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 of wastewater; 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.