NHCRWA Rate Increase
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority (“NHCRWA”) postponed an earlier April1, 2020 increase in their surface water fee until July 1, 2020 due to the Corona virus pandemic. That fee increased from $4.30 per 1,000 gallons to $4.70 per 1,000 gallons.
By mandate, HCMUD 18 purchases surface water from the Authority and its separate fee is shown on MUD18 bills each month.
For additional information, 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.
Why HCMUD 18 Uses Regional Surface Water
Over the past decade, significant changes have occurred in our water distribution. Issues of water supply and water quality have captured public attention nationwide. American cities are realizing water sources are not infinite and water conservation, once largely ignored, is worth pursuing as an era of cheap water ends.
The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, a state regulator of groundwater extraction, ordered a reduction in reliance on well water in northwest Harris County. This was a phased conversion to surface water sources of rivers and their associated reservoirs.
Over-reliance on ground water (well water) caused two serious problems in our community: localized areas were sinking as water below was pumped to the surface, and critical underground aquifers were being depleted faster than they could be recharged.
In 1999, the State of Texas and the Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District enacted legislation and rules that required a migration from ground water (well sources) to surface water (river and lake- based sources). The City of Houston has authority over Lake Houston, the San Jacinto River, Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston, the 3 current sources of surface water.
This legislation drove the formation of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority to link up districts on the north side of Houston for the coordinated delivery of surface water to their systems. HCMUD18 is a participating member of this water authority.
As an active participant, MUD 18 retains use of its 2 wells, conserving an ability to blend well water with surface water to achieve required supplies during high usage periods and drought conditions.
Bill Payment Options
Pay by Credit Card
Payment by credit card with Mastercard, Visa, or Discover on the Internet. The website is paymyutilitybill.com. There is a 5% access fee per transaction to use this service. Payments post to account by close of second business day.
Check by Phone
Call toll free 877-855-4846 with bank routing number and checking account number. There is a $3.95 service fee per transaction by Compass Bank for this service. Payments post to account by close of second business day.
Via Western Union
Payment at H.E.B. or Kroger. There is a service fee of $1.50 per transaction. Payments post to account by close of second business day.
Direct Payment Plan
Setup automatic withdrawal from bank account each month to pay water bill. There is a $1.00 service fee, per month, for this service. Payments post to account by due date on water bill.
By U.S. Postal Service
Pay by mail with return envelope provided with water bill.
Eagle Water Management
P.O. BOX 12169
Spring, Texas 77391
Payment at Eagle Water Management office.
5118 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, Texas 77379
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
For after hours, drop box is available and under surveillance at all times.