Your morning cup of coffee's cost in Champion
Forest is going up! Your automatic
sprinkler's cost to keep your lawn green and
your yard beautiful is going up! Your
morning shower's cost is going up!
On April 1st and this is not an April's Fool
joke, North Harris County Regional Water
Authority increased our Public Utility
District's water fees by 25 cents per 1000
gallons for both our well water and our surface
water. Our PUD passed the increased cost
through to us. Our water cost is now 11%
Why is this happening?
Harris - Galveston Coastal Subsidence District
was created by the Texas Legislature in 1975 to
regulate groundwater withdrawal to minimize land
subsidence that leads to increased flooding.
In 1999 North Harris County Regional Water
Authority (NHCRWA) was created by the Texas
Legislature with a primary mission to carry out
the Subsidence District’s mandate by
converting hundreds of Municipal Utility
Districts (MUD’s) from reliance on ground water
to surface water from Lake Houston. The plan
has a three phase project timeline.
How is all of this paid for?
NHCRWA does not have taxing powers. Their
work is paid for exclusively by the sale of
revenue bonds. The bonds are paid for by the
collection of pumpage fees applied to the
existing wells and surface water pumped by the
authority to each utility district within the
authority service area. The NHCRWA bills
these fees to the utility districts,
which recover the costs by passing them onto
their residents through their water bills.
Since the authority’s creation, the Cypress
Forest PUD’s well pumpage fees have continuously
2000-2009: Fees from wells ranged from $0.25
to $1.50/1000 gals
2010 - $1.75/1000 gals (Well pumpage) +
$2.20/1000 gals for surface water pumpage to
March 31, 2014.
April 1, 2014 – To fund the 2025 expansion,
a pumpage fee increase of $0.25 cents to
$2.00/1000 gals (for Wells) + $2.45/1000
gals for surface water.
How does this effect us?
Cypress Forest PUD revised rates are the
• $15.00 (min)
• $3.95/1000 18,001-25,000
Over 40,000 gallons
great thanks goes to Greg who presented this
PowerPoint at the Annual HOA meeting.
Let's hope it rains as nearly 50% of our water
usage is for our lawns.