MUD 367 has been proactive in annually preparing for Hurricane Season by securing the district water plants and lift stations with fully equipped generators in the event of a power outage. The district’s Operator, Municipal Operations, will be working 24/7 to ensure water is not disrupted or contaminated during a possible crisis. It is still advisable to be prepared and follow local authorities recommendations during hurricane season.
- Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Prepare before hurricane season starts. Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
There are many reasons why a residential home might receive a higher than usual water bill but the main reason would be an undetected leak.
Have you downloaded the Eye on Water App? Eyeonwater.com
MUD 367 has installed “smart meters” at every residence in the district in our ongoing effort to promote water conservation. Once you download the app, you will have a clear picture of your home’s monthly water usage. You can also set up the app to notify you if there is a water leak!
Here are some common leak issues:
- Auto fills on pools are the #1 cause of leaks in our district. The valve will get stuck “on” creating a cycle of filling the pool and then reducing the water. Manual valves have been left open as well. Because you don’t see water flowing in your yard or pool, it is hard to actually identify.
- Sprinkler systems running continuously during the night. You may think your system is running each zone once whereas the system has been erroneously set up to run both A & B, meaning each zone is being watered twice during the night.
- If your sprinkler system has a broken solenoid valve, this will cause a constant leak. Test each zone manually to ensure accuracy.
- A leaking toilet can waste thousands of dollars a year! The cost of a plumber to replace a faulty fill valve or flapper is approximately $100-$125. But, why not try to repair it yourself? The replacement part for a flapper is available at Home Depot and/or Ace Hardware for under $20 with Home Depot offering DIY videos on-line.
- A leaking faucet usually can be repaired by replacing the cartridge. Did you know that Moen and Delta replace their cartridges for the life of the faucet? Once you receive the new cartridge, your licensed plumber can install with only the cost of labor.
- Over time, water softeners can malfunction causing a steady leak.
- Outside faucets and garden hoses may have been left on by a child or landscaper.
- Power washing your driveway, sidewalks and back patio create a beautiful and clean environment but remember when your bill arrives that this is a huge amount of water being used.
The main reason MUD 367 sees high water bills during the summer months is that your sprinkler system is running more than necessary. Unfortunately, far too many people think they have to water every day or every other day to have a lush lawn. This misconception wastes water and actually weakens the lawn. Horticulturists say that watering the lawn deeply and infrequently is the key to forcing grass and plants to grow deep roots so they can access water for a longer period of time and thrive through the long, hot summer. Water close to the surface evaporates long before the deeper moisture. Air is forced out of soil that is continually saturated. Since roots need air, overwatering tends to promote very shallow roots.
To figure out how long to run your sprinkler system, try the Tuna Tin Test…place a series of empty, 1-inch deep tuna cans (at least 3) throughout the area the sprinkler system covers. Turn on the water for the amount of time you think is correct. Each can should have roughly the same amount of water — about 1 inch. If the cans contain less than 1 inch of water, you need to water a little longer. If the cans have an uneven amount of water, the distribution of water needs adjustment. A soil probe (available at most hardware and garden shops) can also determine how deep the water is penetrating into the soil.
If you have spoiled your lawn and landscape areas with frequent ‘soakings’, you may need to wean the area gradually to allow the shallow roots to grow.
Here are a few other important tips to consider to get you started saving water — and money — this summer:
- Set system to complete the cycle before 4:00 a.m. This timing will avoid the peak demand for other household uses — like showers, kitchen chores and the use of laundry appliances.
- Watering in the heat of day can waste up to 65 percent of the water through evaporation.
- Mow only when necessary. Set the mower to the highest setting during warm weather. Longer grass keeps the soil cool, minimizing evaporation and conserving water.
- Leave clippings on the lawn. They supply organic matter and supply one third of your fertilizer needs.
- Add ¼ to ½ inch compost to lawn in fall or spring. It will decrease water needs and supply nutrients to the lawn.
- Most importantly, WATER ONLY WHEN YOUR LAWN NEEDS IT!
Best Trash will not be collecting trash on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day.
Trash will be collected on the next scheduled pick-up date of Thursday, June 3, 2021.
We wish you a safe Memorial Day weekend!
The NHCRWA fee on your water bill is imposed by the North Harris County Regional Water Authority to fund surface water conversion as mandated by the State of Texas. NHCRWA will increase their fee on April 1, 2020 from $4.30 per thousand gallons to $4.70 per thousand gallons. Harris County MUD 367 does not control this fee, which is a direct pass through cost, with increases expected annually. Water conservation practices are strongly encouraged.
- Your service address
- Your account number
- Dates of service for this bill
- Date bill is mailed; about 2 weeks after meter read
- Your residence’s smart water meter number
- Date your meter was read
- W- water, GLS – gallons
- Current reading as of date – #6
- Prior reading at end of last billing cycle
- Number of gallons used in 1,000’s
- W- Water
- 12 month water usage history
- Previous month’s payment info
- Cost of sewer service
- North Harris County Regional Authority, pass through mandate by State of Texas billed at $5.05 per 1,000 gallons ($5.05 x #10). See www.NHCRWA.org for additional info.
- Cost of water used, includes trash & recycling
- Total due now
- Late payment fee if received after due date
- Total due if received after due date
- MUD 367’s Operator, Municipal Operations, address
- Important messages from your MUD 367 district
- Mail payment to this address or sign up for auto pay here.
Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 367 (the “District”) has adopted a Resolution Adopting Policy and Procedures for February 2021 Freeze Event Leak Adjustment Credits (the “Resolution”) under which the District will consider permitting a credit because of loss of water due to rupture or other damage causing a leak in a customer’s water line(s) due to the winter storm and freeze event of February 2021 (the “Freeze Event”). Credit may be given for water usage and sewer usage in excess of the customer’s average usage, as determined by the District pursuant to the Resolution (the “Freeze Event Leak Adjustment Credit”). The Freeze Event Leak Adjustment Credit is limited to the billing cycle(s) containing the days included in the Freeze Event (the “Applicable Billing Cycle(s)”) and must be requested by May 1, 2021. Customers may apply for no more than one (1) Freeze Event Leak Adjustment Credit per account.
MUD 367 is excited to announce our partnership with Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controllers to offer a substantial discount on their Rachio 3 model.This controller attaches to your current sprinkler system and can determine how much water your landscape actually needs.
Don’t water in the rain! Rachio’s weather intelligence customizes your yard details using technology and science!
RACHIO 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller for 8 (or less) zones – MUD 367 resident cost: $89.99 + tax (retail: $229, a savings of $139.01)
RACHIO 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller for 16 (or less) zones – MUD 367 resident cost: $94.99 + tax (retail: $ 238.11, a savings of $143.12)
Some Restrictions Apply
MUD 367 residents are encouraged to complete the attached survey if they experienced property damage during the February 2021 freeze. Harris County will use this data to support their application for state and/or federal aid.
MUD 367 strongly recommends winterizing your sprinkler system to avoid a burst & leak after a freeze. The attached “How To” video offers step by step guidance: