HCWCID # 156
Harris County Water Control and Improvement
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HCWCID # 156
HCWCID # 156 (referred to as DISTRICT) , a sub-district of CLCWA, operates in accordance with Texas Revised Civil Statutes, Title 22, Article 717r. The DISTRICT's formation and its responsibilities are established under an Exclusion Contract with CLCWA. DISTRICT owns the water, sewage and drainage infrastructure contained within its boundaries. (see DISTRICT Map). Infrastructure for these services was purchased from Friendswood Development in 2001-2002 with funds obtained in two bond issues. DISTRICT provides water and waste water treatment services for the 369 residences, nine public areas maintained by Community Association and three undeveloped properties; these services are purchased from CLCWA at rates that are 1.5 times the rates charged to CLCWA's retail customers. CLCWA also handles billing and payment processing and maintains the DISTRICT's facilities on a reimbursable cost basis.
DISTRICT Policies and Management
As a sub-district, our policies are in close alignment with those of CLCWA. Additional information on water quality and conservation is discussed below. DISTRICT is managed by a 5 person board of directors. DISTRICT purchases water, waste treatment and billing services from CLCWA, has no employees, and relies on contractors and consultants to professionally handle the other operational requirements of the DISTRICT. Click here to see:
Board meetings are nominally held the second Wednesday of February, April, July, September and November and are open to the public A public hearing to set the Tax Rate for the following year is generally held in October. Regular board meetings are held at the offices of Fulbright and Jaworski, and the public hearing is held in the Clear Lake area. Special board meetings are held when there is time critical business to address. Click here for the date/time, location and agenda for the next meeting of the board. Minutes of these meetings are maintained, like all records of DISTRICT's operations, at the law offices of:
Fulbright and Jaworski, L.L.P.
1301 McKinney, Ste 5100
Houston, Texas 77010-3095
Helen Hau email@example.com
For more general information about the formation and operation of water districts, refer to:
Texas Water Districts a General Guide.
The most significant operation, in addition to water/sewer/drainage services, is assessment and collection of taxes for amortization of the DISTRICT's debt and to cover administrative costs. Click here to view current and historical tax schedules. Our Tax Assessor Collector is:
Bob Leared R.T.A
11111 Katy Fwy, Ste 725
Houston, TX 77079-2175.
Elections for members of the Board of Directors are held in May of even numbered years. The current election cycle is for three members in 2012 and two members in 2014. Directors are elected for four-year terms. Election details, once they are established, will be posted at designated public sites, here and in the Houston Chronicle.
Current Directors are:
* Directors with an asterisk following their name are up for election in 2016.
Water Quality And Conservation
Water distributed to DISTRICT residences is supplied from CLCWA's water distribution network. It is routinely tested both within DISTRICT and at other locations in CLCWA's network. During the past year, all measurements of contaminants in the water supply were found to be below the maximum allowable levels established by the EPA. Complete test results for the previous calendar year are presented in the Consumer Confidence Report, along with general information and recommendations for water conservation. This report is mailed to homes in June of the year following testing. A copy of this report may be viewed here.
During the past two years the Gulf Coast Region, along with the rest of Texas has experienced extended periods of little or no rainfall. In addition to lowering the water levels in reservoirs, drought conditions cause the ground to shift, leading to ruptures in water distribution lines. These factors led to the he City of Houston implement their drought contingency plan.
CLCWA's Drought Contingency plan and staging are substantially the same as the City of Houston's. DISTRICT's Plan and staging are identical to CLCWA's. Even during non-drought conditions, we encourage our residents to consider water conservation measures in their daily routines. See DISTRICT's Drought Contingency Plan for detailed information about the plan. See CLCWA's home page for current water use restrictions.
In addition to stewardship of water and sanitary waste services, DISTRICT is responsible for ensuring that Storm Water drainage will be at peak efficiency during storms. To assist DISTRICT, residents are requested to do their part by not dumping landscaping debris or household materials into the storm sewer catch basins. Used oil may be recycled at CLCWA's facility at 17507 El Camino Real. See the CCR referenced above for further information. All Harris County residents may dispose of their hazardous waste at the Westpark Consumer Recycle Center. Click here for additional information and lists of acceptable and not-acceptable waste.
Water and Sewer Rate Schedules
Effective with the December 2011 water meter readings, CLCWA increased its water and sewer rates to all of its customers, including DISTRICT. As a result, DISTRICT's board elected to revise the Water and Sewer Rate Schedule for our customers to recover a major portion of the increased cost of services. Click here for the current Water and Sewer Service rates.
DISTRICT customers may pay their bi-monthly bills with an Automatic Bank Draft. To enroll in this program, download an application and mail it to CLCWA.
Utility Usage History
Per the mandate of House Bill 3693, all political subdivisions that are responsible for paying electric, water or natural gas utility services must:
1. Record in an electronic repository the political subdivision's metered amount of electricity, water or natural gas consumed; and the aggregate costs for those utility services.
2. Report the same information on a publicly accessible internet web site with an interface designed for ease of navigation. DISTRICT's only operating system is a sanitary waste lift station located in the Pine Brook subdivision. The Electrical Usage History for that unit covering the previous two budget years, satisfies the requirements of House Bill 3693
City of Houston Storm Drainage Fee: Applies ONLY to WCID 156 Houston BAY OAKS RESIDENTS
DISTRICT'S infrastructure includes Storm Drainage. For Bay Oaks residents, street drainage is routed via underground storm sewer pipe and joins underground sewer pipe which provides storm drainage to the rest of Bay Oaks. Because, we are providing infrastructure for the tie-in with CLCWA, we have taken the position that our Houston customer should not be subject to the City of Houston storm drainage fee.
DISTRICT's infrastructure includes Storm Drainage. For residences in the Pine Brook Area, street drainage is routed via underground storm sewer pipe to the drainage ditch on the northeast side of Middlebrook Drive; this drainage ditch empties into Brookwood pond and then joins other surface drainage to the Galveston Bay via Mudd Lake and Clear Lake. For Bay Oaks residents, street drainage is routed via underground storm sewer pipe and joins underground sewer pipe which provides storm drainage to the rest of Bay Oaks. Because, we are providing infrastructure for the tie-in with CLCWA, we have taken the position that our Houston customers should not be subject to the new City of Houston storm drainage fee. CLCWA has secured relief from these fees for their customers.We are actively pursuing a remedy for residents in our districts. When there are changes in status in our negotiations with the city to remedy this unjust fee, they will be posted here.
For residences in the Pine Brook Area which is located in the City of Pasadena, street drainage is routed via underground storm sewer pipe to the drainage ditch on the northeast side of Middlebrook Drive; this drainage ditch empties into Brookwood pond and then joins other surface drainage to Galveston Bay via Mudd Lake and Clear Lake.