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), Barkerís Ridge (764 lots)
and Barkerís 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
Prior to June 2010, MUD 238 obtained all of its water from
groundwater pursuant to annual permit issued by the
District ("HGCSD"). MUD 238 also has emergency water
interconnects with Addicks Municipal Utility District and
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
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
The mission of Harris County Municipal Utility District No.
238 (ďMUD 238Ē) is to finance, purchase, construct, operate and
maintain facilities and plants necessary for the supply and
distribution of water; the collection, transportation and
treatment of wastewater; and the control and diversion of storm
water in a cost effective and financially transparent manner.
MUD 238ís 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
- 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.