park/HPISD resident and you must register.  The registration fee is $10 per dog.  Humans are free.  You will need to complete a form for each dog that will be coming to the event.  Space is limited to the first 100 dogs, so sign up early.  Registration Form   

Backflow prevention testing explained

The City of University Park understands that there has been some confusion and questions regarding a notice homeowners have received about backflow prevention testing. Well, we are here to shed some light on the issue and give you some answers!

What are backflow prevention devices?

Backflow prevention devices are one-way devices that prevent contaminants from flowing back into the public water supply, keeping the City’s drinking water safe.

Where are backflow prevention devices found? Do I have a backflow prevention device?

Backflow prevention devices are required on all commercial equipment connected to the City water supply, most commonly restaurant soda machines, medical equipment and nail salon equipment. The devices are also required on home fire suppression and irrigation systems. If you have any of these systems, you have a backflow prevention device!

Why did I get a notice about my backflow prevention device?

The state of Texas requires annual testing of backflow prevention devices on commercial equipment and fire suppression systems. Irrigation systems do not require annual inspections at this time.

Why did I not receive a notice before?

The City of University Park previously did not have a full inventory of all backflow prevention devices or a program to ensure all required inspections were performed. To ensure that the City is in compliance with state requirements regarding backflow prevention devices, University Park has partnered with SC Tracking Solutions, an online reporting system that provides a tracking tool for all backflow prevention devices, along with online receipt of annual inspection reports.

What is BPAT?

Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers (BPAT) are inspectors licensed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to test and repair backflow prevention devices. All BPAT inspectors working in University Park should be registered with SC Tracking Solutions, and should submit reports through this online service, which may be accessed at  

What is involved in the backflow prevention device inspection process?

SC Tracking Solutions and University Park have developed a process for backflow prevention testing and inspection. The steps in the process are:  

  1. SC Tracking Solutions identifies and compiles a list of all backflow prevention devices in the City.
  2. SC Tracking Solutions notifies the utility customer of the annual required backflow prevention device testing.
  3. Annual inspection reports are submitted to SC Tracking Solutions by BPAT testers. SC Tracking Solutions ensures all inspection forms are completed in full and are submitted by the registered inspectors.
  4. All reports are provided to City staff. If an inspection is not performed on time or is outdated, SC Tracking Solutions notifies the City.
  5. City staff follows up with the utility customer to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  6. Because the City has an obligation to protect the public water supply, if no inspection report is filed, water service will be discontinued until the issue is corrected.

How much does a backflow prevention device inspection cost? Does the City make any money from this?

Inspection fees for backflow prevention devices are generally around $100. The inspector is then charged $15 to submit a report through SC Tracking Solutions, and $2.55 from each report submitted goes to University Park.

Click here to view a list of licensed BPAT inspectors

August 2018 Update

Catch up on City items of interest, department-by-department.  UPdate is a new online publication that is distributed mid-month.  Read the August 2018 version of UPdate.