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Block Leader Program

What is the Block Leader Program?

The Block Leader Program is an initiative by the City of Allen to educate its residents about water conservation. Block Leaders are citizens who volunteer to distribute information about conservation issues affecting our city.

What Do Block Leaders Do?
Block Leaders choose the size of their "block," which can include only the homes on their street, homes on neighboring streets or homes within their subdivision. The information they provide to their neighbors helps residents make informed choices about conservation. Block Leaders do not solicit anything from their neighbors, nor do they monitor their neighbors’ water use. They simply are grassroots communicators who distribute conservation information and materials and serve as resources for their neighbors.

How Does the City Support Their Block Leaders?
Block Leaders work directly with City of Allen Water Conservation staff. The City provides informative pamphlets and materials, along with contact information should neighbors have more questions. Each year Block Leaders pick up this information packet at one of the training sessions held throughout the spring and early summer.

Block Leader Responsibilities
  • At their earliest convenience, Block Leaders deliver these packets to neighbors within their block. Some volunteers leave the information at the doorstep, some personally hand it to their neighbors and others make it available at neighborhood gatherings. City staff keep Block Leaders informed of relevant developments and pertinent issues throughout the year via e-mail and a quarterly newsletter.
  • Block Leaders are a network of residents dedicated to environmental education, not members of a water police force.

What Opportunities are Available to Block Leaders?
Block Leaders are invited to attend the Sustainable Landscape Series.  The series is presented to educate homeowners on sustainable landscape techniques and practices that reduce waste, and conserve resources.  Other opportunities in the past included behind-the-scene tours of Meyers Park Trial Research & Gardens, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Texas Pure Products-Composting Facility, Stacy Road Pump Station, and the Dallas Arboretum.   
 Rain Barrell Seminar  Bunker Sands Wetland  Meyers Park Photo

How Do I Volunteer?
To volunteer as a Block Leader, please complete this form. If you would like further information, please contact Gail Donaldson, Water Conservation Manager, at 214.509.4559.

New Watering Restrictions
NTMWD to ease watering restrictions effective May 1.