CINCO MUD 8 Proclaims October as National Kitchen & Bath Month

Meet Your Better Bathroom—Style With Savings

Remodeling your bathroom? You can have your dream bathroom with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program. WaterSense labels thousands of products in a variety of price points, styles and finishes—from sleek to chic—to create your bathroom oasis. Not only do WaterSense labeled products look amazing, they are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models.

And since you won’t have as much water to heat while showering or shaving, WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures will save your family energy, and money on utility bills, too. A full bathroom remodel can save 10,000 gallons of water, enough energy to power your refrigerator for 7 months, and up to $150 in utility bills every year!

Download the 2019 Water Conservation Rebate Form.

Not in the market for a full-blown bathroom remodel? Check out these videos for easy, inexpensive “bath hacks” you can do to improve your bathroom’s performance. Swap out your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, install a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator, or replace your leaky toilet flapper for big water savings.

Learn more about ways to save water in your bathroom by visiting the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/better-bathroom.

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.