REGIONAL WATER FEE TO INCREASE
The NHCRWA Fee is a pass-through fee imposed by the North Harris County Regional Water Authority on all water pumped from wells within its jurisdiction. The District has no control over the NHCRWA fee, which is set by the North Harris County Regional Water Authority. The fee was first imposed in January 1, 2003 and it has been increased periodically since then. Commencing in April, 2021, your bill will show an increase in the NHCRWA Fee to $4.83 per 1,000 gallons, which includes a 5% mark-up to cover the fee on unbilled water uses in District operations. Information about the North Harris County Regional Water Authority can be found at www.nhcrwa.org.
WHAT IS THE REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY?
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority is a political subdivision of the State covering northwest Harris County outside of the City of Houston. Its purpose is to provide surface water to the area within its boundaries in order to reduce the pumping of groundwater from the local aquifer. Because of the increase in population in northwest Harris County, too much groundwater is being taken from the ground, causing the ground to sink.
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority is under a mandate to reduce the groundwater usage in its boundaries from 70% to 40% by 2025. To comply with this mandate, the North Harris County Regional Water Authority is participating in several very expensive projects to provide surface water to local MUDs, cities, and private utilities. It is paying its share of the Luce Bayou project which transfers water from the Trinity River to Lake Houston, the expansion of the Lake Houston water purification plant, and the transmission lines and pumping stations to bring the water from Lake Houston to the area within its boundaries.
To pay for these costs, the Authority’s fee has increased annually and is expected to continue to do so. If it isn’t already, it will soon be the biggest part of the water bill.
WHAT CAN RESIDENTS DO?
Residents can find out more about North Harris County Regional Water Authority at www.nhcrwa.org. The Board of Directors of the Authority holds monthly meetings, which are open to the public. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by district. Fairfield is in District 1.
Residents can learn more about water conservation. The less water the resident uses, the lower the bill. to learn more about water conservation, visit a website about ways to conserve water usage in your home. There are many on the internet these days, such as www.savewatertexas.com, that contain a lot of educational items for a homeowner.
Construction of a pre-cast concrete fence along Cypresswood Drive is scheduled to start on or about March 29, 2021. Construction will start on the north side of Cypresswood and work west, then cross over to the other side of Cypresswood and work east.
The Cypress Mill Place fence project is scheduled to be completed March 26, 2021, weather permitting.
These projects are jointly sponsored by Cypress Hill Municipal Utility District and Cypress Mill Homeowners’ Association. Resident questions and concerns about the construction of the fence may be emailed to the District through this website.
For the health and safety of our residents and crews, our priority is the putrescible residential waste. We will continue the collection of tied and bundled crepe myrtles, bags of grass and leaves not weighing more than 40 lbs., but with the temporary limitation of up to 3 bags per household at this time. With the high volume of yard waste, it is not possible for our crews to collect everything at every house and still make it to the landfill before it closes. We always strive to go above and beyond, but due to the current conditions, it is not possible at this time. Please be patient with us during this time while crews are working very hard to get caught up.
Best Trash contracts are for normal amounts of residential waste and recycling collection. Our contracts do not include debris removal as a result of a natural disaster. FEMA has declared the winter storm we just experienced a natural disaster. Therefore, the debris generated due to this disaster is not covered under the terms of the contracts. This would include debris removal from inside of the house as a result of flooding from broken pipes. Additionally, any landscaping removed as a result of the freeze and any landscape demolition debris would also be excluded. Past disasters including hurricanes and flood debris removal has been covered by FEMA. A few options to dispose of debris is mentioned below.
- Please check with Waste Management to see if you are serviced by their Bagster service areas. Please go here for more information on the Bagster.
- Please check with the Bull Bag to see if you are in an area that they service. Please click here for more information.
- Best Trash does have the ability to provide a special collection service for debris removal. For pricing, please email your address and several clear pictures of your pile to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a quote.
