Effective April 1, 2018, the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (“NHCRWA”) has increased the surface water fee from $3.35 per 1,000 gallons to $3.85 per 1,000 gallons. For additional information on the NHCRWA and the surface water fee, please visit the following link, which includes an article entitled “Why does the cost of water keep going up?” on pages 18-19: http://www.nhcrwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/NHCRWA-NEWSMAG-Fall-2017.pdf. In addition, the NHCRWA holds a public meeting the first Monday of the month, the address is on their website, and the phone number is 281-440-3924.
When you move into one of the neighborhoods in our District, you’ll note our water bill often contains suggestions on how you can realize direct savings by using water more effectively. Our common sense suggestions cover 5 main areas of household water use: the Kitchen, Clothes Washing, Bathrooms, Swimming Pools and Landscaping.
Conservation is especially important during hot weather because of increased water use. Outdoor irrigation uses significantly more water during peak daytime hours than household water. And, about 50 percent of the water used on lawns and gardens during the summer can be wasted due to overwatering, irrigation leaks or running during or immediately after rain showers. Please familiarize yourself with your irrigation controls, or have your yard service inspect and repair them seasonally.
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.