Notice of Groundwater Reduction Plan Fiscal Year 2023

Rates for Participants
Effective September 1, 2022

July 6, 2022

Dear Participants,

On Monday, June 20, 2022, the GRP Review Committee voted to recommend adoption of a proposed GRP Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Budget, which will require rate increases and amendments to the GRP’s Rate Order for Participants. The motion passed with 3 votes in favor, and 2 against.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the GRP Review Committee’s recommended budget and Rate Order was presented to and adopted by the San Jacinto River Authority’s (SJRA) Board of Directors. The amended GRP Rate Order is available on SJRA’s website at www.SJRA.net/GRP under the “Information Library” and “Rates” tab. We recommend that you review and become familiar with the amended GRP Rate Order.

Based on rising inflation costs for products and services, such as chemicals and electricity, the GRP Review Committee approved a 4% increase. Effective September 1, 2022, the Pumpage Fee and Import Fee will increase from the current rate of $2.88/1,000 gallons to $2.99/1,000 gallons, and the Surface Water Fee will increase from the current rate of $3.30/1 ,000 gallons to $3.41/1,000 gallons. Thesc fees generate the revenues necessary to pay for the operation and maintenance of the GRP facilities and to fund debt service. SJRA strives to effectively manage the costs of operation and maintenance of the GRP facilities so that the lowest responsible fees are adopted under the Rate Order.

Formal adoption of the GRP Division’s Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Budget will be presented and considered for approval at the SJRA Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2022. An additional notice will be sent to GRP Participants following the SJRA Board of Directors approval of the GRP Division’s Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Budget.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact GRP Division staff by telephone at (936) 588-1662.

Sincerely,

Chris Meeks
GRP Administrator
San Jacinto River Authority

Stage 1 – Voluntary Water Use Restrictions

Voluntarily Reduce Water Use and Irrigation:

  • Outdoor watering shall be between the hours of 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – midnight.
  • Even-Numbered Address: Water on even-numbered days.
  • Odd-Numbered Address: Water on odd-numbered days.
  • No Address:
    • North and West side of Street: Water on even-numbered days.
    • South and East Side of Street: Water on odd-numbered days.

How To Prevent Stormwater Pollution

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, debris and other potential pollutants.

What is the problem?

Rain and snowmelt wash pollutants from streets, construction sites, and land into storm sewers and ditches. Eventually, the storm sewers and ditches empty the polluted stormwater directly into streams and rivers without prior purification or treatment. This is stormwater pollution.
Polluted stormwater degrades our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other waterways. Nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen can cause the overgrowth of algae, resulting in oxygen depletion in waterways. Toxic substances from motor vehicles and careless application of pesticides and fertilizers threaten water quality and can kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes and improper connections to storm sewer systems can make lakes and waterways unsafe for wading, swimming and fish consumption. Eroded soil is a pollutant as well. It clouds the waterway and interferes with the habitat of fish and plant life.

Tips to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

  • Cover and contain topsoil and mulch during installation.
  • Pick up animal waste.
  • Reconsider using toxic asphalt sealers, seal cracks only.
  • Do not drain swimming pools into storm drains or road ditches.
  • Reduce winter salt application.
  • Compost or mulch leaves and yard debris rather than hauling to dumps.
  • Dispose of automotive fluids appropriately.
  • Remove litter from streets, sidewalks, and stormgates adjacent to your property.
  • Sweep litter and debris from driveways and parking lots rather than hosing debris into storm drains.
  • Water the lawn, not the sidewalk and driveway.
  • Reduce paved surfaces.
  • Triple rinse and recycle empty pesticide and fertilizer containers.
  • Avoid using chemicals near waterways or storm drains.
  • Clean up spills immediately and properly dispose of cleanup materials.
  • Avoid spraying pesticides/fertilizers in windy conditions or when rain is in the forecast.
  • Fill pesticide/fertilizer tanks on a gravel surface, away from storm drains, sewers or ditches.

How To Prevent Stormwater Pollution (PDF)

Best Trash Holiday Schedule

Please note service times will likely be later than usual with the additional holiday volume.

Service Schedule

  • Saturday, December 25, 2021: No services provided. Service will resume on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, for trash collection.
  • Wednesday, December 29, 2021: Normal services provided.
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022: No services provided. Service will resume on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, for trash collection.
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022: Normal services provided.

Office Hours

  • Friday, December 24th – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 25th – CLOSED
  • Friday, December 31, 2021 – 9:00 am – Noon
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022 – CLOSED

Fire Hydrant Flow Testing on July 7th

The Southern Montgomery County Fire Department will be flow testing fire hydrants throughout the District for ISO insurance ratings on July 7th.

This flow testing might cause discolored water. There is no reason for concern. Please flush your faucets for 15 minutes. If it does not clear up, please contact Municipal Operations & Consulting at 281-367-5511.

Fire Hydrant Flow Testing

The Southern Montgomery County Fire Department will be flow testing fire hydrants throughout the District for ISO insurance ratings on Monday, June 28th, and Tuesday, June 29th.

This flow testing might cause discolored water. There is no reason for concern. Please flush your faucets for 15 minutes. If it does not clear up, please contact Municipal Operations & Consulting at 281-367-5511.