Loring Lane Service Interruption

HCWCID 132 is performing an emergency water line repair on Loring Lane.

Approximately 52 homes between 17602 and 17935 Loring Lane will be without water service for approximately four hours.

Service is anticipated to be restored by 9 PM. We regret the inconvenience.

NHCRWA Implements Drought Contingency Plan Stage 1

The City of Houston (COH), the primary source of water for the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA), entered stage one of the COH Drought Contingency Plan on June 21, 2022, due to the observed drop in annual rainfall amounts and higher-than-normal daily temperatures.

The NHCRWA is implementing Stage 1 of our Drought Contingency Plan immediately.

The NHCRWA request that customers of Harris County WCID 132 and all others receiving water from the NHCRWA implement the following voluntary restrictions:

  • Limit irrigation to no more than two days per week, between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. following the schedules below:
    • 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.
    • Tuesdays and Fridays for all other customers.
    • No watering on Mondays.

Compliance to the above recommendations is voluntary under Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan.

Additional water conservation tips can be found at https://wateru.nhcrwa.com and www.irrygator.com.

Prohibition of Watering During Certain Hours for Non-Essential Water Use

The Board of Directors of Harris County WCID No. 132 has determined that it is in the best interest of the District to implement water conservation measures. Non-essential watering is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. beginning May 1 of each year and continuing through October 31. The following uses of water are non-essential and are prohibited:

  1. washing down of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;
  2. using water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;
  3. using water for dust control; and
  4. flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street.

Watering parks, foliage, grass and shrubbery with a handheld device is permitted during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 1 through October 31. No person shall knowingly or intentionally allow the use of non-essential water during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 1 through October 31 of any given year.

Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion

In anticipation of additional water from the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project, the regional water authorities and the City of Houston, forged a partnership to accomplish an expansion of the Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP), with each paying it’s fair share of the costs. This multi-billion dollar project, to be completed in phases over the next six to nine years, will increase the treatment capacity from the current 80 million gallons a day, to 400 million gallons a day. The expansion project is considered to be the largest design-build project of it’s kind underway in the US today.

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About the District

History

For more than 50 years, Harris County WCID 132 has provided water, sanitary sewer and drainage fa-cilities to customers inside its boundaries. (See District boundaries here.)

The District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and converted to a municipal utility district in 1977. The District operates under the provisions of the Texas Water Code.

The District covers 327 acres of land located 20 miles northwest of downtown Houston. We serve single family residents in portions of Cypresswood and Cypressdale subdivisions, all of Cypresswood Place, all or a portion of five apartment complexes plus 43 acres of commercial development along Kuykendahl Road. The district serves an estimated 4,100 residential and commercial customers daily.

Water supply for the District is provided by an integrated system shared with Cypresswood Utility District through a joint facilities agreement consisting of three water wells and two emergency water intercon-nects. Surface water is purchased from the North Harris County Regional Water Authority.

The District is located within the boundaries of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District which regulates groundwater withdrawals and is subject to an annual permit issued by the subsidence district.

Wastewater treatment is provided by a facility located south of Cypress Creek. The District participates in the maintenance and operation of the facility along with six other utility districts.
As of Dec. 31, 2018, the District owned net capital assets of $3,264,052 based on the most recent au-dited financial statement. (See audited financial statements here.)

What Exactly Is A Water District?

The simple answer to that question is that it is a local political subdivision of the State, governed by a board of directors. Also known as MUDs — Municipal Utility Districts — they are authorized under the Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 52, or Article XVI, Section 59.

Enabling Laws

With the passage of the municipal bond law in 1895, cities were given the authority to issue tax-supported bonds to acquire a water supply. This financing had to be within the tax limits prescribed by the Constitution.

In 1904, Section 52 of Article III authorized the Legislature to pass laws permitting counties, districts and all other political subdivisions of the state to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed one-fourth of the total assessed value of real property for the “improvement of rivers, creeks, and streams to prevent overflows and to permit the navigation thereof or irrigation thereof….” This amendment also authorized the Legislature to permit any county, district or political subdivision to levy a tax at a rate sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on such bonds.

After the terrible floods in Texas during 1912-14, people across the state realized there was a real need to confirm the State’s duty to not only prevent floods but, also through the storage of flood waters, to conserve the water for beneficial usages. This was the genesis for the passage of Section 59 of Article XVI in 1917, which allowed water districts to operate with unlimited bonded indebtedness.

In 1925, legislation was passed which authorized the creation of Water Control and Improvement Districts — WCIDs — with the same bonded indebtedness and taxing authority.

How Water Districts are Created

To create a new water district, a developer files an application through the Office of the State Attorney General to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The application outlines the developer’s plans for providing various services such as water, sewer and drainage to areas where municipal services are not already in place. A Board of Directors is established, which is assisted by qualified professionals who provide services on a fee basis.

