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.
See the document below and visit the CDC and EPA websites for more information pertaining to your drinking water and COVID-19.
Cypress Hill MUD No. 1 customers can expect to see an increase in their water bills soon due to an increase in the fee imposed by the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (the “Regional Authority”). The fee will increase April 1, 2020 from $3.85 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.25 per 1,000 gallons of water.
Cypress Hill MUD No. 1 is mandated by state law to participate in the Regional Authority, which was established to bring surface water to North Harris County. All municipal utility districts within its boundaries must pay the Regional Authority a fee on each 1,000 gallons of water pumped from wells or purchased from the Regional Authority. Cypress Hill MUD No. 1 passes the fee through to its customers with a 5% mark-up so it can pay the fee on water used in district operations and not billed to customers.
The fees charged by Cypress Hill MUD No. 1 for operation of its water and sewer system have not changed in more than five years; however, customers will see an increase in their bills because of the Regional Authority fee. This fee is expected to continue increasing annually because of the cost of converting to surface water. For more information on the project, see www.NHCRWA.com.
You can control the increase in your water bill by using less water. Please go to the Water tab to get water conservation pointers.
The Cypress Hill MUD Board is proposing to set a 2019 tax rate of $0.72 per $100 assessed valuation, a reduction of 3 cents from the 2018 tax rate of $0.75. The Board continues to reduce its tax rate as its finances permit, going from a tax rate of $1.25 in 2006 to a proposed tax rate of $0.72 in 2019.
Because appraised values in the District have increased over 2018 values, taxpayers can expect a tax bill from the District in approximately the same amount as last year.
The District cautions that other political subdivisions (like Harris County) plan to increase their tax rate so taxpayers may see an overall increase in their tax bills. Taxes are due on January 31, 2020.
The District welcomes comments on the proposed tax rate at its next meeting to be held on October 18, 2019 at 11 a.m., at the Sydney Harbour Clubhouse. Written comments may be sent through the contact form on the website. The tax rate will be finalized after the public comment period on October 18.