Harris County MUD No. 152 has partnered with Humble Independent School District to provide a much-needed segment of sidewalk for children going to Timbers Elementary and Atascocita Middle School. The new sidewalk will be on Lonesome Woods Trail in front of Timbers Elementary. It will be four feet wide and fully ADA compliant. Harris County MUD No. 152 will pay for the sidewalk from funds it receives under an agreement with the City of Houston, which allows the MUD to collect a percentage of the sales tax paid by businesses in the district. The School District has agreed to maintain the sidewalk once completed.
Construction is scheduled to begin this week and be completed by August 1, weather permitting.
Do you know how much water a family of four uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! You could take up to 10 baths with that much water—but who would want to do that? Fortunately, there are many things we can do to save.
When it goes down the drain, it’s gone, right? WRONG! The wastewater system is designed to dispose of water, toilet paper, and bodily fluids. ANYTHING else can potentially block the flow, causing everything that went down to come back up. Backups can happen in your home, the street, lift stations, and wherever is there an opportunity for reverse flow. Many products don’t belong in your drains and can cause damage to pipes, along with negatively impacting our water supply.
COMMON ITEMS FLUSHED AND WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE
Wipes- No Wipes in the Pipes! Even those labeled “flushable” are too thick and do not break down easily.
Feminine Hygiene Products- Designed to absorb moisture and expand, prevents safe passage through pipes.
Paper Towels, Napkins, and Tissue- Designed to absorb moisture and stay together when wet, they do not break down easily.
Animal Training Pads- Constructed of a waterproof film that prevents liquid from passing through and a super-absorbent polymer and fluff pulp, which turns liquids into gel. These do not break down in water and can cause major pipeline blockages.
Cotton Balls and Swabs- They do not break down in water, instead they gather together and are difficult to dislodge.
Grease, Oil, and Fats- Grease may go in as liquid, but as soon as it hits the drain, it cools and becomes a pipe-clogging wax. Pour leftover grease in a can and then throw it away. Learn more at Cease the Grease.
Cat Litter- Made from clay and sand, two things that should NEVER be flushed. Cat waste contains toxins and parasites that are not good for the health and safety of the system.
Condoms- Easy to flush, but not so easy on the wastewater system. Condoms can inflate like balloons and cause destructive obstructions in the pipes.
Medication- Wastewater treatment processes are not designed to remove chemicals found in drugs. These chemicals can then be pumped into the lakes and streams, contaminating ground water and wildlife downstream.
Disposable Diapers- Made from a toxic plastic designed to expand when wet does not flow in pipes.
Dental Floss- It can wrap around objects in pipes, making small clogs bigger in an instant.
Cigarette Butts- Full of chemicals that can end up in the water supply.
Plastic Bandages- Made of non-biodegradable plastic that is harmful to the environment and causes clogs in pipes.
Pets- Goldfish are most commonly flushed, but small rodents (hamsters and gerbils) have also been found in the wastewater system. They’re sturdy and can create clogs. Please consider a proper burial.
Food- Although food is biodegradable, it doesn’t always break down as fast as we think. It can lump together and cause clogs in pipes.
Hair- Like floss, it can tangle, creating a “net” that can create clogs.
The Lake Houston watershed is located northwest of Jackson Bayou watershed and north of the Lower San Jacinto River watershed. The East and West Forks of the San Jacinto River and the San Jacinto River are the primary streams that flow through the watershed before the San Jacinto River flows into the Lower San Jacinto River watershed.
Lake Houston is a 12,240-acre reservoir constructed on the San Jacinto River. It has a drainage area of approximately 2,600 square miles. This watershed has sedimentation issues that the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), the City of Houston, the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), Texas A&M University, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are trying to address in a cooperative project.