Superior Public Water System Designation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) and its water utility operator, Environmental Development Partners (EDP), take great pride in providing District residents with quality drinking water through the operation of a reliable and compliant public water system as required by the State of Texas.  All Texas water supply systems are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) which inspects and evaluates the construction and operation of public water systems.

TCEQ recognizes overall excellence in the operation of a public water system by designating a system as “Superior” if a system meets the stringent criteria set forth by the TCEQ.  To earn this designation, a system must meet and maintain a higher set of standards than are required of all public water systems. These standards, including excelled efforts in protecting public health, ensuring reliable operations and water supply for the system’s customers, compliance with regulatory requirements and environmental stewardship, are required to be deemed “Superior.”  In fact, at the end of 2015, only approximately 13% of community water systems in Texas had achieved a ”Superior” ranking, according to State records.

FBCMUD146 is proud to have earned this “Superior” designation beginning in 2015.  The District, through its operator, provides service to approximately 1900 homes, multi-family units and commercial properties within its boundaries.

Update: Oyster Creek Trail Expansion and Installation of New Pedestrians Bridges

The location of the expanded trail has been flagged and is currently being cut for the placement of the concrete forms. The location for the new trail was selected in an effort to balance privacy for adjacent homeowners while complying with criteria and standards required by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), who provided grant funding, and other entities with jurisdiction in the area. Other location considerations included minimizing damage to existing vegetation, access by mowers and maintenance equipment, and the potential for high water events. The additional one mile of trail will meander along the creek through the native trees providing residents with enhanced strolling, walking, and running opportunities.

The contractor on the project will move from the east bank to the west bank in the next few days as they work cutting the location for forms. Contingent upon weather, concrete pouring may begin as early as the end of next week. Demolition of the western most bridge is nearing completion and the other bridge will remain open until the new west bridge is complete. The prefabricated bridges are on order and delivery is expected in approximately 10 weeks. Installation will take place upon delivery.

The map shows the existing trail and bridge locations, and the expanded trail and new bridge locations. It also identifies access points and provides the trail distances for Oyster Creek and Long Lake Trails (the lake by the recreation and welcome centers).

For questions or comments about this project or other District matters email the District at the following link: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

Oyster Creek Trail Map

Lawn Care and Stormwater

Proper lawn care can go a long way to prevent unnecessary stormwater pollution in your community. Helpful hints include:

  • Take care not to overwater your lawn
  • Avoid disposal of clippings, debris, or anything other than Stormwater into the Storm Drains
  • Minimize use of Fertilizers and Pesticides and follow all application instructions

Grass clippings and debris can clog drains and cause stormwater back-ups and flooding. Here are a few places for your trimmings:

  • Sweep, collect, and bag grass clippings and leaves
  • Blow grass clippings back onto the lawn where they can become a mulch and natural fertilizer
  • Rake or blow leaves into a compost pile, where they can decompose

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Lawn Care and Storm Water Pollution Brochure (PDF)

Full Phase 2 Report from 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 time frame, 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.

BDO completed its full Phase 2 report, which is available through the link below. No significant issues were identified.

The Board would like to thank all of the residents for your participation and feedback throughout this process.

BDO’s Phase 2 Report

Oyster Creek Trail Expansion and Installation of New Pedestrian Bridges

Dust off your tennis shoes because one of the best amenities in the District is about to get even better! It is the expansion of the Oyster Creek Trail and installation of new clear span pedestrian bridges along Oyster Creek. The project, which received grant funding from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will begin this spring with the addition of one more mile of trail and the replacement of existing pedestrian bridges with three (3) new bridges.

Flagging the trail location in the field, ordering the new bridges and demolishing the existing bridges will be the first order of business prior to construction of the new trail beginning. It is anticipated that the project will take approximately six (6) months to complete once the contractor receives a notice to proceed.

The map shows the existing trail and bridge locations, and the expanded trail and new bridge locations. It also identifies access points and provides the trail distances for Oyster Creek and Long Lake Trails (the lake by the recreation and welcome centers).

For questions or comments about this project or other District matters email the District at the following link: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

Oyster Creek Trail Map

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.