HCMUD18 Drought Contingency Plan Notice – Stage 2 Mandatory
Harris County Municipal Utility District #18 receives a majority of its water from the North Harris County Regional Water Authority and the City of Houston. MUD18’s Board of Directors have posted this message to our website for our District customers. This is the second level of drought notice and is mandatory.
MUD18 still has water capacity and is not in jeopardy of low water supplies at this point in the 2023 drought event. We are participating in an attempt to prevent problems in our area.
MUD 18 is monitoring the conditions and will update to this website any changes issued by water authorities or from our District Board of Directors. We encourage water conservation year-round but especially during this hot 2023 summer.
The City of Houston (COH), the primary source of water for the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (Authority), has entered stage two of their Drought Contingency Plan, effective on August 27, 2023. The COH’s drought response calls for mandatory water conservations efforts to reduce water use, that will reduce the daily volume of water delivered. The Houston Public Works Release can be found under https://cityofhouston.news/stagetwodrought/ .
As required by the Authority’s Drought Contingency Plan, the Authority must enter Stage 2 of our Drought Contingency Plan, when the COH enters into Stage 2 water shortage of their Drought Contingency Plan. The Authority’s Drought Contingency Plan requires that any customer receiving water from the Authority or well owner whose well is included under the Authority’s Harris-Galveston Subsidence District aggregate water well permit.
Harris County MUD 18 is required to implement Stage 2 of our Drought Contingency Plan:
All Customers of Harris County MUD 18 are restricted to the following:
- Repair detectible water leaks within 72 hours of discovery;
- Utilize water conservation measures such as displacement bags, low-flow shower heads and leak detection tablets. Additional water conservation tips can be found at irrygator.com;
- Limit outdoor irrigation to the hours 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day on no more than two (2) days per week, in conformity with the following schedule (no watering on Mondays):
- Sundays and Thursdays for single-family residential customers with even-numbered street addresses
- Saturdays and Wednesdays for single-family residential customers with odd-numbered street addresses; and
- Tuesdays and Fridays for all other customers
Compliance with the above requirements is mandatory.
Harris County MUD 18 is committed to water conservation and supports a variety of programs that offer ways to more efficiently use this resource. Water conservation is everyone’s business. The water we conserve today will serve us tomorrow.
MUD 18 has updated its Water Rates table to address an increasing cost of water. It is hoped that an outcome of this necessary revision would be an increased awareness of the need for personal conservation by families in our District.
This is the Water Conservation Plan adopted by the Board of Directors.
The District has adopted a Drought Contingency Plan, and it is important that you know what it means if an advisory notice is issued.
Notices issued under the plan may include:
- a call for voluntary water conservation, or
- a notice of mandatory water conservation that institutes specific days and times by house address for outdoor watering
Notices of voluntary conservation are usually triggered by extended hot weather and/or periods of low rainfall. Mandatory conservation notices guide customers during more severe conditions that could affect our District’s water availability. Please review the Plan if you see signs posted in your neighborhood, and abide by the restrictions.
Water Smart Program
The Water Smart program is a public awareness campaign to promote year-round water conservation. It is jointly sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Development Board.
Water Smart’s simple goals form the guidelines of our District’s direct action efforts:
- Increase awareness of the need for water conservation year-round
- Avoid or postpone the need for mandatory water rationing whenever possible
- Enable the public to participate in water conservation efforts outside the home
- Coordinate local water providers to carry out a regional public information campaign on water conservation and supply issues
Water Conservation Links
Water Conservation links to other web sites and to PDF documents for download.
- Texas Water Smart
- Texas Water Conservation Association
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense site
- North Harris County Regional Water Authority
- Commercial Capital Training Water Conservation Business Opportunities
- Water Saving Tips: Outdoors – Gracelinks
- Save Water, Time and Money on your Landscape – This Old House
- Top 10 Ways to Conserve Water – OrganicLife
- Water Conservation Tips for the Home Lawn and Garden – University of California
- Conserving Water in the Garden – Oregon State Library
- Water Efficiency and Conservation Tips – Stanford University
- Backyard Water Conservation – USDA
- Water Saving Tips: Kitchen – Wichita Falls, Texas website
- Water Saving Tips in the Kitchen – Gracelinks
- How to Save Water – Save Water America
- Water Conservation Tips – Kohler, Inc.
- Save Water and Money in the Kitchen – Rutgers University
- Tips to Save Water in the Kitchen – Green Home Guide
- How to Conserve Water in the Laundry Room – Water Use It Wisely
- How to Save Water in the Laundry Room – About
- Waste Not – Boston Globe
- Conserving Water – Energy.gov
- 3 Simple Ways to Save Water and Money in the Laundry Room – Rutgers University
- Conservation Tips – Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
- Tips for the Bathroom from Kohler, Inc.
- WaterSense: Bathroom Sink Faucets & Accessories – U.S. EPA
- Home Water Efficiency: Bathroom Fact Sheet – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Water Conservation for Kids
Xeriscaping – a PDF published by TAMU’s Agricultural Extension Service is a 16-page document describing the concepts and advantages to using residential xeriscaping in Texas.