There are many resources available to help with water conservation. The links below provide quick access to information that will enhance your water conservation efforts at home and in the community.
Water Quality Reports
Fort Bend MUD 23 sends a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to all water customers in July of each year for the previous reporting year. The following annual reports are available for viewing. Further questions regarding these reports, or water quality, in general should be directed to Municipal District Services at (281) 290-6507.
Explanation of Groundwater Reduction Plan Fee
Under a 1989 mandate by the Texas Legislature, the entire Houston/Galveston area is required to develop a plan for reducing our dependence on groundwater. Here in Fort Bend MUD 23 (MUD 23) groundwater is pumped to your homes from the Chicot and Evangeline Aquifers which are located hundreds of feet below our neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods in the Houston area already receive surface water, for example pumped out of Lake Houston, treated and piped to their homes, but residents of MUD 23 have always received groundwater. The overuse of groundwater in the Houston area has resulted in negative impacts including land subsidence and declining water levels in the Chicot and Evangeline Aquifiers. This link in Wikipedia does a good job of explaining Groundwater related Subsidence.
The Legislature created the Fort Bend Subsidence District (FBSD), whose purpose is to provide for the regulation of the withdrawal of groundwater within Fort Bend County to alleviate these negative impacts. Here is a link to both the Harris County and Fort Bend County Subsidence Districts: Subsidence.
MUD 23 elected to join the Missouri City Groundwater Reduction Plan (MCGRP). Other participating communities include Sienna Plantation, Riverstone, Quail Valley, Lake Shore Harbour, Vicksburg and Lake Olympia. All MUDs in the Houston area are joining with another entity as most, like us, are too small to “go it alone”. Again, everyone is under the same mandate so MUDs and Cities are joining forces to make it more economical for everyone. Additionally, significant penalties could be assessed for failure to comply with the legislative mandate to reduce groundwater usage and convert some consumers to surface water and thus halt the effects of the subsidence.
The money collected and remitted monthly to the Missouri City GRP has been used to construct and maintain a surface water treatment plant within the Missouri City GRP. This plant processes Brazos River water. AT THIS TIME, MUD 23 IS NOT PART OF THE CONVERSION. We are required to participate monetarily to pay for the plan but we will NOT be receiving the Brazos River water into our homes. We will continue to utilize groundwater from our current sources but to reduce the overall subsidence by reducing groundwater pumpage in the area, we are mandated to participate in a plan and pay our fair share.
Subsidence affects many areas, and not just Fort Bend County. Harris and Galveston Counties have similar surface water conversion requirements. MUDs in those counties participate in regional GRPs put in place by entities like the North Harris County Regional Water Authority, West Harris County Regional Water Authority, North Fort Bend Water Authority, and Central Harris County Regional Water Authority.