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Complementary Landscape Irrigation Audit
Have your irrigation system inspected by a Licensed Texas Irrigator FREE OF CHARGE

Sidewalks in MUD 208
You may have noticed that some sidewalks in our district have been painted yellow for safety to highlight possible trip hazards due to uneven sidewalk panels. These various locations are under review with some of the more serious locations being considered for repairs by MUD 208. Some repairs have already started. It should be noted that MUD 208 is not responsible for sidewalk repairs and maintenance but the MUD board of directors decided to undertake this project to improve and make our community a safer place to walk.

Water: What You Pay For
Have you wondered what services your water bill covers. The Alliance for Water Efficiency video provides some answers.




Why Being On The Top Ten List Isn't Always Good
If you receive a letter from Harris County MUD 208 and you are told you are one of the top 10 residential water users, it is not a good thing. It means your household is using well above the "normal" average household usage of water in our area. Just remember the average household's “leaks” can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. There are several things you can do to make certain you do not receive this letter.

1. Check your sprinkler system to see if it needs to be repaired. Please physically check your sprinklers and make certain all heads are in working order and not watering the neighbor’s yard or the street.

2. Place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes with-out flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.

3. Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads. In most cases, fixtures replacement parts don't require a major investment.

4. Don't leave water running while you brush your teeth or shave.

5. Don't use water to do what can be done with a broom. Cleaning the driveway and sidewalk with a broom rather than a hose does the same thing, and usually takes less time.

6. Keeping your yard green does not require that sprinkler to run for hours on end or daily for that matter. You just need 1" a week for a healthy lawn. Irrigate your lawn deeply and infrequently. Turn off the system if we have had 1" of rain that week

7. Wash only full loads of clothes.

8. Install rain barrels or harvest rainwater for outdoor irrigation.

9. Run your dishwasher with full loads only.

10. Take shorter showers.

Basically, you don't want to be on this list. Yes everyone for years has thought that water was always going to flow out of the faucet with just a simple twist of your hand. Luckily we are not living in California and yes we have had a wonderful, wet winter but we still need to always be mindful of our natural resources. We are just now experiencing a recovery from some of the worst droughts in Texas.

Remember the only thing that goes down the street drain is storm water!
Not the water from your home or your left over paint or even leaves and grass. This can cause a major back up when we do have those heavy rains. When this happens, that is pollution. This includes car oil, pesticides, fertilizers, animal droppings, trash, food wastes, automotive by-products and other toxic substances. Local ordinances prohibit anything other than uncontaminated rainwater from entering the storm drain system..

The street drain is different than the sanitary sewer system that collects household wastewater from toilets, showers and sinks. The wastewater is sent to a facility where it is first treated before discharging to a stream or bayou. In contrast, storm water is not usually treated and may carry contaminants directly into our waterways. Remember, our storm water enters the storm drains and flows untreated into our channels, bayous and rivers before it goes to Galveston Bay. Even though yard trimmings and soil are natural debris, when put in the storm drain they flow to our bayous, rivers and Galveston Bay where they can ruin the natural balance of the ocean and harm the fish. Look around your curbs, if you notice that they are full of leaves, mud and debris use that shovel and clean them out. This can only help when we have those heavy rains that can back up and flood the street. Also, please make certain you or your landscape crews do not blow debris into the storm sewer inlets but rather they pick it up to dispose of properly. This happens a lot and it really needs to stop!

If you see someone dumping into a storm drain, call Harris County Pollution Control Services Department at 713-920-2831. They monitor violations and the penalty is based on how flagrant the offense. The violation and fines can run anywhere from $25-$25,000 per day for a civil offense and jail time if it's criminal. Be a responsible neighbor, and clean that gutter in front of your street! Be proactive!

IGNORE THE HYPE: DON’T FLUSH A WIPE
Operational problems have been experienced at the Copperfield sewer plant from extraneous debris such as wipes, grease, oil and fats being discharged by property owners into the sewer mains which will increase maintenance and repair costs.

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Harris County MUD 208 partners with Home Water Works strengthening its Water Conservation Strategy
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