Learn to Use Water Wisely – Yard & Garden

Although temperatures are frigid now, before long spring will be upon us and our yards and gardens will become a hub of activity between the installation of new flowers and shrubs, fertilization of our lawns or the planting of our spring gardens. As we begin making our plans for future weekends of lawn and garden work we typically focus on those improvements that enhance the quality of live and the aesthetics of our homes. However, special consideration should be given to practices that help conserve one of our most precious resources, WATER.

Did you know that during the summer months 50% ‐ 80% of our water consumption is used outside according to the Texas Water Development Board? And as much as half of that may be wasted? With the rising cost of water, it benefits all of us to make a more conscious effort to conserve water. So as you plan your spring outdoor activities take time to read North Fort Bend Water Authority’s two (2) page brochure on “Learning to Use Water Wisely – Yard & Garden.” This handy brochure provides consumers with a variety of suggestions on water saving practices.

Other great references for native and drought tolerant plant material and water smart practices can be found at the Association of Water Board Directors website, http://www.awbdtx.org/pdf/Water_Smart_Books_04.pdf.

Results of Independent Audit of District Billing System and Procedures

In response to concerns raised by residents at the October 1, 2015, special meeting of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), regarding unusually high water usage and utility bills in the August and September 2015 timeframe, a self-selected committee of residents recommended and the Board decided to engage BDO to conduct an independent audit of the District’s billing system and procedures performed by the District’s Operator, Environmental Development Partners.

The Board reviewed BDO’s Phase 1 report, which is available through the link below, at its January 13, 2016, meeting. The report provides that BDO observed the meter reading process, obtained the billing data for each District customer for the time period November 1, 2014, through October 31, 2015, and ran diagnostic tests on the August and September 2015 billing cycles. The report states that no issues or exceptions were identified with the meter reading process and the billing system and procedures.

BDO has prepared a Phase 2 proposal, which provides for BDO to run full diagnostic tests for all billing cycles during the previous 24 months and issue a full report to the Board. The Board plans to consider the proposal at its next meeting in February.

The Board would like to thank all of the residents for your input regarding this important matter.

Click here for BDO’s Phase 1 report.