Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 22 (the “District”) was created on July 3, 1979, by order of the Texas Water Rights Commission, now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (the “TCEQ”), and operates under the provisions of Chapters 49 and 54 of the Texas Water Code and other general statutes applicable to municipal utility districts. The District is located wholly within the exclusive extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston, Texas.
What does the District do?
The District is empowered, among other things, to 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. The District is also empowered to establish, operate, and maintain fire-fighting facilities, independently or with one or more conservation and reclamation districts, after approval by the City of Houston, the Commission and the voters of the District.
Who regulates the District?
The TCEQ exercises continuing supervisory jurisdiction over the District. The District is required to observe certain requirements of the City of Houston which limit the purposes for which the District may sell bonds to the acquisition, construction and improvement of waterworks, wastewater, and drainage facilities and the refunding of outstanding debt obligations; limit the net effective interest rate on such bonds and other terms of such bonds; and require approval by the City of Houston of District construction plans. Construction and operation of the District’s drainage system are subject to the regulatory jurisdiction of additional government agencies, including the TCEQ.
The District is within the boundaries of the Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (the “Subsidence District”) which regulates groundwater withdrawal. The District’s authority to pump groundwater from its well is subject to an annual permit issued by the Subsidence District. On April 14, 1999, the Subsidence District adopted a District Regulatory Plan (the “1999 Plan”) to reduce groundwater withdrawal through conversion to surface water in areas within the Subsidence District’s jurisdiction. Under the 1999 Plan, the District was required to adopt a groundwater reduction plan approved by the Subsidence District, construct surface water conversion infrastructure, and reduce its groundwater pumpage.
Who funds the District?
Construction of the District’s water, sanitary sewer and drainage system has been financed from proceeds of the District’s outstanding bonds and certain developer contributions as required by the rules of the TCEQ. The System has been designed to be in conformity with requirements of the City of Houston, Harris County and the Commission.
What is the source of the water?
Water supply is provided by water plant production facilities which the District shares with Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 21 and surface water provided by the North Harris County Regional Water Authority. The District also has an emergency water interconnect agreement with Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 23.
Why does the cost of water keeper going up?