The Rising Costs of Water – Rates Increase

On April 1st, 2018 the rate charged Prestonwood water users by the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) will increase to $3.85/1,000 gallons usage, this is a $.50 per 1,000-gallon increase over last year. NHCRWA has indicated they plan to implement annual increases in $.50 increments for the near future. This cost is billed to Prestonwood Forest Utility District (PFUD) and will be passed on to the user unchanged. It shows up on your bill as a line item, “NHCRWA”.

Coincidental to these actions, PFUD is facing increased costs for the maintenance of the water and sewer infrastructure. Hurricane Harvey losses were partially recovered through our insurance. However, the need to implement mitigation measures to attempt to reduce any future flood damages from “Harvey”-like or even lesser storm events, plus the strain of maintaining a nearly 50-year-old infrastructure has caused the Board to rethink the water rates currently in place.

The Board has developed a 5-year plan to accomplish repairs, replacements and “Harvey” mitigation improvements with the intent of pay as you go, with no additional tax burden on Prestonwood users. This plan will require adjustments to the water and sewer rates for users.

Prestonwood will still maintain one of the lowest water and sewer rates in the region if not in the United States. The rates reflect the effort to promote conservation as required by State Law. Costs for usage above 5,000 gallons per month will increase incrementally as usage increases. Also, the board reluctantly determined that the “rebate”, which has been given for the last seven years, should also be eliminated to assist in funding improvements to our utility systems. The complete Rate Order is available on the Prestonwood Forest UD website at Presonwoodforestud.com click on Rate Order.

The bottom line – water remains one of the best values we enjoy today. In view of the rising costs, the most effective way for everyone to keep their water costs low is to conserve this precious resource. The cost of water in the future is going to grow. The Board asks that you please read and consider the water conservation materials that we include as inserts in our mail-out bills, on-line at our web-site and as articles in the Prestonwood Press.

Prestonwood Forest Utility District Board of Directors

 


Prestonwood Forest Utility District has provided drinking water and wastewater services to the Prestonwood Forest Subdivision and adjacent properties since 1977. The District has grown from a small area to a large independent entity providing service to the Prestonwood Forest Subdivision, Schroeder Oaks subdivision, town homes, one elementary school, two churches, four apartment complexes, three hotels and other commercial establishments.

The Board of Directors of Prestonwood Forest Utility District hope you will access this Web site for information about our water services and related issues. We want to hear from you with any concerns or questions and anticipate that this will be a productive source of two-way communication.

The Board is elected by you and works for you, meeting twice monthly on the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Prestonwood Forest Club House.

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