MUDs or ‘Municipal Utility Districts’ are authorized by Texas law to finance, construct, own, operate and maintain all the facilities necessary to supply water and to provide wastewater treatment for the District’s customers. In addition to providing water, sewer and drainage services, MUDs may also choose to provide certain community services like supplemental security patrols, trash collection, and fire service. The law also allows MUDs to enhance their communities by funding parks and recreational facilities.
Who regulates MUD operations?
MUD18 delivers quality drinking water and sewer services under the supervision of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ, 512-239-1000). This state regulatory agency is responsible for protecting our state’s natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development, the goals of clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. TCEQ issues a wide range of operations permits, accomplishes key research, enforces water quality standards and aggressively promotes water conservation.
At the national level, the Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction over water utilities. It is charged with issuing and enforcing federal clean water and safe drinking water laws. In this role it supports for municipal wastewater treatment plants, and pollution prevention efforts aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water.