- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products. The WaterSense label makes it easy to identify products that use less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
- Whether by replacing an inefficient fixture with a WaterSense labeled product or adopting water-efficient behaviors, we can all take action to save water for future generations.
- Saving is as easy as check, twist, replace.
- Check toilets for silent leaks: put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 10 minutes to flush. If color appears in the bowl, the flapper may need replacing.
- Twist on a WaterSense labeled bathroom faucet aerator to save water and energy at the tap without noticing a difference in flow.
- Replace your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model that uses less water and energy, but still lets you shower with power.
- Join thousands of your neighbors in We’re for Water. Make simple changes at home to save water and energy.
- Go to epa.gov/watersense to take the I’m for Water pledge. The pledge is also located in documents on www.cincomud8.com.
The operation of Cinco MUD 8 is dependent upon the collection of property taxes. 90% of the homes were flooded leading to decreased appraised values. Due to Hurricane Harvey and its effects on the District, the 2018 property tax rate was raised to $0.96 per $100 of assessed value. While we understand that some homes within the District were not impacted as much as others, the Board of Directors had to make a difficult decision that it thought would be in the overall best interest of the District’s residents by keeping the District operating. As soon as the Hurricane Harvey rains stopped, the District met and decided to hire debris removal services in an attempt to clean the neighborhood and help residents with the rebuilding process as quickly as possible. Additionally, the District paid to clean and repair all streets that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey and paid to clean the entirety of the District’s storm sewer system. While the District sympathizes with everyone paying the increased tax rate, those flooded homes will receive a net lower bill over 2017. The Board of Directors is hopeful to reduce its tax rate for 2019 when the value of homes go back up.
The USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) has approved Cinco MUD No. 8’s construction activities related to the repair of the 16” gravity sewer line across the Willow Fork Diversion Channel under a Nationwide Permit 12. Cinco MUD 8 will begin repairing the 16” gravity sewer line across the channel next week. The project is anticipated to be complete before July 1, 2018 and once the line is repaired, the bypass in front of the Canyon Gate Recreation Center will be removed and normal operation will resume.