The Board of Director's November monthly meeting will be held
at the new Westlake Volunteer Fire Department located at:
19636 Saums Rd., Houston, Texas 77084
Please refer to the Meetings Page for the Agenda & more information
Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 238 (District) is a municipal utility district created by an order of the Texas Water Commission, a predecessor to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), dated December 2, 1982, under Article XVI, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution, and operates under the provisions of Chapter 49 and Chapter 54 of the Texas Water Code, as amended, and other general statutes of Texas applicable to municipal utility districts. The District, which lies wholly within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston, is subject to the continuing supervisory jurisdiction of the TCEQ. The District is empowered, among other things, to finance, purchase, construct, operate and maintain all works, improvements, facilities and plants necessary for the supply and distribution of water; the collection, transportation and treatment ofwastewater; and the control and diversion of storm water. The District may issue bonds and other forms of indebtedness to purchase or construct such facilities. Approximately 495.61 acres within the District have been developed as the single-family subdivisions of Oak Ridge Place (438 lots), Lake Ridge (773 lots), Barker�s Ridge (764 lots) and Barker�s Crossing (459 lots). As of January 1, 2012, development within the District consisted of 2,437 completed homes, 3 homes under construction, and 61 vacant developed lots. The balance of the District is comprised of 6.90 acres developed by Katy Independent School District, approximately 38.49 undeveloped but developable acres, and 58.18 undevelopable acres, in which, lay greenbelts, drainage easements, water, wastewater and lift station sites, detention areas, and rights-of-way.
Prior to June 2010, MUD 238 obtained all of its water from groundwater pursuant to annual permit issued by the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District ("HGCSD"). MUD 238 also has emergency water interconnects with Addicks Municipal Utility District and Mayde Creek Utility District, which serve as emergency sources of water for MUD 238.
The HGCSD adopted a regulatory plan which requires certain districts within the jurisdiction of the HGCSD, including MUD 238, to adopt a groundwater reduction plan ("GRP"), join a regulatory GRP, or pay disincentive fees for groundwater pumpage. MUD 238 is included in a regional GRP prepared and implemented by the West Harris County Regional Water Authority ("WHCRWA").
As part of the WHCRWA's GRP, the District was required to undergo a phased conversion from groundwater usage to surface water usage. The District began obtaining surface water in June 2010 in compliance with such requirements through the WHCRWA who has secured a source of surface water from the City of Houston.
Currently, the WHCRWA assesses a fee of $2.15 per 1,000 gallons delivered to the District, which is then passed on to residents based on their actual usage each month. Questions often arise about the increasing water rates in MUD 238. However, MUD 238 has not increased the rate it charges for water since 2004. Rather, any increases in rates in recent years have been due exclusively to increases in the fees charged by the WCHRWA.
For more information, visit www.whcrwa.com.
Neighborhoods in the District
Barkers Ridge, Oak Ridge Place, Lake Ridge and Barkers Crossing
The mission of MUD 238 is to purchase, construct, finance, operate and maintain facilities and plants necessary for the supply and distribution of water; the collection, transportation and treatment of wastewater and associated byproducts; and the control and diversion of storm water in a cost effective and financially transparent manner. We will also work on projects that benefit the District residents including cooperations with other governmental agencies.
MUD 238's Goals to Accomplish this Mission Include:
- Ensure projects undertaken by MUD 238 directly support the mission of the District as stated above.
- Ensure water and sewer operations are uninterrupted during both normal and emergency operations.
- Ensure the longevity of all capital assets by performing regular preventative maintenance, routine inspections and planned replacements.
- Ensure that we continue to receive the highest value for all services and supplies by establishing vendor evaluations every three years that include audits and peer bids. Establish measurable standards for each vendor to drive continuous improvement or form the basis for replacement.
- Secure three competitive quotes as needed before any capital project or service contract is awarded.
- Promote customer satisfaction through financial transparency with regular communication through the Web, e-mails, and meetings, and actively seek new ideas from the residents to improve MUD 238 operations.