One of the most important features about water districts is that they are governed by a board of directors elected by the voters in the district. This board is responsible for conducting all the business of the district, including services or functions contracted to other parties.

Water districts must comply with the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Open Records Act and have an annual audit performed by an independent auditing firm. The best way to learn about the function and responsibilities of your water district is to attend a meeting.

Not all water districts are created equal. Some are established under General Law by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ); some by Commissioners Court; and others are created by the governing board of a city. Special law districts are created by an act of the State Legislature. All water districts, however, must comply with the laws contained in the Texas Water Code.

Mud Rights and Responsibilities

While the powers and responsibilities of a specific water district are determined when it is created, water districts are generally empowered to:

  1. Incur Debt: Most districts can issue bonds and other forms of debt. If that debt is to be secured by tax revenues, voters in the district must approve the plan. In most cases, bonds secured in this manner must also be approved by the TNRCC.
  2. Levy Taxes: If voters approve unlimited tax bonds, a debt service tax to pay the bonds is also approved. Each year, the water district board is obligated to levy a property tax adequate to cover the debt. This tax is levied on all property in the district based on appraised value, regardless of services received, and must comply with the Property Tax Code. The tax rate must be published each year and public hearings held if the effective tax rate increases more than three percent over the previous year. District voters may also approve a maintenance tax.
  3. Adopt Rules and Charge for Services: The district adopts rules which specify the method, terms and conditions of water supply and sewage treatment service.
  4. Expend Public Funds: Districts can spend public funds for authorized district activities.
  5. Contract for Goods and Services: For contracts more than $15,000, the district must obtain three competitive bids. For those more than $25,000, the district must advertise for competitive bids.
  6. Obtain Easements: In order to install, inspect, repair and maintain water distribution and collection lines, a district may obtain and use easements to access land owned by another person; and to
  7. Right of Eminent Domain: Purchase property for district purposes under this legal provision if deemed necessary and approved by the board.

What Do You Know About The Water You Drink?

With the summer months coming on, there are lots of good reasons to learn to use our water resources more efficiently. In Texas, our conventional fresh-water supplies are already 75 to 80 percent developed, so it is just common sense that we put water conservation and reuse measures into effect – not only to preserve and extend limited water supplies, but to save some real money, too.

Water customers have a lot to gain by using water wisely. Consider, for example, that if everyone cut back just 10 to 15 percent in personal water use, we could save billions of dollars over the next 50 years. The effort to conserve water requires us to change some wasteful habits, and it must begin now. Some steps are simple: don’t leave the water running in the sink, for example, while you put toothpaste on your toothbrush and scrub your teeth. Turn it on for rinsing only. Others, like landscaping modifications, can take more time, thought and resources to accomplish. But, everyone can participate by using water wiser in some way.

Here are some ways to save both water and money at home:

1. For an investment of $10 to $20, homeowners can install low-flow shower heads, place dams or bottles in the toilet tank, install low-flow aerators on the faucets, and repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets. This could save the average household 10,000 to 25,000 gallons each year for a family of four, and would pay for itself in less than a year! Even more savings can be realized if good outdoor water conservation is practiced for the lawn and garden.

2. When building a new home or remodeling a bathroom, install a new low-volume flush toilet that uses only 1.6 gallons per flush.

3. Test toilets for leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the toilet tank, but do not flush the toilet. Watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. It if does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.

4. Use some type of toilet tank displacement device to reduce the volume of water in the tank, but still provide enough for flushing. (Bricks are NOT recommended because they eventually crumble and could damage the working mechanisms.) Displacement devices are not recommended with new low-volume flush toilets.

5. Do not use hot water when cold water will do. Period.

6. In the kitchen…

Scrape the dishes clean instead of rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher.

Fill a pan of water — or put a stopper in the sink — for washing and rinsing pots, pans, dishes, and cooking implements rather than turning on the water faucet each time a rinse is needed.

Never run the dishwasher without a full load. This will save water, energy, detergent and money.

Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running water from the tap until it is cool enough to drink is wasteful.

Use a small pan of cold water when cleaning vegetables rather than letting the water run over them.

Use less water for cooking. Not only does it save water, but also food is more nutritious when the vitamins and minerals are not “boiled” out of them and poured down the sink with the extra water.

Always keep water conservation in mind. Avoid doing wasteful things like making a huge pot of coffee if you’re only going to drink one or two cups, or even throwing away a glass full of ice after it cooled a few swallows of water. These things may not seem like much, but they add up over time.

7. In the Laundry…

Did you know that 32 to 59 gallons of water are required for each washing machine load? Wash only full loads of clothes when using your washing machine.

Use the lowest possible water level setting on the washing machine.

Use cold water whenever possible. This saves energy, too, and conserves the hot water for other uses. This is also better for most of today’s fabrics.

8. Appliances and Plumbing…

When purchasing new appliances, check the water requirements of various models and brands. Some use less water than others.

