You may have noticed new signs in the district highlighting us as a designated Superior Public Water System by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This designation means that MUD 152 exceeds minimum standards in proper oversight, safe and clean water, necessary preparedness and management. To qualify for this designation, the district’s facilities and processes must meet standards outlined in the Texas Administrative Code.
(1) To attain recognition as a “Superior Public Water System”, the following additional requirements must be met:
(A) Physical facilities shall comply with the requirements in these sections.
(B) There shall be a minimum of two licensed operators with additional operators required for larger systems.
(C) The system’s microbiological record for the previous 24 months period shall indicate no violations (frequency, number or maximum contaminant level of the drinking water standards.
(D) The quality of the water shall comply with all primary water quality parameters listed in the drinking water standards.
(E) The chemical quality of the water shall comply with all secondary constituent levels listed in the drinking water standards.
(F) The system’s operation shall comply with applicable state statutes and minimum acceptable operating practices set forth in §290.46 of this title (relating to Minimum Acceptable Operating Practices for Public Drinking Water Systems).
(G) The system’s capacities shall meet or exceed minimum water system capacity requirements set forth in §290.45 of this title (relating to Minimum Water System Capacity Requirements).
(H) The system shall have at least two wells, two raw water pumps or a combination of these with enough capacity to provide average daily consumption with the largest well or pump out of service. This requirement shall also apply to treatment plant pumps necessary for operation in accordance with §290.42 of this title (relating to Water Treatment).
(I) The water system shall be well maintained and the facilities shall present a pleasing appearance to the public.
You may have noticed recent news regarding a water fee hike approved by the Houston City Council. It does NOT affect us since our neighborhood is served by MUD 152. We are in unincorporated Harris County, which is not part of the City of Houston or City of Humble. We do not purchase water from the City of Houston.
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, board members of MUD 152 were proud to present a check in the amount of $7,500 to Timbers Elementary in support of their new early childhood outdoor learning space called “Timbers Town”. Timbers Town, which will be open to the community after school until dark, will have a farmers market, music & art center, fire & police station, fire truck & police car, and a Timbers school bus once completed!
Principal Micah Bachemin shared the need and vision of an outdoor learning space for Timbers’ youngest scholars with the board in October 2020. Timbers Town will repurpose space in the playground area that currently has no equipment for the children to use. The total project cost involves Timbers Elementary fundraising efforts, contributions from the Timbers PTO, Humble ISD, and MUD 152.
A few of the four-year-old scholars at Timbers made these comments when they saw the new playground equipment that will be purchased:
“I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun! I’m going to tell everybody and I’m going to drive the bus!” – Charlotte
“I think it’s so cool! I give it a thumbs up!” – Zoey
“Woah! Is that for us? I like the music part because I love to dance!” – Jorge
“Fun, fun, so fun!” – Judah
The project is the second investment MUD 152 has made in partnership with Timbers Elementary in recent years. In 2019, MUD 152 worked with Timbers and Humble ISD to build a sidewalk in front of the school that makes walking near the school safer for kids and the community. In addition, MUD 152 worked with the Atascocita High School Student Council to place more than 1,000 storm water inlet markings in the neighborhood and hosted them in a mock MUD meeting to learn more about the function of a MUD board.
On February 26th, 2020, MUD 152 hosted Atascocita HS Student Council along with MUD 152 consultants in a mock meeting. Students were able to participate, ask questions, and understand the function of a MUD board.
MUD 152 thanked Atascocita HS Student Council for their efforts and provided a $5,000 stipend for their efforts in installing over 1,100 storm inlets throughout Atascocita South and Atasca Woods.
Harris County MUD 152’s water supply is provided from the Evangeline Aquifer Water Supply and is not connected to the City of Houston water supply. Harris County MUD 152 is not affected by the current Boil Water notice posted by the City of Houston.
Atascocita, Texas February 4, 2020—The Board of Directors of Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 152 (the “District”) offer their condolences to the family of the teen who was killed in Atascocita South on Sunday morning. We understand that an arrest has already been made through the effort of the deputies in Constable Precinct No. 4, as well as by other law enforcement agencies.
In light of this incident, we wanted to alert the Atascocita South and Atasca Woods neighborhoods that effective March 1, 2020, there will be six deputies from Constable Precinct No. 4 contracted to serve our neighborhoods, providing coverage on a 24/7 basis.
This change is being initiated by the District and the Atascocita South and Atasca Woods homeowners associations. Currently, the HOAs pay a portion of the cost of extra security provided by the Precinct 4 constables for several neighborhoods in the greater Atascocita area. The HOAs wanted better coverage of their neighborhoods and approached the District to discuss the best way to achieve that result. After discussion with the HOAs, the Board of Directors of the District agreed to take over the responsibility for contracting with the constables for extra security for the immediate future. The District then entered into a contract with the Precinct 4 constables to patrol the area within the District (being the Atascocita South and Atasca Woods neighborhoods). The District decided to expand the coverage to six deputies to enable there to be 24/7 coverage. Homeowners will pay a part of the cost of the security through an increase in the base rate of their water bills of $7.00. In exchange for this change in responsibility, the HOAs agreed to reduce their dues.
We believe that this change and increased security will be of benefit to District residents.
Atascocita HS Student Council, in collaboration with MUD 152, began installing the makers Dec.,5, 2019 and has continued for a few weeks. They have been out during the week with safety vests and traffic flags installing decals on 1,100 storm inlets throughout Atascocita South and Atasca Woods subdivisions. The purpose is to remind citizens not to dump pollutants into storm inlets or contribute to ordinary storm water runoff by littering, over-fertilizing, or sweeping yard debris into the street. Unlike sewage, storm water receives no treatment. Each year, student council fund raise throughout the year in order to sponsor events for the student body and community-at-large. MUD 152 directors will surprise the group during their February meeting with a stipend to commend their work in our community.
On August 28, 2019, Harris County MUD No. 152 successfully refinanced its debt in order to take advantage of today’s low interest rates. The District issued $4,060,000 in unlimited tax refunding bonds to refund and redeem a portion of its outstanding debt.
By doing the refinancing, Harris County MUD No. 152 saved $261,198 net of costs, for annual savings in its debt service expense of $37,314.
The District was able to secure bond insurance on its new bonds, causing the rating on the bonds to be “AA.” The District carries an underlying rating of “A+” from Standard & Poor’s.