Drip, Drip, Drip…Let’s Talk Leaks!
Guess what! National Fix A Leak Week is March 14-20th and we want to be sure you have the best resources to keep you informed of the little problems caused by water leaks. Awareness of what to look for and knowledge of how to fix any leak issues can go a long way in prevention and saving money. Leaks can run, but they can’t hide!
Did you know that simple faucet leaks amount to approximately 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year? That’s huge! And so easily preventable! Not to mention, leaks are costly. Taking time each year to perform a preventative check, can help keep your check book in order.
When you are on the hunt for possible leaks, it is important to start with the data… Begin with your water bill, check your meter, and test your toilets. These will give you some clue as to the prevalence of a water leak in your home.
The EPA recommends the following checklist for tracking down a leak! Here are some of the best-known hiding places to start. Keep your ears open!
- Under the sink
- Don’t forget the tub!
- Check all of your hook-ups!
- Look for pooling in the washer itself (it could indicate a source leak)
- Check all appliances, such as the dishwasher and fridge. Many times, there are leaks behind them.
Basement and Garage
- Exposed pipes
- Water Heaters
- Irrigation controls and sprinkler heads
Well, that all depends on your plumbing skills. Whether you choose to call in a professional or venture down the DIY path, below are a few steps everyone should take… just in case.
- Turn off the water line to the leaking location.
- Identify the primary source of the leak.
- Document any and all damage (date, time, photos, description, etc.).
- If necessary, call your insurance company.
- Call in the professionals or DIY to fix any damage caused by the leak.
- Look for any secondary impacts caused by the leak, such as mold or mildew.
It’s important that everyone learn the ins and outs of their plumbing system to avoid costly repairs or surprise damages. Not only does it help protect your home and family, but you also help reduce any wasteful impacts to our water sources.
Enjoy Fix a Leak Week! Best of luck to all you DIY’ers!
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For the MUD Tax, there are a few payment options.
ASW does accept payments via the post with either personal check, cashier’s check, and money order. A homeowner may also visit us at one of our offices, as we accept cash payments onsite as well.
For electronic payments, homeowners can visit our website www.aswtax.com or call 888-477-0870 to make payments with a credit card or electronic check. Please keep in mind that these payments are accepted through a third-party, therefore there is a 2.99% fee.
One option is also for an electronic payment via bill payment through a homeowner’s personal bank. He/She would have to contact or setup through bank’s website directly and set up Cypress Hill MUD as a payee. Once setup, the bank may send the payment(s) on the homeowner’s behalf.
Due to the safety of employees, residents and closure of landfills, Best Trash has made the decision to suspend services for Monday, 2/15/2021 and Tuesday, 2/16/2021. We are hopeful to be able to resume normal service on Wednesday, 2/17/2021. Please share this information with others in your neighborhood. For additional trash updates check back here or visit Best Trash online at www.best-trash.com
See the document below and visit the CDC and EPA websites for more information pertaining to your drinking water and COVID-19.
Cypress Hill Municipal Utility District residents may have learned that there was a main line break that is affecting the City of Houston. A boil water notice has been suggested for residents of the City of Houston only.
This news post is to let Cypress Hill MUD residents know this suggested boil water notice and main line break will not affect the District. The District does not receive any service or water from the City of Houston, and the system is working as designed and without issue.
Again, the District will not be affected in any way by the situation in the City of Houston.
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.
Wishing You A Happy Thanksgiving
Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule
Thursday, November 28, 2019, Thanksgiving will be a holiday observed by Best Trash. Trash services that are normally on Thursday will resume collection on Monday, December 2, 2019. Please take a look at the Best Trash Holiday Schedule for more information.
Please always remember to have your trash and/or recycle out by 7am on your service day.
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.