Cypress Hill MUD 1 residents, it is time to prepare for colder temperatures! There is a Freeze Watch in effect for Sunday night through Tuesday morning, February 14th – February 16, 2021. Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing levels overnight.
How can District residents prepare? Practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:
- Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
- Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
- Temperatures are predicted to be in the teens Monday night and Tuesday morning.
- Bring your pets indoors.
- Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.
- Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
- Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.
- Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
- Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.
Additionally, there are a few vehicle-safety tips to observe during winter weather:
- Keep your gas tank full.
- Have tire pressure checked.
- Have a phone charger, first aid kit, blankets, and jumper cables in your car.
- Check local road conditions at www.houstontranstar.org. State highway information available at www.drivetexas.org.
Lastly, Fire Departments have provided some safety tips surrounding space heaters and other supplemental heating sources during the colder days:
- Never leave a space heater unattended or a child unattended with a space heater.
- Keep all combustible materials (including yourself!) at least three (3) feet away from the heater.
- Never overload outlets or breakers.
- Do not use extension cords for the heater.
- Always turn it off if leaving the room and/or going to sleep.
Cypress Hill MUD urges you to dispose of wipes in the trash and not in the toilet.
Disposable wipes — used for changing diapers, personal hygiene, housecleaning, and more — cause major problems when flushed down toilets. Because they don’t break down the way toilet paper does, these wipes clog homeowner and MUD sewer pipes, put stress on the MUD’s wastewater collection and treatment equipment, and cause the MUD to spend thousands on premature equipment repair and replacement. Wipes snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a “ball” that will grow to plug the pipe. They also get drawn into sewer-line and wastewater treatment plant pumps and clog and damage them. The MUD must manually clear out pumps or remove clogs.
Although many brands of disposable wipes are labeled “flushable,” don’t flush them! The clogs and backups they cause may result in expensive plumbing bills for your home, or increased wastewater fees.
Cypress Hill Municipal Utility District No. 1 (the “District”) has committed funds to three additional beautification projects in the District:
Sydney Harbour Perimeter Fence Project
- The District has partnered with the Sydney Harbour Homeowners Association to repair the brick columns on the perimeter fencing along Cypress-Rosehill and Huffmeister. The Sydney Harbour HOA has signed a contract with Hardscape, Inc. to make the repairs. The District will provide 90% of the construction cost. The project is underway. The HOA maintains the fence.
Cypress Ridge Perimeter Fence Along Huffmeister
- The District has partnered with the Cypress Ridge Homeowners Association to install 520 linear feet of perimeter fencing along Huffmeister Road which is in need of replacement. The replacement fence will be a new six foot high rock style precast concrete fence. The Cypress Ridge HOA has signed a contract with Fencecrete to construct the fence. The District will provide 90% of the construction cost and construction administration. The project is ready to begin but has been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. After completion, the HOA will maintain the fence.
Cypress Mill Perimeter Fence Along Cypresswood Drive and Cypress Mill Place
- The District has partnered with Cypress Mill Homeowners Association to replace the wood fence on Cypresswood Drive and Cypress Mill Place Boulevard with a uniform “rock style” fence made out of pre-cast concrete and averaging approximately seven feet high. The District will provide 90% of the cost of the project and the HOA will pay 10% and take over maintenance once the project is complete. the District’s landscape architect is proceeding with design.
This project will require obtaining signed and notarized agreements from all affected property owners. The District is preparing these agreements and the HOA has agreed to lead an effort to get them back from homeowners. A timeline for this project has not been established but will depend, in large part, on how quickly the homeowner agreements can be obtained.
The District’s main responsibility is providing water, sewer and drainage facilities to the land within its boundaries; however, it has the power to provide parks, landscaping, parkways, greenbelts, sidewalks, trails, public right-of-way beautification projects and recreational equipment to residents, subject to numerous legal constraints. Previously it provided funding for beautification projects along Cypress-Rosehill, Skinner and Fenske Roads and behind the commercial area in Cypress Mill.