07/26/19

Mosquito Control Activities Scheduled for Week of July 29, 2019

MEMPHIS, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program routinely traps and tests mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile virus (WNV). Mosquitoes positive for the West Nile Virus were identified in the following zip codes last week, the week of July 22, 2019:  38106, 38109, 38135, 38114, 38111, 38128, 38108, 38122, 38002, 38053, 38016.

Since February, the Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program has treated areas by applying larvicides to standing bodies of water. These actions are consistent with efforts to be proactive in decreasing the adult mosquito population. Larviciding is the practice of applying an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insecticide to areas where mosquito breeding has been confirmed. It is the most effective way of eliminating mosquito populations.

Controlling mosquito populations that may harbor the West Nile virus is important because humans can contract WNV through an infected mosquito’s bite. Although WNV can occasionally cause severe disease, most human infections are mild, resulting in fever, headache and body aches lasting only a few days. Symptoms of severe disease include a high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma or convulsions. Individuals over age 50 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease. They should especially be careful to avoid mosquito bites.

As an additional precaution, SCHD will conduct mosquito control activities, including truck-mounted spraying (adulticiding) of EPA-approved insecticides, weather permitting*, in specific ZIP codes where the West Nile virus has been detected, and portions of adjoining zip codes, according to the following schedule:

Monday, July 29nd

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38107, 38108, 38112, 38111, 38122, 38104, 38114

Tuesday, July 30th           

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38108, 38122, 38112, 38128, 38111, 38117

Wednesday, July 31st

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38111, 38117, 38118, 38119

Thursday, August 1st         

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38106, 38109, 38113, 38126, 38103, 38104, 38105, 38109

Go to www.shelbytnhealth.com to view the most current schedule and the exact boundaries of each scheduled spray. New maps will be added weekly to reflect updated schedules.

Truck mounted spraying only effectively kills adult mosquitoes currently flying at the time the insecticide is sprayed. Because of this, residents are highly encouraged to be vigilant as it relates to controlling mosquito populations around their homes and businesses and preventing mosquito bites. Individuals are encouraged to practice the 4 D’s:

  • DEFEND yourself by using insect repellent with DEET. Follow label instructions.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants. Wear loose and light colored clothing when outdoors. 
  • DUSK/DAWN is the time when mosquitoes are most active. Stay indoors.
  • DRAIN standing water and install or repair window screens.

Individuals with chronic health problems such as asthma or other lung conditions may want to remain indoors during the time of spraying. Citizens who do not want their residences to be sprayed should contact the Vector Control Program at (901) 222-9715.

* To ensure the insecticide is most effective, the scheduled spraying will be canceled if any of the following weather conditions are present for the majority of the schedule spray time:

  • Rain chance of 65% or greater
  • Wind speeds 11mph or greater
  • Temperature less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit

Follow @ShelbyTNHealth on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date cancellations of any scheduled sprayings.

07/22/19

Mosquito Control Activities Scheduled for Week of July 22, 2019

MEMPHIS, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program routinely traps and tests mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile virus (WNV). Mosquitoes positive for the West Nile Virus were identified in the following zip codes last week, the week of July 7, 2019: 38104, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38115, 38117, 38119, 38122 and 38141.

Since February, the Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program has treated areas by applying larvicides to standing bodies of water. These actions are consistent with efforts to be proactive in decreasing the adult mosquito population. Larviciding is the practice of applying an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insecticide to areas where mosquito breeding has been confirmed. It is the most effective way of eliminating mosquito populations.

Controlling mosquito populations that may harbor the West Nile virus is important because humans can contract WNV through an infected mosquito’s bite. Although WNV can occasionally cause severe disease, most human infections are mild, resulting in fever, headache and body aches lasting only a few days. Symptoms of severe disease include a high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma or convulsions. Individuals over age 50 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease. They should especially be careful to avoid mosquito bites.

As an additional precaution, SCHD will conduct mosquito control activities, including truck-mounted spraying (adulticiding) of EPA-approved insecticides, weather permitting*, in specific ZIP codes where the West Nile virus has been detected, and portions of adjoining zip codes, according to the following schedule:

Monday, July 22nd

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38107, 38108, 38112, 38111, 38122, 38104, 38114

Tuesday, July 23rd               

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38118, 37501, 38115, 38141

Wednesday, July 24th

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38116, 38118, 38130, 38131, 38132, 38118, 38115, 38125

Thursday, July 18th

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38111, 38117, 38122, 38152, 38118, 38119

Go to www.shelbytnhealth.com to view the most current schedule and the exact boundaries of each scheduled spray. New maps will be added weekly to reflect updated schedules.

