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WHCRWA Rate Increase
Officials of the WHCRWA will increase their rates on January 1, 2020. This fee is passed through to all MUD 208 customers. The WHCRWA rate passed through to residential customers will be $3.45 per 1,000 gallons of usage and is specifically itemized in your monthly water bill. This rate increase will show up for your February water usage (~March 1st bill). The money collected is paid to the WHCRWA and is not part of our MUD's operational budget. Please remember that the WHCRWA is not part of the Harris County government and gets none of its funds from Harris County property tax, nor does it have any taxing authority. All of its funding for the entire project is derived from the fee on water usage.

What is the WHRWCA?

2019 Tax Rate Set
The Board of Directors of Harris County MUD 208 (the district) voted to decrease the 2019 MUD Property Tax Rate to $0.405 per $100 valuation. The total tax rate consists of $0.085 per $100 valuation to pay the District’s debt service and $0.32 per $100 valuation to fund maintenance and operation expenditures for the next year. Please keep in mind this rate is for the district only. Other entities, including the county, school district, hospital district, etc., set their own rates.

The Board of Directors also authorized Bob Leared Interests, the tax assessor-collector for the district, to mail duplicate tax statements in January 2020. These statements will be mailed to homeowners whose original tax statement was requested by and mailed to a mortgage company AND remains unpaid at the time of the January mailing. If you receive a DUPLICATE TAX STATEMENT, this is your reminder to contact your mortgage company to ensure their timely payment of your MUD taxes by January 31, 2020. If you receive a statement, but escrow your taxes, it is your responsibility to forward the tax statement on to your mortgage company.

You can view, pay, and print receipts for your MUD tax account online at www.bli-tax.com or through the Bob Leared Interests link on our website, www.harriscountymud208.com. There is an additional processing fee when making online payments. In addition to paying through the website, you can pay the district taxes by phone, by calling OPAY Customer Service at (800) 487-4567 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm CST. You must tell the representative you need to pay your TEXAS taxes. You will need your account number which begins with “229”. There is an additional processing fee when making payments by phone.

If you have not received your 2019 Harris County MUD 208 tax statement by the end of November, and you are unable to locate your account online at www.bli-tax.com, please contact the tax assessor-collector at 713-932-9011 to discuss your tax account.

BOB LEARED IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH DOXO.COM

Fall Back and Turn Off
As temperatures begin to drop and we enjoy fall, remember to adjust those sprinkler systems and your watering schedule. We recommend turning OFF your sprinkler system and winterizing those pipes when you turn your clocks back from daylight savings time.

We do not need to water during the fall and winter seasons as much as we do in the summer season. Watering too often in the fall and winter can result in soggy conditions that discourage deep root development and promote disease.
  1. Always use faucet covers. These are currently in stock at most local hardware stores. You can also use rags, trash bags or foam insulation around outdoor water faucets and pipes. Make sure to insulate the entire faucet and pipe from the faucet all the way to the ground.
  2. Bring water hoses indoors.
  3. Familiarize yourself on where your master shut off valve is and consider draining your pipes and turning it off if you’re leaving town for an extended period of time.
  4. Drain sprinkler systems and protect valves from freezing.

Easements
All residential homes in MUD 208 have utility easements. Please click Read More below to find more information about easements.

Sewer Rate Increase
The Board of Directors voted to increase the monthly sewer rate to $14. This rate will be seen on your March water and sewer bill. The previous rate was $12. This increase is the result of two things. First, the Board of Directors of CJOB, the governing entity of the sewerage treatment plant, just voted to increase their sewer rates by $1.00 per household connection. Secondly, in preparing this coming year’s annual budget for MUD 208, a review of the actual cost for our sewerage collection and treatment exceeded the revenue received for sewerage operations. Previously, the shortfall had been made up from the maintenance tax charged to the homeowners. In the Board’s effort to reduce our district’s taxes, we are looking closely at our operating costs and associated rates to insure the rates charged will offset the operating costs. As we all know, costs for various services have been on the rise yearly, yet this is the first sewer rate increase in MUD 208 since 2012, that is 7 years. It should also be noted that the Copperfield area has one of the lowest sewer rates in the Houston area.

Flushable Wipes Can Clog Your Sewer Line
Just as disposable diapers are now considered a necessity for babies, disposable wipes (also known as "wet" wipes, baby wipes, or even adult wipes) have become a staple in every household. Besides being marketed to new parents, special use wipes are being marketed to women to help them feel "fresh" or to everyone in general "to feel confidently clean".

We're hooked on the convenience of these pre-moistened squares that are boldly labeled "flushable". But here's the problem. A lot of them end up down the toilet, and though they may be flushable, no matter what the package states, they are not truly safe for the sewer line. The cloth like products do not disintegrate the way toilet paper does. This is where it starts to cost local utilities AND YOU money.

Consumer Reports notes that companies currently advertise their wipes with terms like "safe for sewers and septic", or promise that the product will "break up like toilet paper". But this is simply not the case, "Flushable wipes are a consumer's dream come true but every plumber's nightmare," Did you know it only takes a few of those wipes to get hung up in your sewer line before you to have to call the roto rooter man and pay hundreds of dollars to have your pipes snaked.

The question comes down to how quickly a "flushable" product breaks down in water. In 2009, Consumer Reports tested many of the leading brands of toilet paper and "flushable" wipes and concluded that all of the wipes completely failed the disintegration test, while even the strongest, thickest toilet papers squeaked by with a low passing grade. Flushable? Yes. Dissolvable? Not really, at least not enough to prevent significant clogs in many sewage pipes. So, it's pretty simple, just keep inappropriate items out of the sewer system, which not only can save you hundreds of dollars, but as they move thru the main sewer lines it could save your utility district thousands of dollars

For the sake of your plumbing, either dispose of wipes in the trash can or stop using them to avoid a messy and potentially expensive disaster. Remember keep those wipes out of the pipes, don't believe the hype! Flush only the 3 P's Pee, Poo and Paper (Toilet).

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!
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Conservation Meeting
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