H2O Consulting deserves a big Thank You from all of MUD 208 residents for their preparations and hard work before and during the recent freeze event to keep the water system up and running the entire time.
Winterization preparations, which includes wrapping valves, insulating controls, and installing space heaters, were completed by the end of October. Before the storm hit, they reviewed critical items, such as making certain they had adequate fuel and inspecting all power supply lines to insure they are free and clear of any tree limbs that might come crashing down. H2O Consulting employees had to check all the utility trucks to make sure they were road-ready, including full gas tanks and equipped with necessary tools like heat torches and bolt cutters. They also made certain the generators and natural gas engines were working properly. Spare parts for piping repairs were purchased and nonessential plumbing at facilities were isolated and drained. The day before the freeze hit, they made final adjustments to critical valves and controls. If you were signed up to receive alerts, you would have received one at this time to remind you to prepare your own home for this event. Along with having several meetings to discuss coverage at multiple facilities and communication plans, these guys worked endlessly to ensure that residents of MUD 208 had water safe to drink throughout the event. All the while, H2O employees had to deal with the same type of situations that we were experiencing in our own homes.
Noticed the mention of an alert being sent out? If you have not signed up for the alert system, now is as good a time as any to do so. All you need to do is click on the link on the right side of this webpage or text MUD208 to 474747. If we need to communicate with you at any time during any extreme weather event, you will have reliable, accurate, and up to date information directly from your district.
You can also enroll for e-mail alerts by visiting H2O Consulting’s website at https://h2oconsulting.net/alerts. Note that there are separate sign-ups for e-mail alerts and text alerts. Be sure to indicate MUD 208 as your district.
Your contact information will not be used for any purpose other than to communicate with you regarding your district’s news and information.
All MUD 208 customers have smart meters and are able to access their water usage data online. Once registered for an online account, customers can view usage and receive leak alerts. With this feature, if water is flowing continuously for 24 hours at a customer specified rate, say 10 gallons per hour, the customer is notified by a text and/or email that their household has a leak. Once a 24-hour period goes by with water flow less than the specified value, an alert is sent that the leak has stopped. After an online account is set up, a smart phone app will be available to access data from your phone. Here are sign-up instructions:
Copperfield Joint Operations Board (CJOB) officials, the board that manages the sewerage treatment plant, increased their residential sewer rate by $1.00. This increase will be passed on to our residential customers. The new monthly sewer rate will be increased from $14.00 to $15.00.
Officials of the WHCRWA will increase their rates on January 1st. This fee is passed through to all MUD 208 customers. The WHCRWA rate passed through to residential customers will be $3.75 per 1,000 gallons of usage and is specifically itemized in your monthly water bill. This rate increase will show up for your February water usage (~March 1st bill). The money collected is paid to the WHCRWA and is not part of our MUD’s operational budget. Please remember that the WHCRWA is not part of the Harris County government and gets none of its funds from Harris County property tax, nor does it have any taxing authority. All of its funding for the entire project is derived from the fee on water usage.
The Board of Directors of Harris County MUD 208 (the district) voted to decrease the 2020 MUD Property Tax Rate to $0.40 per $100 valuation. The total tax rate consists of $0.085 per $100 valuation to pay the District’s debt service and $0.315 per $100 valuation to fund maintenance and operation expenditures for the next year. Please keep in mind this rate is for the district only. Other entities, including the county, school district, hospital district, etc., set their own rates.
The Board of Directors also authorized Bob Leared Interests, the tax assessor-collector for the district, to mail duplicate tax statements in January 2021. These statements will be mailed to homeowners whose original tax statement was requested by and mailed to a mortgage company AND remains unpaid at the time of the January mailing. If you receive a DUPLICATE TAX STATEMENT, this is your reminder to contact your mortgage company to ensure their timely payment of your MUD taxes by January 31, 2021. If you receive a statement, but escrow your taxes, it is your responsibility to forward the tax statement on to your mortgage company.
You can view, pay, and print receipts for your MUD tax account online at www.bli-tax.com or through the Bob Leared Interests link on our website, www.harriscountymud208.com There is an additional processing fee when making online payments. In addition to paying through the website, you can pay the district taxes by phone, by calling OPAY Customer Service at (800)487-4567 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm CST. You must tell the representative you need to pay your TEXAS taxes. You will need your account number which begins with “229”. There is an additional processing fee when making payments by phone.
If you have not received your 2020 Harris County MUD 208 tax statement by the end of November, and you are unable to locate your account online at www.bli-tax.com, please contact the tax assessor-collector at 713-932-9011 to discuss your tax account.
Please DO NOT flush non-toilet paper items. Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets can clog sewers and cause backups/overflows into homes, onto streets, down storm drains, wastewater treatment facilities and ultimately into local waterways. Thus creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.