Our water is a finite resource and is getting more expensive and complex to protect and utilize. At this site you can learn more about the water you use and about your municipal utility district. You can find out how the district operates, the services it provides, and what you can do as a resident to help contain costs and make the best use of our resources.
In many areas of Texas, the management of water resources is handled through water districts, entities created under the Texas Water Code. Water districts have the authority to tax, borrow, and issue bonds. District activities are overseen by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which is charged with protecting our state’s human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. The Commission’s goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.
In much of the unincorporated area of Harris County, water is managed by Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs). MUDs are political subdivisions of the state authorized by TCEQ to provide water, sewage, drainage and other services within the MUD boundaries.
To fully understand both the financial and environmental costs of managing our water service, residents are encouraged to ask questions, educate themselves by utilizing the links and resources presented here, and actively participate in the processes which affect water management.
TCEQ maintains an informative web site at http://www.tceq.texas.gov. The site is a bit overwhelming at first, but here’s a good starting place for learning how Texas Water Districts work: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterdistricts/.
In addition, an online publication called Texas Water Districts: A General Guide, may also be helpful. Find it under the section titled “Financial Forms, Guides and Reporting Requirements” at: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterdistricts/rules-forms.html.
Harris County MUD #127 was originally established April 1, 1975. As a result of property development and annexation over the years, the District now covers 519 acres. As outlined in blue on the map below, the boundaries of the district are roughly as follows:
- On the east, Barker-Cypress Road
- On the west, Greenhouse Road
- On the south, Gummert / Old Greenhouse Road and Bear Creek
- On the north, a line just to the south of and parallel to West Little York
As of July 2021, there are approximately 2625 homes and six commercial establishments served by your Municipal Utility District. The homes are spread across six subdivisions:
- Brenwood Park
- Brenwood II (including Brenwood Trails)
- Brenwood Village
- Brenwood Circle
- Brenwood Manor
Primary responsibilities of the District are the management of the water supply that comes into your home and the waste water that comes out, plus solid waste disposal services. However, MUD 127 also engages security patrols for the district and is empowered by state law to pursue certain additional activities for the betterment of the community such as the establishment and maintenance of parks and green spaces.
MUD 127 is part of a larger governing body called the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA). Information about WHCRWA — whose charges show up on our water bills as “Regional Water Authority” — can be found at: www.whcrwa.com.
A Board of Directors manages the operations and business of MUD 127. This includes the selection of service providers, financial management, and establishment of policies. Learn more about MUD 127 Directors here.
The Board of Directors holds regular meetings, currently set for the second Monday of each month. District constituents, along with other members of the public, are invited to attend. Learn more about Board meetings at http://www.hcmud127.com/meetings/.
Under the Public Information Act (formerly known as the Open Records Act), members of the public may also make written requests for information to the Board of Directors. Requests of this type should be directed to the attorney for the district, Chris Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org). More on the Public Information Act at http://www.oag.state.tx.us/open/og_faqs.shtml.