Westador Civic Assoc Westador Civic Assoc Westador Civic Assoc
 
 
Login | Register
 
Home
About Westador
Facilities
Newcomers
Services
History
Our Sponsors
Contact Us
Numbers to Know
Board Members
Documents
Upcoming Events
Forms
 
Newsletter
Security
Security Alerts
Directory
Photo Album
Message Board
Classifieds
Sites of Interest
Seniors
Veterans
 
Social Groups
Westador MUD
Spring Dinos
 
Westador MUD
 

 Revised August 30, 2014
WESTADOR MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
A Quick Guide To Governance, Activities, & Services
 
DESCRIPTION 
 
The Westador Municipal Utility District is a governmental agency and a political subdivision of the State of Texas authorized and operating under the provisions of Chapter 54 of the Texas Water Code.
The District is empowered to finance, construct, provide, operate, and maintain:

     ï¬ Water supply and distribution
     ï¬ Wastewater collection and treatment
     ï¬ Storm drainage facilities; maintenance of storm drainage facilities is a joint responsibility of Harris County Precinct 4 and Harris County Flood Control
    
Westador MUD is a member of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) which oversees the use of surface water supplied by the City of Houston to water districts in northwest Harris County.
 
The District was established in 1969 to serve a heavily wooded, unique cul-de-sac community of custom-built homes, and commercial customers.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
 
Westador Municipal Utility District is dedicated to providing high quality potable water and wastewater service to its customers. High quality service includes effective and efficient management of current and future assets and operating systems while providing low cost trouble free customer service. This mission will be fulfilled by an elected Board of Directors which establishes policies and directs the activities of its consultants in the areas of operations, engineering, legal, tax collecting and financial matters to achieve the objectives which assure mission fulfillment.

LOCATION
 
The District is located in northern Harris County, approximately one mile west of Interstate Highway 45, bounded on the south by FM 1960, on the north by Cypress Creek, on the east by Moss Forest Drive, and on the west by Bamwood Street. These east and west boundary streets are out of the district as are portions of Red Oak Drive.
 
Residential homes are divided into a "west" section along Nanes Drive and an "east" section along Cali Drive with some commercial development along FM 1960 and Red Oak Drive.

CUSTOMERS SERVED

Households served: 699 Westador single family homes.
Businesses served:
     • Northwest Medical Center Hospital, a dominant health care facility
        in Northwest Harris County.
     • Outpatient Surgical Hospitals
     • Lone Star College Nursing Education Center
     • Psychiatric and Rehabilitation hospitals.
     • Nursing homes.
     • Professional medical office buildings
     • Seven apartment / condominium complexes.  (886 units)
     • Pre-school and daycare facilities.
     • Bammel Elementary School.
     • US Post Office.
     • Four strip shopping centers.
     • Restaurants and other retail establishments.
 
CUSTOMER COMMUNICATIONS
 
All Officers and Directors of the Westador MUD Board of Directors maintain an “open communications” policy with all MUD customers.  Each Board member is available by telephone and E-mail to discuss customer concerns. 
 
The Board meets at 6:30 PM every third Tuesday at the Nanes Clubhouse  The meeting agenda is posted in front of the clubhouse for three days prior to each meeting.  Meetings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act.  Customers are welcome to attend these meetings. A five-minute period for public comments is scheduled at the start of each meeting.  Residential home owners elect board members to four-year terms.
 
Many customer questions and concerns can be handled directly and quickly by calling:
281-353-9756, the customer service number for Hays Utility - South Corporation, the operator of Westador’s water and sewer systems.
 
The Westador MUD Board regularly describes its major activities and results in the WCA website and also uses the WCA Email Alert System to quickly notify/inform its customers. After customers provide E-mail addresses to WCA they automatically receive these messages.
  

DISTRICT OWNED FACILITIES
 
The District’s customers are supplied approximately 350,000,000 gallons of water per year.
 
About 80% of Westador’s water is surface water from Lake Houston and is managed under the regulatory authority of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority  (NHCRWA) that is supplied by the City of Houston. The entire area is regulated by NHCRWA which is required to acquire 30% of its water supplies from surface water until 2025 when 60% surface water is required as mandated by the Harris - Galveston Subsidence District.
 
The District will continue to use its newest plant at 17741 ½ Red Oak while cooperating with the varying demand requirements of NHCRWA. This facility includes a groundwater well, two 500,000-gallon ground storage tanks and a 500,000 gallon elevated storage tank. The well is capable of delivering 1500 gallons per minute to supplement surface water supplies with ground water particularly during high demand summer months.
 
The District also owns water plants at 17703 Cali Drive and 1131 Abana Lane. They are “off line” since conversion to surface water. Both plants will be maintained so they can be operated in emergency situations.
 
Primary water mains are located along the west sides of Nanes and Cali with branches down one side of each residential street to deliver water to a meter at the front of each lot where MUD ownership stops.  Fireplugs are on these mains.
 
