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 Fulshear.

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
Fort Bend County MUD No. 151's Reclaimed Water System

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 purposes only.

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 District.

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):
  • 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.
You may find answers to more Frequently Asked Questions on the website of the Texas Water Development Board.

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 email.

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