- All detectible water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours of discovery.
- All Outdoor irrigation shall be limited to no more than two (2) days per week and may be limited to (1) day per week. Outdoor irrigation shall be permitted between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day in conformity with the following schedule (no watering on Mondays).
- Sundays and/or Thursdays for single family residential customers with even-numbered addresses;
- Saturdays and/or Wednesdays for single family residential customers with odd-numbered street addresses; and
- Tuesdays and/or Fridays for all other customers
Compliance with the above requirements is mandatory.
Due to the issues at the City of Houston’s NEWPP, the Authority is experiencing difficulties in meeting the high demand under the extreme weather conditions. The Authority is implementing Stage 1 of our Drought Contingency Plan immediately. The Authority’s Drought Contingency Plan request that any customer receiving water from the Authority or well owner whose well is included under the Authority’s Harris-Galveston Subsidence District aggregate water well permit:
Check for and repair all leaks, dripping faucets, and running toilets.
- Utilize water conservation measures such as displacement bags, low-flow shower heads and leak detection tablets. Additional water conservation tips can be found at www.irrygator.com;
- Limit irrigation to no more than two days per week, between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. following the schedules below:
- Sundays and Thursdays for single family residential customers with even-numbered street addresses.
- Saturdays and Wednesdays for single family residential customers with odd-numbered street addresses.
- Tuesdays and Fridays for all other customers.
- No watering on Mondays.
Compliance to the above recommendations is voluntary.
The District has begun a project to replace all existing water meters with digital meters over a period of 2-3 years. The operator (EDP) began installing Badger Meter digital meters in 2022 with plans to generally replace the oldest meters first. EDP will notify each customer before their meter is replaced and leave a notice on the homeowner’s door when work is completed.
Digital meters allow customers to view and manage their water usage within hours by providing water consumption data in hourly intervals. The meters promote customer awareness of leaks and water consumption and allow active engagement in water conservation and leak prevention efforts. The meters have the ability to create alerts for potential leaks with no need to wait for notification from the utility or a high water bill to take action.
Customer consumption data will be accessible through Badger Meter’s EyeOnWater web portal and smartphone app. The app allows the customer to connect to their water utility account and see their latest water usage, detect leaks, and easily contact EDP.
Instructions to set up an EyeOnWater account can be found on the door hanger left after installation or www.edpwater.com/smlfud or by calling EDP at 832-467-1599.
The District successfully addressed a number of challenges and completed projects during the year to improve infrastructure condition, ensure reliability, and enhance resiliency. Significant projects and accomplishments are summarized in the 2022 Engineering Summary.
There is no boil water notice in effect for Lake Forest Utility District residents or businesses. The City of Houston has issued a Boil Water Notice for their water system and other systems effected by the City’s issue. While local media (and social media) are reporting boil water notices for the City and those other Water Districts in our area, these notices do not pertain to Lake Forest Utility District receivers, as the District maintains independent water production facilities. Again, Lake Forest Utility District is not currently under a Boil Water Notice.
In the event a Boil Water Notice needs to be issued for our community, notification will be provided. For immediate and up-to-date 24/7 information, you can always reach out to EDP’s 24-hour Customer Service line at (832) 467-1599.
The LAKE FOREST UTILITY DISTRICT will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2022 on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7:00PM at 11450 Compaq Center Drive STE 660, Houston, TX 77070. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners.
Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property.
The LAKE FOREST UTILITY DISTRICT will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2021 on Tuesday, October 19,2021 at 7:00 PM at 14223 Lakewood Forest Dr, Houston, Texas, 77070. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners.
Annual Water and Sewer Collections and Expenses
Lake Forest Utility District (the District) authorized AEI Engineering, a Baxter & Woodman Company (AEI) to perform a Water and Sewer Rate Analysis to determine representative costs of providing water and sewer services, as well as other general District operating expenses. Using data from the most recent 12-month period (July 2019 through June 2020), the analysis determined representative annual operating expenses for the water and sewer systems; overall administrative and management costs for the District generally were allocated evenly between water and wastewater costs. North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) fees (collections and District expense) were evaluated independently.
2020 Water and Sewer Rate Analysis
Lake Forest Utility District (the District) authorized AEI Engineering, a Baxter & Woodman Company (AEI) to perform a Water and Sewer Rate Analysis at their regular meeting on July 21, 2020.
Using data from the 12-month period of July 2019 through June 2020, the analysis determined representative annual operating expenses for the water and sewer systems, cost per 1,000 gallons to
produce water and sewer services, water usage by connection type, Equivalent Single-Family Connections (ESFCs) by connection type, and maintenance tax per ESFC. Capital expenditures during
the analysis period were significantly higher than typical years. Therefore, a 5-year analysis was performed using data from 2015 to 2019 to determine the capital expenditure cost per 1,000 gallons of water billed.
Beginning January 2021, it will be necessary to increase Lake Forest Utility District’s (LFUD) monthly sewer rate from $10/month to $20/month and to increase the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) fees by 10%. The NHCRWA fee is based on raw well water pumped from the aquifer and not the actual amount of treated water billed to the customer. This will be LFUD’s first increase in water and sewer rates since 1996.
In June 2020, LFUD commissioned our engineering firm, AEI Engineering, to perform an analysis of our current water and sewer production costs and the revenue received from current tax, water, and sewer rates along with the fees associated with the NHCRWA. The analysis showed LFUD is currently collecting 91 % of the cost to provide water, 59% of the sewer costs, and about 90% of the fees assessed to LFUD by the NHCRWA.
Based on AEl’s analysis, the Board determined that the majority of the costs for sewer and water could be recovered by adding $10/month to the sewer rate only. The NHCRWA revenue shortfall could be corrected by adding a 10% surcharge to the NHCRWA assessment. The 10% surcharge will recover the cost of water lost from main breaks and water flushed from fire hydrants, etc.
Through prudent management, LFUD has paid off all outstanding bonds but has a $0.245/$100 valuation Operation & Maintenance Tax. Our evaluation has found that LFUD has the lowest water and sewer rates and O & M taxes compared to neighboring districts after the January 2021 increase is implemented.