Update: Stage 2 of Drought Contingency Plan

Dear Water Customer,

In light of the recent implementation of Drought Contingency Stage 2, the District would like to provide further clarification on the issues at hand. The problem is supply and demand related.

  • Supply: New facilities waiting to be approved for use by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) hinder groundwater production capabilities.
  • Demand: The average daily water usage is higher in Bridgeland than other communities, especially during summer months. Additionally, the timing of irrigation systems create an issue with “Peak Demand” and acts as a major factor triggering the event.
  • Objective: maintain sufficient supply and pressure at all times to fight a fire, which is at risk with our current supply/demand situation.

The Stage 2 Drought Contingency triggers are as follows:

  1. The Average Run Time for the Wells is at or above 20 hours for three consecutive days,
  2. The District utilizes an equivalent amount of surface water (or combination of surface water and ground water has been utilized) for three days; or
  3. A Water System failure has occurred.

In this case, Stage 2 was triggered by the Average Run Time for the groundwater wells and the amount of combination water the Districts are utilizing. The facilities infrastructure has the capacity to provide an adequate amount of water to the growing community, however, the problem arises because of peak demand.

Usage is not linear, and the data shows that peak demand occurs from 3 am- 8 am in the morning. This is when most homes are set for automatic irrigation. After the Water Plants meet the irrigation demand throughout the early morning hours, the ground storage tanks are at low levels, which creates pressure concerns and puts firefighting capabilities at risk. During normal operations, the MUD does not set any restrictions on days—every address can set a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and create a very high demand peak. There is an easy fix to smooth the demand—alternating days.

Additionally, the Drought Contingency Plan is a state document and the language is set in place by the TCEQ. Though it is titled “Drought Contingency,” the point of the plan is to keep demand within supply capabilities, regardless of the reason. This plan can be triggered by drought, over-watering, equipment breakdown, etc.

Immediate solutions:

  • Inframark has dispatched an Operator in the early morning hours to run the water plants manually in order to maintain adequate levels and pressures. This has been in place for 2 weeks.
  • MUD has implemented alternating watering days (odd/even addresses).
  • Residents should check their irrigation system controls to comply with the schedule (Sunday/Thursday for Even numbered addresses, Saturday/Wednesday for Odd numbered addresses).
  • The District has requested TCEQ expedite review and approval of the completed well, so we can put it into service.
  • Construction on an additional well begins this month. Typical construction time is 9 months to a year.

As the weather begins to moderate in late September / early October, we expect residents to irrigate less and the problems should self-correct. By this time next year, we should have new facilities online that will provide the needed capacity.

Sincerely,
Bob Thomas, MUD 419 Board President
Greg Henry, MUD 489 Board President

Maintenance Project Beginning September 13, 2021

Dear Harris County MUD #419 Resident,

On September 13, 2021, Harris County MUD #419 has scheduled a maintenance project at West Creekside Bend, near Lost Plum Creek and Highland Country Drive. The goal of the project is to install water offsets that will extend the utility line and utilize reinforced concrete pipe.

The project will result in service interruption affecting the following sections:

  • Cibolo Creek
  • Plum Creek
  • Bedias Creek
  • Cedar Creek
  • Clear Creek
  • Barton Creek

The work will begin at 8:00 am and is expected to take place over the course of 6 hours. Please mark your calendars, and plan accordingly for showering or any household chores you may need to complete prior to service interruption.

Please reach out to Inframark’s Customer Service at (281) 579-4500, should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mackenzie Osborne
Account Manager

Stage 2 of Drought Contingency Plan

Dear Water Customer, In June 2021, Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 419/489 (the “District”) implemented Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan (“DCP”). The target for Stage 1 is a 10% water usage reduction through voluntary means. The District would like to thank residents for their participation and efforts. However, water demand has continued to increase despite implementation of Stage 1.

Due to the increased demand on the regional water plants serving the Bridgeland community (measured through run hours on the groundwater wells and equivalent treated surface water demand), the District is implementing Stage 2 of the DCP. The target for Stage 2 is a 20% water use reduction and requires participation from all customers within Bridgeland (residential and commercial). Harris County MUD 418 owns, operates and maintains the regional water plants and key storage infrastructure serving all water customers within the boundaries of the Bridgeland. In this capacity, MUD 418 is coordinating the implementation of Stage 2 with all Bridgeland MUDs in an effort to work together for community success.

Pertinent Stage 2 restrictions are summarized below, while the appendix to this letter contains precise language included in the DCP. The complete DCP can be found on the District websites at www.hcmud419.com / www.hcmud489.com.

Customers must limit outdoor water usage to two days a week, between the hours of 8:00 pm and 6:00 am:

  • Even Numbered Addresses: Sunday and Thursday
  • Odd Numbered Addresses: Saturday and Wednesday

Furthermore, typical activities that will be limited include:

  • Landscape watering,
  • Decorative or recreational water usage (fountains, pools, etc.); and
  • Washing vehicles.

Note that WCID 157 and WCID 159 will not be held to irrigation restrictions, as these Districts use non-potable reused water from the lakes to irrigate common areas.

Please be advised, Stage 2 will go into effect Friday, September 3, 2021. Failure to comply may result in surcharges.

When there are changes in the implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan, the District will send out additional notification to its Water Customers. Please reach out to Inframark’s Customer Service department at (281) 579-4500 or Dispatch at (281) 398-8211, if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Bob Thomas / Greg Henry, President
Board of Directors

Click here to read “Stage 2 of Drought Contingency Plan” notice.
Click here to read Drought Contingency Plan.