Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 151 (the "District") is a municipal utility
district created in 2004 by order of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The District
contains approximately 1,405 acres of land and is located in northern Fort Bend
County approximately 30 miles west of downtown Houston. The District
is located wholly within the exclusive extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of
The District has constructed and operates water, sanitary sewer, drainage, park, and fire
protection facilities to serve
Firethorne, a master planned community.
Notice to Firethorne Residents
In an effort to conserve water, especially during droughts, and reduce expenses and the
contribution to subsidence, Fort Bend County MUD No. 151 (the "District") has begun
construction of a reclaimed water system that will irrigate portions of the District's
extensive public green space. The District intends to use the reclaimed water for irrigation
Fort Bend County MUD No. 151's Reclaimed Water System
Currently, much of the water pumped out of the ground makes it through the District's s
system and returns as wastewater to the District's wastewater treatment plant. At the
wastewater treatment plant, the wastewater is treated to strict environmental standards
and released as standard treated effluent into nearby bayous and rivers. Rather than
treating the wastewater and returning it to the bayous and rivers, the reclaimed water
system will treat the standard effluent to even higher standards and will allow the District
to capture the treated wastewater from the wastewater treatment plant and reuse the water
to irrigate public green space within Firethorne.
To ensure its safety for irrigation use in areas where the public and wildlife are present,
the reclaimed water system will filter and treat effluent from the wastewater treatment
plant to meet the requirements of Type I Reclaimed Water, which are stringent environmental
quality standards. The Texas Administrative Code, administered by the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (the "TCEQ"), provides guidelines for the quality, design and operational
requirements for the beneficial use of reclaimed water.
Phase I of the Reclaimed Water System is currently under construction and will provide irrigation
to the District's public green space in the area shown generally on
this exhibit. As part
of phase 1, ground storage tanks, which will hold the treated wastewater, are being constructed
at the wastewater treatment plant. The treated wastewater will then be transported through a
new pumping system to irrigate portions of the District's green space.
Water is becoming more and more expensive and the District is under a mandate to reduce the
District's groundwater usage. The North Fort Bend Water Authority (the "Authority"), in order
to fund water delivery infrastructure to deliver surface water to areas within its boundaries,
imposes fees on the well owners/municipal utility districts within the Authority's boundaries
based on the amount of groundwater pumped by their wells or the amount of surface water received
by the Authority. The Authority charges the District a fee for each 1,000 gallons of groundwater
withdrawn by the District (the District does not currently receive surface water). The Authority's
groundwater fee is currently $2.45 per 1,000 gallons of groundwater pumped and is expected to
continue to increase (the surface water fee is currently $2.80 per 1,000 gallons). Using reclaimed
water, rather than groundwater, for irrigation will reduce the fees imposed by the Authority.
For every 1,000 gallons of reclaimed water that the District uses for irrigation, it avoids the
NFBWA's pumpage fees, which, in turn, will help lessen the financial burden on residents. Over
time, the reclaimed water system will provide significant cost savings for the residents of the
Water is a precious resource, and the District is working hard to ensure clean, potable, and
affordable water is available for its residents. Implementing this reclaimed water program helps
ensure a more stable water supply and better use of our water resources.
Frequently Asked Questions (provided by the Texas Water Development Board):
You may find answers to more Frequently Asked Questions on the website of the
Texas Water Development Board.
- What is reclaimed water?
As defined in the Texas Administrative Code, "Reclaimed water is domestic or municipal
wastewater which has been treated to a quality suitable for beneficial use." Also known
as recycled water or reuse water.
- Is reclaimed water the same as greywater?
No, reclaimed water is not the same as greywater which is untreated, non-toilet, and
household water including water from sinks, showers, and baths.
- Does reclaimed water look and smell the same as regular tap water?
Because reclaimed water is required to meet state-established water quality standards, it
does not look any different than tap water. However, some people report a slight chlorine
odor in the water similar to that present in swimming pools.
Should you have any questions about the District's Reclaimed Water System or would like
additional information, please submit your questions or inquiries to the District by
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