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Irving Deems Stagnant Water Public Nuisance


Irving, Texas. August 5, 2014

When water remains motionless for a period of time, it allows a buildup of algae and bacteria primarily due to low water levels, a lack of circulation and depletion of oxygen causing the water color to darken. This discoloration does not mean the water is stagnant. When water finally stagnates, it will produce a pungent sewage-like odor, and it is at this time that the conditions are conducive for the breeding of mosquitos.

If a stagnant water violation is confirmed at an occupied property, the code officer may only gain access to the back yard through the permission of the homeowner or through an administrative search warrant if access is denied by owner to begin enforcement action.

“The odor of stagnant water is considered a nuisance violation, and it alerts to the fact that stagnant water does exist,” said Code Enforcement Director Teresa Adrian. “If a pool is found to be stagnant on a vacant property, state law allows code officers to apply mosquito control tablets into the water, which prevents mosquito breeding for 30 days.”

Code enforcement officers can work cases involving stagnant water in private pools when the conditions are in plain view and visible from the following locations:

  • Adjacent property
  • Alley
  • Public right of way

The Code Enforcement Department will investigate all inquiries regarding stagnant water concerns. To report a violation, call the Code Enforcement Hotline at (972) 721-4929 or fill out the online Code Enforcement Complaint form.

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