HCMUD 168 residents, it is time to prepare for colder temperatures! There is a Freeze Watch in effect for Sunday night through Tuesday morning, February 14th – February 16, 2021. Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing levels overnight.
How can District residents prepare? Practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:
Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
Temperatures are predicted to be in the teens Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Bring your pets indoors.
Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.
Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.
Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.
Additionally, there are a few vehicle-safety tips to observe during winter weather:
Keep your gas tank full.
Have tire pressure checked.
Have a phone charger, first aid kit, blankets, and jumper cables in your car.
Your water bill will increase with the April billing cycle.
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) fees are going up effective April 1, 2020. This fee is charged to all water well owners in their jurisdiction, including Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 168 (District). This fee, or a portion of the fee, is passed on to the final consumer via a line item on the water bill. Currently, the fee charged by NHCRWA to the District is $3.85 per 1000 gallons of water pumped. The new fee will be $4.25 per 1000 gallons. This may increase your bill significantly, depending on how much water you use. As your fees are partially subsidized through your property taxes, your NHCRWA fee will be increasing from $2.95 to $3.35 (not $4.25) per 1000 gallons of water effective April 1, 2020.
The District’s charges for water use are not increasing. Only the line item on your bill relating to the NHCRWA fee is increasing.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Board of Directors. Remember that the Directors are residents of the District also and have to pay the same fees.
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019). Hurricanes.gov/Prepare