We know living in Texas, water conservation can be inherently more difficult during the summer months and that’s why the EPA and the Texas Water Development Board has published water savings tips that will not only show you how to help conserve water, but also help you conserve cost.
Maximize the use of natural vegetation and establish smaller lawns. For portions of your lot where a lawn and landscaping are desired, ask your local nursery for tips about plants and grasses with low water demand (such as creeping fescue). Consider planting more trees, shrubs, ground covers, and less grass. Shrubs and ground covers provide greenery for much of the year and usually demand less water. Use native plants in flower beds. Native plants have adapted to rainfall conditions in Texas and often provide good wildlife habitat. Cluster plants that require extra care together to minimize time and save water.
When mowing your lawn, set the mower blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil improving moisture retention, has more leaf surface to take in sunlight, allowing it to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system. This helps grass survive drought, tolerate insect damage and fend off disease.
Only water the lawn when necessary. If you water your lawn and garden, only do it once a week, if rainfall isn’t sufficient. Avoid watering on windy and hot days. Water the lawn and garden in the morning or late in the evening to maximize the amount of water which reaches the plant roots (otherwise most of the water will evaporate). Use soaker hoses to water gardens and flower beds. If sprinklers are used, take care to be sure they don’t water walkways and buildings. When you water, put down no more than 1 inch (set out an empty cans to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch) each week. This watering pattern will encourage more healthy, deep grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in the growth of shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought and foot traffic. If an automatic lawn irrigation system is used, be sure it has been properly installed, is programmed to deliver the appropriate amount and rate of water, and has rain shut-off capability.
Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
Add compost or an organic matter to soil as necessary, to improve soil conditions and water retention.
Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container (to prevent mosquito larvae growth).
When washing a car, wet it quickly, then use a bucket of water to wash the car. Turn on the hose to final rinse (or let mother nature wash your car when it rains).
Always use a broom to clean walkways, driveways, decks and porches, rather than hosing off these areas.
Northwest Park Municipal Utility District continually undertakes projects to improve and maintain the water supply and wastewater collection facilities in the district. See current and future projects below:
Northwest Park, Sections Six & Seven Sanitary Sewer Cleansing & Televising Description: The Sanitary Sewer Collection system within Northwest Park, Sections Six & Seven are being scheduled for a cleansing and televising. Video footage will show if there is are significant repairs needed due to the age of the pipe, including protruding roots, debris and grease deposits that block a portion of the flow, decreasing the capacity within the line. Status: Project is under design Start Date: November 2020 Completion Date: February 2021
Water Plant No. 5 Description: The District is actively looking for a site to construct Water Plant No. 5. This plant will consist of a water well, ground storage tank, hydropneumatic tanks, booster pumps and a control building. Status: In discussion with various land owners Start Date: Unknown Completion Date: Unknown
Northwest Park, Sections Six & Seven Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Description: The Sanitary Sewer Collection system within Northwest Park, Sections Six & Seven are being scheduled for a cleansing and televising. Video footage will show if there is are significant repairs needed due to the age of the pipe, including protruding roots, debris and grease deposits that block a portion of the flow, decreasing the capacity within the line.
Once the line televising is complete, the rehabilitation will proceed. Status: Awaiting completion of televising Start Date: Mid 2021 Completion Date: Late 2021
Marketplace @ 249 Description: A 34-acre commercial development has been completed for multiple commercial properties. Developments are anticipated to include grocery stores, fast food restaurants, banks, and retail centers. Utility and drainage construction has been completed.
Commercial developments are actively looking at the site for development. Status: Complete
Fallbrook Drive Lighting Description: The District worked with Harris County and Centerpoint Energy to provide street lighting along Fallbrook Drive. Status: Complete
Northwest Park MUD has employed a special Team of Harris County Law Enforcement Officers to assist each community within our District with additional Security Patrol. This is a special team of undercover Officers that work part time hours and they drive their personal automobiles; each officer is fully uniformed & armed and able to blend in as a regular homeowner that allows them to be undetected by the bad guys. Community Leaders that reside in the District are urged to contact Michael Broussard (email@example.com) for detailed information on how to coordinate this elite Patrol Team to piggy-back your current Crime Prevention activity in your Community.
The board of directors of Northwest Park Municipal Utility District (the “District”) has implemented a cooperative effort to support the renewal and development of recreational facilities serving residents of the District. The District has appropriated $15,000 for each homeowner’s association (“HOA”) located within the District which may be utilized for any of the following HOA approved projects:
Public right-of-way beautification projects
Recreational equipment and facilities
Interested HOAs may submit a description of their proposed project by email to District board member Sherri Whitlow-Lee, or contact her for additional information: