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New study links aquifer pumping to fault line movement, structure damage in Montgomery County

A new report released by Southern Methodist University has linked the over pumping of water from aquifers to the movement of fault lines causing damage to structures across Montgomery County.

“We have been arguing this for years,” said San Jacinto River Authority General Manager Jace Houston. “This study puts it all together in one report. It concludes as groundwater declines the resulting subsidence is triggering the fault movement.”

According to the study — which was funded by NASA and SMU — “fault activation appears to be related to excessive groundwater exploitation from the Jasper aquifer in Montgomery County.”

Montgomery County is part of the Gulf Coast Aquifer which consists of several aquifers including the Jasper, Evangeline and Chicot.

Groundwater withdrawal from the Jasper aquifer has been increasing since 2000 as urban growth spreads northward, especially the extensive urban development in Montgomery County. The study notes that continued pumping of water from the aquifer is causing fault line movement which is linked to structural damage.

Most notable in Montgomery County was a 2012 lawsuit filed by The Woodlands Township Director Gordy Bunch against The Woodlands Development Co., claiming his home’s location on a fault line had cause so much damage the home value dropped from $1.2 million to $200,000 according to the Montgomery Central Appraisal District.

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WoodlandsWater Thanks Biff Picone for His Service

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct. 16, 2019 — The board of Montgomery County MUD No. 47 bid farewell to longtime friend and director Biff Picone on Tuesday. Biff resigned from the MUD 47 board to begin retirement in a new home on Lake Travis in the Hill Country. Director Picone was elected in May 1988 and served as president since October 1992.  Jim Stinson, general manager of WoodlandsWater, presented Biff with a plaque for his continued dedication and service to MUD 47.

Photo: MUD No. 47 board members Jennifer Ronk, Anthony Cardiel, Arthur Bredehoft, Paul Brown, and Laura Norton.

Woodlands Water Thanks Biff Picone for His Service

WJPA Changes Name to The Woodlands Water Agency

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February 27, 2019 - 10 MUDs in The Woodlands unanimously approve ‘Woodlands Water’ campaign

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 27, 2019 – The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency, the central management agency for the 10 Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) that oversee water service operations for The Woodlands, announced an agreement today to rename the organization to The Woodlands Water Agency.

According to Woodlands Water General Manager James M. Stinson, the decision to rename is part of a larger rebranding strategy for the organization and a forthcoming marketing campaign called “Woodlands Water” which will serve to better communicate the organization’s services and benefits to the community.

Stinson said, “Focus groups revealed that most residents of The Woodlands are not aware of the WJPA, do not understand what services the WJPA performs for the MUDs, and think the current WJPA name is confusing and not descriptive enough to convey the true purpose of the organization.”

After reviewing the focus group data and listening to input from members of an ad hoc committee, the 10 MUDs of The Woodlands unanimously supported changing the name of WJPA to The Woodlands Water Agency, developing a new logo for the organization, and rebranding its marketing materials to reflect the new name and positioning of the organization.

Hallaron Advertising, a full-service advertising agency based in The Woodlands, will partner with WJPA to spearhead the “Woodlands Water” marketing campaign.

About Woodlands Water

Woodlands Water is the central management agency for the 10 Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) that serve The Woodlands in Montgomery County. The services we provide are water distribution, wastewater collection, storm drainage and tax collection services. The principal objective of Woodlands Water is to provide the MUDs we serve with professional, reliable and quality services consistent with fiscal responsibility. We are also committed to improving our efficiency and effectiveness at maintaining the utility infrastructure and enhancing communication with our customers.

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Flushing of Woodlands Water Distribution System Set to Begin Feb. 4

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 28, 2019 – Woodlands Water has scheduled a flushing of the water distribution system for the Municipal Utility Districts serving The Woodlands, including:

  • The Woodlands MUD No. 1
  • Montgomery County MUD Nos. 6, 7, 36, 39, 46, 47, 60, and 67
  • The Woodlands Metro Center MUD

According to Woodlands Water Deputy General Manager Michael O. Mooney, P.E., the flushing is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 4, 2019, and will take approximately eight to 10 weeks to complete.

Flushing of a water distribution system is a normal maintenance procedure recommended by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Each flushing value (fire hydrant) in the water distribution system will be opened and allowed to flow water for a short period of time.

Naturally occurring minerals in the water, such as iron, will be agitated during the flushing process and may be observed to cause a temporary reddish or brown coloring in the water. The coloring results from oxidation of naturally occurring dissolved iron in the water and does not affect the suitability of the water for drinking. However, if you observe the reddish or brown coloring of water, please open faucets to flush out the water and do not wash clothes until the coloring dissipates.

If you have questions regarding the proposed flushing program, please contact the customer service division of Woodlands Water at 855-H2o-SAVE (855-426-7283).

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Friendly Tax Deadline Reminder...

Your 2018 MUD Property Taxes are due by January 31, 2019. Please ensure they are postmarked on or before January 31, 2019. Payments postmarked February 1, 2019 or later will incur penalties and interest. Thank you.

Backflow preventers necessary for water safety

Backflow preventers necessary for water safety

By Bob Dailey, Woodlands Water

We all take the water we drink, bathe in, or prepare food with, for granted. We assume that the water will always be clean and safe to drink. There is, however, a hidden risk that many people don’t give enough attention to – backflow preventers.

Occasionally, situations take place that can impair the quality of drinking water. One common occurrence is the breaking of a private water supply line or a public water main. When something like this happens, water that is polluted or that may contain harmful contaminants can backflow into the potable system, threatening the quality of our drinking water.

Backflow is generally caused by changes in water pressure. For instance, if a water main breaks or a fire hydrant is activated for fire suppression, pressure goes down and this can cause water to flow opposite of the direction it was meant to travel. That means if your irrigation system is connected to your house piping - soil, fecal bacteria and other contaminants that have entered the irrigation heads and piping can “backflow” into your home drinking water, and perhaps into the public water system.

Here’s a true event reported by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: While mixing a batch of pesticide, a worker pushed a garden hose into the tank until it touched the bottom. Nearby, city utility workers opened a flush valve, releasing a large flow of water from a water main. Where the worker was mixing the pesticide, the water pressure dropped, and the flow in the hose reversed. Water and pesticides flowed from the pesticide tank back through the hose and into the water lines of the residence.

Fortunately, the worker mixing the pesticide realized the danger and alerted the utility workers, who closed the flush valve before the contamination reached the city’s distribution line. Still, good water and time were wasted.

The solution to this risk is to have a backflow preventer installed. TCEQ requires homeowners with external hose bib connections, irrigation systems and most commercial buildings to have one. Regular tests and inspections insure that your household plumbing and the public supply is protected.

Residents should install backflow devices on hoses bibs. Especially those used for drip irrigation or hose head sprinklers. The same opposite flow can occur if there is a drop in pressure. These hose backflow preventers are simple, inexpensive devices that provide the same protection.

The Woodlands Water Agency

The Woodlands Water Agency

2455 Lake Robbins Dr
The Woodlands TX 77380
855-H2o-SAVE (855-426-7283)

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