HARRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO TOWN HALL MEETING JANUARY 19, 2010

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1 HARRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO TOWN HALL MEETING JANUARY 19, 2010

2 Agenda Introductions District Facts District Status Surface Water Conversion Operational Issues Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Conservation Tips Public Comments

3 Established in 1982 Subdivisions served: Barkers Ridge Oak Ridge Place Lake Ridge Barkers Crossing District Facts Managed by five directors elected to staggered 4 year terms Current taps in the District 2,285 Water Plant No. 2 in Lake Ridge Subdivision

4 Board of Directors Office Director Term Expires President Larry Biediger May 2010 Vice President Sherry Parker May 2012 Secretary Gerard Spinnler May 2012 Asst. Secretary Michael McGlaughlin May 2010 Asst. Secretary Patti Richardson May 2010

5 Directors Duties Coordinate the development and construction of water, sewer and drainage facilities to serve the District Oversee ongoing operation & maintenance of District facilities Manage the collection, investment and expenditure of water, sewer and tax revenues Ensure compliance with environmental, accounting, investment and other statutory/regulatory requirements Enforce the District s Rate Order Satisfy obligations related to open meetings act and public information act Minimize or disclose certain conflicts of business/personal interests

6 Consultants Jonathan Roach District s Attorney Schwartz, Page & Harding, LLP John Peyton District Engineer CLR, Inc. Jack Bielat Operations Manager Severn Trent Services, Inc.

7 District Map

8 District Facts Total water pumpage (million gallons) 311 (FY 2009) 267 (CY 2009) High month July million gallons 266 (CY 2008) 191 (CY 2007) Current Rates Water $14.50 up to 10,000 gallons $1.00/1,000 gallons 10,001 to 20,000 gallons $1.25/1,000 over 20,000 gallons Sewer $15.50 flat rate Regional Water fee $1.07/1,000 gallons (2009) $1.40/1,000 gallons (2010)

9 District Facts Current Billing for user of 10,000 gpm Water $14.50 Sewer $15.50 flat rate Regional Water fee $1.07/1,000 gallons Total $40.70 $ 3.00 (optional WVFD) $43.70

10 District Facts New Billing for user of 10,000 gpm Water $14.50 Sewer $15.50 flat rate Regional Water fee $1.40/1,000 gallons Total $44.00 $ 3.00 (optional WVFD) $47.00

11 District Facts Year Tax Base Tax Revenues 2009 $286 million $2,059, $276 million $2,013, $240 million $1,751, $209 million $1,565,002 Tax Rate 2009 $0.72/$100 valuation ($0.63-debt/$0.09-maintenance) 2008 & 2007 $0.73/$100 valuation ($0.64-debt/$0.09-maintenance) 2006 $0.75/$100 valuation ($0.66-debt/$0.09-maintenance) Lift Station No. 1 in Barkers Ridge Subdivision

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13 District Facts Outstanding Debt 2010 Series Principal Debt Service 1999 $3.2 million $713, $2.1 million $154, $5.6 million $259, $3.8 million $213, $5.3 million $260,739 Total $20.0 million $1,601,909 Authorized by previous elections: $32 million Bond Sales to date:$24 million

14 District Facts Assets $17,354,330 $16,312,934 Liabilities 23,235,858 21,669,008 Net Assets $(5,881,528) $(5,356,074) Revenues $3,470,825 $ 3,062,978 Expenses* 3,996,279 3,923,368 Net Loss $( 525,454) $( 860,390) * Includes required conveyances of capital assets to Harris County Flood Control

15 Surface Water Conversion West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) was created in 2001 by Texas Legislature To facilitate and manage the conversion from groundwater to surface water due to: subsidence and water table level reductions WHCRWA contracted with the City of Houston to purchase surface water. WHCRWA resells the water to MUDs

16 Surface Water Conversion Interconnection with WHCRWA Construction began in 2009 Est. completion date March 2010; District to begin accepting surface water thereafter Reimbursable WHCRWA Interconnect at Water Well No. 1 in Barkers Ridge Subdivision

17 Surface Water Conversion This will require a reconfiguration of our disinfection system from chlorine to chloramine (chlorine and ammonia) Change to chloramines can cause problems for dialysis patients and aquatic pets, like fish

18 Surface Water Conversion Rates we are charged by WHCRWA increased in January This increase will show up on residents next water bill Previous Rate was $1.07 per 1,000 gallons New Rate will be $1.40 per 1,000 gallons For more information on WHCRWA, visit their website at District looking at ways to minimize impact to residents who use less than 10,000 gpm

19 District Operational Issues Status of water tank repairs Water Well No. 1 Est. cost of repairs $91,000 Drought Contingency Plan Summer 2009 Notification and signage Water Main Break on 12/24/2009 Reported around 4:00 pm Repairs completed 10:30 pm Power outage on January 9 (9:00 am Noon) Required re-priming of Water Well No. 2

20 District Operational Issues Detention Pond repairs in Lake Ridge Tree removal in Barkers Ridge and Oak Ridge Place detention ponds Dealing with graffiti on MUD facilities Contact the Constables Recent graffiti at Wastewater Treatment Plant on Morton Road

21 District Operational Issues Pocket Park agreement with Harris County Odors at Wastewater Treatment Plant or Water Main breaks, contact Severn Trent at the Emergency Phone Number Lift Station No. 3 in Barkers Crossing Subdivision

22 Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Construction on Expansion began 2006 completed in October 2009 Cost of Expansion $2.39 million, funded with bond sale Increased capacity from 350,000 gpd to 825,000 gpd 1,150 to 2,750 connections

23 Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

24 New Payment Options Available PAYMENTS ARE POSTED ON THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY WITH THESE OPTIONS: Check by phone Monday Friday, 9:00 am 4:00 pm $ or Credit Card MasterCard or Discover 5% fee

25 Other Payment Options Available Participating Western Union locations $1.25 fee Automatic Bank Draft Contact Severn Trent at for more details Online Bill Pay through your bank Allow 7-10 days for proper handling and processing Walk-in Payments always welcome Park Row (between Barkers- Cypress & SH6) Pay by US Mail Park Row, Houston, TX $0.44 stamp

26 Water Conservation In The Home 1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. 2. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. 3. Check your toilets for leaks. 4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks. 5. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators. 6. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank. 7. Insulate your water pipes. 8. Take shorter showers. 9. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. 10. Rinse your razor in the sink. 11. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads. 12. Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units. 13. When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. 14. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. 15. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.

27 Public Comments & Questions

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