DEVELOPING PROGRAMS

RECLAIMED WATER IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Limited water supplies or surface water conversion are driving the cost of delivering drinking water to customers higher and higher. Southern Montgomery County MUD (SMCMUD) is required to convert to surface water like most other Houston area utility districts.

The reuse of treated wastewater provides the opportunity to reduce the need for drinking water and reduce overall costs. Reclaimed water is not new, but it is not always easy to find customers located in the vicinity of the treatment plant to take significant quantities. Large users such as golf courses, parks, and certain industrial customers have historically been the best candidates.

The rising costs of drinking water convinced SMCMUD Board of Directors to distribute (purple pipe) and sell reclaimed water to residential homes and smaller commercial businesses—one of the first in Texas.  The following phases are now complete and operational:

Phase 1A - Commercial areas on Spring Hill Drive, Pitkin Road, Woodline Drive and Oakhurst Drive south of Rayford Road.

Phase 1B - Residential areas along Spring Ridge Drive, Timber Lane Drive, Spring Woods Drive and Oakhurst Drive between Rayford Road and Gamewood Drive.

Phase 2A - Residential areas including Oakwood Drive, Frostwood Drive, Heatherwood Drive, Sagewood Drive and Maplewood Drive between Oakwood and Heatherwood.

Phase 2B - Commercial areas west of I-45 on Oak Ridge Drive between Nursery Road and Rye Street, Rye Street, and most residential lots within the Vicksburg Subdivision.

If you live on these streets or neighborhood, please please contact Donna Smith at 281-367-5383, extension 110 or by email at donna@smcmud.com to connect your irrigation system or have a hose bib connection installed. The Board of Director's have voted to not charge for tap installation to make the connection more affordable for everyone. If you have a sprinkler system, there is a $100 inspection charge. The hose bib connection costs $30. This is a limited time offer while the system is still being installed.

The next phase of pipeline extensions will include residential areas in Spring Oaks Section One, Village of Oak Ridge Grove and Maplewood Drive between Heatherwood and Oak Ridge Grove Drive. Construction of Phase 3A (Maplewood Drive) is planned for late fall 2017.

 

We encourage every resident to conserve water by connecting to this system. The District hopes to have reclaimed water irrigation available to everyone as soon as possible. If you don’t have this system available to you yet, please adjust your sprinkler systems to water only when required. The Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District publishes watering requirements each week. Please check out their website at www.lonestargcd.org. If you would like more information about the reclaimed water system, please contact Rick Moffatt at rick@smcmud.com.