Wastewater:  Most wastewater gathering lines are located at the backs of the residential lots.  Wastewater flows by gravity, assisted by a small lift station at 17740 ½ Cali Drive, to the wastewater mains. These mains are located under the east sidewalks of Nanes and Cali and connect to the lift station located at 1126 Belaya. This station pumps all Westador wastewater to the Ponderosa Joint Powers Agency treatment plant located at 17940 Butte Creek Drive on the northern edge of the Ponderosa subdivision.  This plant is owned by Westador and six other nearby utility districts.  Westador MUD owns 900,000 gallons per day capacity in the plant, which is sufficient to serve its current and projected needs.
 
Drainage:  Storm water drains along the street gutters to drop inlets leading to the storm water mains under the west sidewalks of Nanes and Cali and on to Cypress Creek. Drainage from Cali is in pipes all the way to the creek, while that from Nanes goes first to the open ditch north of Maranon and along the eastern edge of the 1000 blocks of the streets north of Maranon. Red Oak Drive drains to Cypress Creek. 
 
Westador MUD is a charter member of “The Green Medians Coalition”. Our district cooperates with several other districts along Cypress Creek Parkway (FM 1960) to maintain plants & shrubbery in the district’s area along FM 1960.
 
TAXATION
 
All real estate is appraised by and the Harris County Appraisal District bills taxes.
 
Each fall, the District’s tax consultant reviews all scheduled bond payments to assure funds are available to make such payments payment. The tax consultant review results in a recommended tax rate .The Board establishes each year’s MUD tax rate based on those recommendations. These rates apply to all customers within the District’s incorporated boundaries. Customers outside the District’s incorporated boundaries are charged a fee in lieu of tax equal to this tax rate.
 
Results of the annual review of Tax Rates per $100 assessed valuation are shown in the table below. This approach has resulted in some of the lowest rates in North Harris County.
 
                    T AX YEAR       TAX RATE
                        2015            0.1700
                        2014            0.1700   
                        2013            0.1725
                        2012            0.1725
                        2011            0.1650
                        2010            0.1650
                        2009            0.1450
                        2008            0.1600
                        2007            0.2100
                        2006            0.2500
                        2005            0.2500
                        2004            0.2500
                        2003            0.2500
                        2002            0.2770
                        2001            0.2960
                        2000            0.3000
 

Westador MUD Tax Rates Among Lowest In Harris County
 
 
MANAGEMENT AND CONTRACT SERVICES
 
Westador MUD Board of Directors
Gordon Landwermeyer President 281-444-2333 TGLand@Yahoo.Com
Drew Hardin Vice President 281-202-4212 DHardin@FlexPipesSystems.Com
Richard C. Murphy Secretary 281-397-8565 MurfZone@SBCGlobal.Net
David Borengasser Assistant Secretary 281-440-4115 DBorengasser@SBCGlobal.Net
Paul J. Dyne Director 281-836-5829 PJDyne3503@Yahoo.Com

 
Attorney – Schwartz, Page & Harding, L. L. P.
Christopher Skiner 713-402-1604

 
Bookkeeper – Municipal Accounts & Consulting, L. P.
Kaye Townley 936-647-4068

 
 
Engineer – Jones & Carter, Inc.
Robert Dazey 713-777-5337

 
Operator - Hays Utility South Corporation
Don Hays 281-353-9809
Robin Secrest 281-353-9809

 
Tax Collector – Equi-Tax Inc.
Ken Byrd 281-444-4866

 
 
 

WESTADOR MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
Everything You Need To Know About Your  Water Bill
Questions – Call Hays Utility South 281-353-9756
 
 
How Much Do I Pay For Water?
 
Residential Customers
Gallons Used                                                                                    Amount Per 1000 Gallons
0 - 5,000 $8.25
5,001 - 20,000 $0.84
20,001 - 50,000 $1.18
50,001 & Over $1.77
 
 
Commercial & Apartment (Per Unit) Customers
Gallons Used                                                                                        Amount Per 1,000 Gallons
0 - 5,000 $13.00
5001 - 20,000 $  1.00
20,001 - 50,000 $  1.30
50,001 & Over $  1.77
 
The largest is the $2.49 per 1000 gallons that recoups the charges made by the “Northwest Harris County Regional Water Authority” for both the mandated surface water and the well water that we use.
 
Residential Sewer Charges
Flat Fee - Includes Trash Pick Up            $28.71
 
Commercial & Apartment (Per Unit) Sewer Charges
0 - 10,000 Gallons                                                                         Minimum $13.00
10,001 & Over Gallons $1.18 Per 1,000 Gallons

Hays  reads your water meter to determine gallons used on, or about, the 16th of each month. Water bills are due on the 20th of each month. Bills paid after the 20th of the month include a 10% penalty. A bill unpaid by the 10th of the next month results in a delinquent / doorhanger notice  placed on your door at a charge of $5.00. If still unpaid a week later, your water service will be cut off at a charge of $50.00. 
 
Required Deposits
Residential Connections - Own Or Rent $150.00
Additional Deposit - After Cutoff & Reconnection $150.00
Maximum Deposit If User Had Earlier Payment Problems $450.00
 
Other Fees
Application For Service                                       $  25.00
Returned Payments - Checks & Others $  25.00
Residential Cutoff & Reconnect for Non Payment $  50.00
Commercial Cutoff & Reconnect for Non Payment $250.00