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Tax Rate Public Hearing Notice
On October 18th a public hearing on the proposed 2019 tax rate will be held.

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

Free Landscape Irrigation Inspection
MUD 208 residents can request a FREE landscape irrigation system inspection

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.

WCID #145 Website
To learn about the district who maintains the drainage channels and trails within MUD 208, go to the new WCID #145 website, HCWCID145.org.

WHCRWA Rate Increase
Officials of the WHCRWA increased their rate by $0.25 per 1000 gallons of water on January 1st. The WHCRWA rate passed through to the residential customer will now be $3.15 per 1,000 gallons of usage. This usage fee, which is noted as a separate line item on your monthly water bill, is paid directly to the WHCRWA and is not part of our MUD's operational budget. Note 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 surface water project is derived from the fee on water usage. Use the link below for a further information about the WHCRWA

Click here for more information about WHCRWA and Water Billing Rates

MUD 208 Meeting Location Changed
As a result of a request from many of the MUD 208 homeowners, the monthly MUD 208 Board of Directors meeting location has been moved from downtown Houston to H2O Consulting’s offices on Highway 6, only about 3 miles from our district. The monthly Board of Directors meeting for MUD 208 will still be held on the third Friday of each month at 12:00 p.m. but the location is now at the offices of H2O Consulting located at 5870 Highway 6 North, Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77084.

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. Some of the more serious trip locations have been repaired by MUD 208. 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.

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!
October 18
Board Meeting
November 14
Conservation Meeting
November 15
Board Meeting