Increase In Surface Water Fees
Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 110 (the “Water District”) provides water and sanitary sewer services to your home. For the past forty years the water supplied to our customers was ground water from the water wells owned and operated by the Water District. The source of water the Water District supplies to you has now changed. The primary source of water from which water is now supplied is surface (lake) water. Ground water is the secondary source.
You may be wondering why the Water District switched from ground water to surface water. The short answer is that we are required to reduce our ground water usage. The switch to surface water has been mandated by the Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (the “Subsidence District”) to minimize subsidence which contributes to flooding in our area. The Subsidence District is the regulatory authority that regulates ground water withdrawals and issues water permits for water wells, including ours. Therefore, our Water District is under the jurisdiction of the Subsidence District. Under their regulatory authority, the Subsidence District adopted a regulatory plan mandating the conversion to surface water in Harris and Galveston Counties.
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority (the “Water Authority”) is the entity that was created in northwest Harris County to establish and implement a surface water conversion plan for our area. In order to meet the Subsidence District’s surface water schedule, the Water Authority adopted a Ground Water Reduction Plan (“GRP”) which provides for conversion to surface water in phases. Our Water District, along with most of the water districts north of FM 1960 from IH-45 to Highway 249, is included in the first phase of the Water Authority’s surface water conversion plan. The Water District will continue to operate and maintain its water wells as a secondary source of water to provide to water to our customers in those instances where the Water Authority cannot meet our water demands.
The Water Authority charges the Water District $2.85 per 1,000 gallons of surface water supplied to the Water District. On your water bill the RWA surface water fee is a separate line item, and is based on the number of gallons of water you used for that month invoiced. On April 1, 2017, the RWA surface water fee will increase to $3.35 per 1,000 gallons of water used. As a result of the RWA rate increase, your water bill will increase.
If you have any questions or concerns about the water being furnished to you, please contact the Water District’s Operator, EDP at 832-467-1599. For additional information on the Subsidence District’s Regulatory Plan, please visit their website at www.hgsubsidence.org. Information concerning the Water Authority and their GRP can be obtained from their web site at www.nhcrwa.com.