Water Conservation Program

The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District has been working with many entities, like Cypress Creek Utility District, to promote water conservation and the efficient use of our water resources. Over the past year, the District has added additional resources to our Water Conservation Program focusing specifically on outdoor water use and landscape irrigation. Outdoor water use can account for nearly 40% of the annual household water use. The additional resources tools provided by this program include free online guidance to homeowners on efficient outdoor water use based on real-time climate data. You can access the information by going to smarteraboutwater.org/resources.

Information on the website will be updated from time to time, so if you would like to be notified of new or updated information please go to smarteraboutwater.org/resources to register for updates. Additionally, we welcome comments on this resource and look forward to hearing from you regarding this new tool provided by the District’s Water Conservation Program.

Cypress Creek Utility District CPI Increase

For the past two years, the sewer and garbage portion of the water billing has been a flat rate of $46.27 per month. This also includes recycling pickup, once per week.

The garbage contract has a Consumer Price Index adjustment, which includes an average calculation increase or decrease of the CPI during the past 12 month period. The accumulative increases for the past two years has now reached $.78 total. Therefore, effective with this water bill, the base rate for sewer charges, including garbage collection, has increased $.78 from $46.27 to $47.05.

We continue to hear of exceptionally good services provided by Waste Management’s garbage crews.

Boards of Directors

Cypress Creek Utility

Rate Increase

Effective April 1st, the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) will be raising the rates that it charges the Cypress Creek Utility District (the District). Accordingly, the District is passing through this rate increase, and therefore the NHCRWA charge on your water bill will increase from $2.64 to $3.19 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed on your water bill. Currently, the average monthly residential NHCRWA bill is about $18.43 and with the new rate structure, it will be about $22.27, a $3.84 increase.

MUDs Explained

What is a MUD?

A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas authorized by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to provide water, sewage, drainage and other services within the MUD boundaries.

How is a MUD created?

A majority of property owners in the proposed district petitions the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to create a MUD. The TCEQ evaluates the petition, holds a public hearing, and grants or denies the petition. After approval, the TCEQ appoints five temporary members to the MUD’s Board of Directors, until an election is called to elect permanent Board members, to confirm the MUD’s creation, and to authorize bonds and taxing authority for bond repayment.

How does a MUD work?

The publically elected Board of Directors manages and controls all of the affairs of the MUD subject to the continuing supervision of the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality. The Board establishes policies in the interest of its residents and utility customers. A MUD may adopt and enforce all necessary charges, fees and taxes in order to provide district facilities and service.