2018 CINCO MUD 8 Accomplishments

In 2017, the District had $4 million in cash reserves. The District had planned to reduce its outstanding bond debt by using a portion of those cash reserves to pay off 2 of the 3 outstanding bond issues in an attempt to lower the TAX RATE for property owners. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey hit at the end of August 2017, and the Board acted by assisting the homeowners with storm debris clean up. The Board contracted with a third-party trash company to work alongside Fort Bend County trucks to remove debris in the District. This partnership removed storm debris from Southpark and Canyon Gate by October 31. The District spent approximately $1.6 million to clean up the Hurricane Harvey debris.

Additionally, emergency repairs to the main sewer line extending across the Diversion Channel from Canyon Gate to the South treatment plant cost the District approximately $300,000. Other District repairs stemming from Hurricane Harvey included a temporary generator & control panel for the District’s lift station, repairs to water meters, and storm and sanitary sewer cleaning In total, Harvey cost the District nearly $2.5 million and consequentially, the District was forced to raise its tax rate for 2018.

Because the District raised the 2018 tax rate, it elected to give $210 in water bill credits to District residences during 2018 and 2019 to offset the non-reappraisals in 2017 due to flooding.

Presently, FEMA and the District’s insurance have received the District’s claims, and reimbursements have begun. As the District collects from FEMA and insurance, the District will reassess its financials in hopes of lowering the 2019 tax rate.

Outdoor Water Use and Drought

On average, a single-family home devotes at least 30 percent of its water for outdoor uses such as landscape irrigation, but that amount can be as much as 70 percent in arid regions. Unfortunately, without efficient watering practices, up to 50 percent of that water can go to waste due to inefficient watering methods and irrigation systems. Irrigation professionals, water utilities, and professional certifying organizations can use the materials and ideas in this section to help homeowners reduce outdoor water use and promote a healthy landscape that’s both beautiful and water-efficient.

During times of drought, it is doubly important to reduce outdoor water use and help save water around the home.

Sprinkler Spruce-Up

Improperly maintained irrigation systems can lead to significant water waste. Before your community ramps up its watering this spring, encourage homeowners and other customers to do a little “sprinkler spruce-up” to ensure their systems are operating efficiently. Use this call to action—inspect, connect, direct, and select—to help promote healthy landscapes and reduce water waste.

A broken or missing sprinkler head could waste 25,000 gallons of water and $280 over a six-month irrigation season. Before you ramp up your watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps—inspect, connect, direct, and select:

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads or go with a pro. Look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program to help.
  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system.
  • Direct. If you are watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
  • Select. Update your watering schedule with the seasons or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

For more tips, visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoors or http://www.cincomud8.com