Truck mounted spraying only effectively kills adult mosquitoes currently flying at the time the insecticide is sprayed. Because of this, residents are highly encouraged to be vigilant as it relates to controlling mosquito populations around their homes and businesses and preventing mosquito bites. Individuals are encouraged to practice the 4 D’s:

  • DEFEND yourself by using insect repellent with DEET. Follow label instructions.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants. Wear loose and light colored clothing when outdoors.
  • DUSK/DAWN is the time when mosquitoes are most active. Stay indoors.
  • DRAIN standing water and install or repair window screens.

Individuals with chronic health problems such as asthma or other lung conditions may want to remain indoors during the time of spraying. Citizens who do not want their residences to be sprayed should contact the Vector Control Program at (901) 222-9715.

* To ensure the insecticide is most effective, the scheduled spraying will be canceled if any of the following weather conditions are present for the majority of the schedule spray time:

  • Rain chance of 65% or greater
  • Wind speeds 11mph or greater
  • Temperature less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit

Follow @ShelbyTNHealth on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date cancellations of any scheduled sprayings.

07/3/19

City of Memphis Service Changes, Closures for Independence Day

Service changes, closures for Independence Day:

City of Memphis offices will be closed and there will be no solid waste pick up on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Residents who have garbage and recycling collections by City crews or its contractor on Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day.

 

To read the entire list please click the link below.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/TNMEMPHIS/bulletins/24f134b

 

 

05/16/19

Main Street Trolley Line Service Alert

Due to construction on the Memphis Convention Center, service will be impacted on the Main Street Trolley rail line from June 3-July 14, 2019.

The Main Street Trolley rail cars will only pick up passengers on the east side of the tracks at the Trolley stations located between Madison and Exchange Avenues. In addition, some southbound Trolley stations will be temporarily closed.

To learn more about the Main Street Trolley line temporary detour, click this link: https://bit.ly/2w22gx4.

05/3/19

2018 Water Quality Report

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division 2018 Water Quality Report is available on MLGW’s website. Customers can view the 2018 Water Quality Report online at mlgw.com/waterquality. The report is available in English and Spanish.

Click the image to read the report

Customers can also request a paper copy of the report by calling (901) 320-3950 or emailing corpcomm@mlgw.org.

All community water systems are required to prepare and distribute an annual water quality report. Specialists in MLGW’s Water Laboratory perform numerous tests throughout the year to monitor components of Memphis’ water. MLGW is proud to continue to provide excellent drinking water for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County.

04/5/19

MATA Announces Free Rides on April 25: Get On Board Day

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) will give free rides on all MATA vehicles on Thursday, April 25 in recognition of Get on Board for Public Transit Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, this national day of recognition has been established to support public transit to further acknowledge that every segment of American communities benefits from public transportation.

For example, every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

To learn more quick facts about the value of public transportation, visit https://www.apta.com/mediacenter/ptbenefits/Pages/default.aspx.

02/21/19

Memphis City Council Approves Water Rate Increase

(February 20, 2019) – The Memphis City Council approved an increase in water rates Tuesday night. The increase takes effect March 2019 and will be in place through February next year.

MLGW customers will see their water bills increase an average of 45 cents per month. The measure will raise roughly $2.5 million and help cover a projected 2019 deficit in the utility’s water division.

The council rejected proposals to raise MLGW rates that would have helped fund a five-year plan to overhaul the utility’s aging infrastructure. The MLGW Board of Commissioners met today and ratified the council-approved increase in water rates.

02/16/19

Scam Callers Target MLG&W Customers

Memphis Light, Gas and Water has received reports of two types of scam phone calls to customers.

One customer reports a scammer telling them to dial an 800 number to make payment or they would be disconnected. Upon calling the toll-free number, the customer got an automated message stating they had reached MLGW. Another MLGW customer reports a caller instructing her to go to a dollar store, add money to a debit card and call back for more instructions. While MLGW mails cut-off notices to customers and uses auto-dialers alerting them that payment must be made by a certain date to avoid cutoff,

MLGW service representatives do not personally call customers to request payment.

If you get such a call, you are urged to do the following:

• Hang up the phone.
• Never give out personal financial information over the phone.
• Call the MLGW Customer Care Center at 901-544-6549 if you have any concerns.
• Report it to your local police station if you have been scammed.
• Go to any of the five MLGW community business offices and speak with a credit counselor if you have problems paying your utility bill.