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Regional Water Fee To Increase

On April 1, 2021, the North Harris County Regional Water Authority will increase the fee it charges on groundwater pumped within its boundaries from $4.25 per 1,000 gallons to $4.60 per 1,000 gallons.

This increase will affect all water customers in Fairfield. The North Harris County Regional Water Authority fee is a separate line item on customer bills which the Fairfield MUDs collect and pass through to the North Harris County Regional Water Authority. The Fairfield MUDs have no control over this fee and do not charge any sort of mark up on it.

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.

Recent Developments

Good Afternoon Harris County MUDs 354, 396, 397, and 322

During this challenging time, our top priority remains the health and safety of our employees and communities we serve. Given the pace and magnitude of the changes we are experiencing as a business and as a society, we understand it is important for Waste Management (WM) to keep you informed of the status of the essential services we provide.  Included below is our operational update for today, as changes occur WM will keep you informed.

WM’s Operational Update:

Waste Management Encourages Continued Recycling
Recyclable Materials Needed for Manufacturing Supply
Chain to Produce Packaging for Grocery and
Medical Supplies

Facial tissues, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes have been flying off store shelves, while families are spending more hours at home to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Waste Management (WM) is calling on everyone to Recycle Right during this time when recyclables are needed more than ever. Recycling is vitally important to our environment, and it has come to play a critical role in certain manufacturing supply chains. Without recyclable materials collected from homes and businesses, our customers, who produce products such as tissue, toweling and packaging boxes for grocery and medical supplies, would not have the raw materials that they need to manufacture these important items.Recycling is an essential service for manufacturing companies delivering these key products.

Most recyclers don’t think about the importance of placing their clean recyclable materials in their bins, but now it is more important than ever, as recyclable products are playing a critical role for manufacturing businesses.   Across Texas, people are generating more household garbage and recyclable materials than usual, and manufacturers are in need of more clean recyclable materials to meet their demands for making basic goods and emergency supplies. We can all do our part by recycling right during these challenging times.

To learn more information about Waste Management Recycle Right tips, please visit https://wm.com/us/en/inside-wm/recycle-right

RECYCLE ONLY CLEAN, DRY AND LOOSE:

  • Cardboard (without inside packing materials)
  • Paper products including newspapers, junk mail, office/school paper
  • Paperboard, such as cereal and cracker boxes
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Steel, tin and aluminum cans

THROW AWAY:

  • Plastic, latex and cloth disposable gloves, disposable masks
  • Liquid soap and hand sanitizer bottles that contain residue
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Facial tissues, napkins and paper towels
  • Disposable plates, cups and cutlery
  • Takeout containers
  • Leftover food and liquids
  • Plastic bags and plastic film wrap
  • Hoses, cords, polystyrene foam and other packaging

In addition, several leading industry organizations have weighed in calling for increased recycling to meet the needed demand during this time, including:

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