Check water line connections and faucets for leaks. A slow drip can waste as much as 170 gallons of water EACH DAY, or 5,000 gallons a month. This will increase your water bill.

Repair leaky faucets promptly. It is easy to do, it costs very little and can make a substantial savings in your water bills.

Make sure that the line from the water meter to your house is free of leaks. To check, turn off all indoor and outdoor faucets and water-using appliances. The water meter should be read at 10 to 20 minute intervals. If it continues to run or turn, a leak probably exists and needs to be located.

Insulate all hot water pipes to reduce the delays (and wasted water) experienced while waiting for the water to heat up.

Set the thermostat on the hot water heater at a reasonable level. Extremely hot settings waste water (because it takes some extra cold water to make it usable) and energy and can even cause minor burns.

9. Outdoor Use…

Water only when needed and do not over-water. Soil can absorb only so much moisture, and the rest will simply run off. A timer can help. In the summer months, one and a half inches of water applied once a week will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.

The best time to water lawns is in the morning during the hot summer months. Otherwise, much of the water can simply evaporate between the sprinkler and the lawn.

Use a sprinkler that throws large drops of water — rather than a fine mist — to avoid evaporation. Sprinklers that send the water out on a low angle also help control evaporation.

Set automatic sprinkler systems to provide thorough, but infrequent, watering. Rain shut-off devices can prevent watering in the rain.

Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees or shrubs, or turn soaker hoses upside-down so the holes are on the bottom. This will help avoid evaporation.

Don’t water the streets, driveways or sidewalks…they will never grow a thing!

Condition the soil with mulch or compost before planting grass or flower beds so the water will sink in rather than run off.

Do not “scalp” lawns when mowing during hot weather. Taller grass holds moisture better.

Use a watering can or hand water with a hose in small areas of the lawn that need extra attention, and for small flower beds along walks and driveways. Hanging baskets can sometimes be watered more efficiently by taking them down and placing them in the path of a sprinkler instead of running water through the hose.

Don’t “sweep” walks and decks with water. Use a broom or rake instead.

Consider using water-wise plants. Learn what types of grass, shrubbery, and bedding plants do best in our community. Chose plants that have low water needs, are drought-tolerant, and are adapted to the area in which they will be planted.

Water Conservation is making the most efficient
use of our state’s precious water resources.

MAKE IT YOUR IDEA!

Oops! We’ve Sprung A Leak

Residents occasionally call the Water District with reports of leaks in their yards. Almost 90 percent of these calls result in repairs to the District’s lines and meters with no direct cost to the customer. But the other 10 percent are related to customer lines, which are leaking costly, metered water. What do you do?

Q. How do you determine if it’s your line that is leaking?
A. This is relatively easy. Each home and business in the District has a meter. The meter is usually located near the street on one side of the lot. The meters are also inside a meter box, which is typically constructed of black plastic. The cover for the meter box will lift off with just slight effort.

Inside, there are generally two meters: one for your home and one for your neighbor. As you face your home, standing on the street side of the meter box, the meter closest to your home should monitor your water service.

Wipe any soil or dirt away from the glass lens that encloses the meter register. The register is round with a large red pointer, and somewhat resembles an automobile odometer, with a small red triangle near the center of the register.

The “odometer” section accumulates the gallons used each month for your water bill. The digits on the left have a white background and the digits on the right have a black background. Only the white background digits on the left are recorded for your water bill. These digits indicate how many thousands of gallons are consumed through the meter.

The three digits with the black background indicate usage less than one thousand gallons and are not recorded. This is due to the District’s billing structure which only charges for water in one thousand gallon increments. You can check your water consumption by recording these numbers each month and subtracting the prior month’s reading from your current reading. The date that the District reads your meter is recorded on your bill if you wish to coordinate your readings with those of the District.

The large red pointer on the register indicates usage from 0 to 10 gallons. If this pointer is moving, water is flowing through the meter.

Q. What do you do if you suspect that you have a leak?

A. The small red triangle in the center of the register is a flow indicator. Any movement of this triangle indicates that water is flowing through the meter, even if the red pointer is not moving. If this is the case, you have a leak on your line.

Q. So, you have a leak on your private water line; how do you determine where the leak may be?

A. Locate the main valve for the water line entering your home. This is typically on the side of the house near an outside hose faucet. Turn this valve off and return to the meter. If movement continues, the lead is on your line between the meter and the home. If movement has stopped on the meter, the leak is inside the home.

The most common cause of leaks inside the home is a leaking toilet flush valve. A leak can exist here without any visible or audible indications. An easy method of checking for a leaking toilet is to add red or any other bright food coloring to the water in the tank. Observe the water in the bowl after approximately 30 minutes. If the bowl water has begun to change color, you have a leaking flush valve that needs to be repaired promptly.

If you discover a leak between the meter and your house, contact the District immediately. Leaks within your house are your responsibility to repair.