Water Conservation by the Yard

Water Conservation by the Yard

A Statewide Analysis of Outdoor Water

There is a lot of water to be saved from implementing more efficient landscape irrigation practices. Landscape irrigation is estimated to be the single, largest component of municipal water use, and municipal water use is the second largest use of water in Texas (Cabrera et al., 2013). Studies show that homeowners have a tendency to overwater landscapes by as much as two to three times the amount needed (Haley et al, 2007).


19 Candidates Vying for MUD Director Positions in Upcoming Election

2455 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, TX
281-367-1271 ext. 3
281-298-7216 fax


Early voting begins April 23; Election Day is May 5

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 28, 2018 – The 2018 election for the Municipal Utility Districts served by Woodlands Water includes 19 candidates in five MUDs.

Early voting is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, beginning April 23 and ending May 1. Election Day voting is Saturday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The location for early voting and election day voting is 2455 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.

In order to vote, you must live in the MUD and be registered to vote in the MUD.

Candidates for the upcoming elections are listed here in order of placement on the ballot:


  • Robert H. Leilich (i)
  • Daniel E. Lewis
  • Walter J. Lisiewski, Jr. (i)


  • Neil Gaynor
  • Deborah Sargeant (i)
  • Brooke Hamilton (i)

MUD 36

  • Sharon DeMarsais
  • John Yoars
  • Mamie Polk (i)

MUD 46

  • Karen Notarainni
  • Felicia Poe (i)
  • Jaydean Arnold Tullos
  • Mark Vonderau (i)
  • Marjorie Podzielinski (i)
  • Dan Adams

MUD 60

  • Sandra George (i)
  • Robert Lux (i)
  • W. Richard Stromatt (i)
  • James Barth

(i) = incumbent

For more information on the election process, please contact Sherry Pizzitola, the election judge, atFor more information on the election process, please contact Sherry Pizzitola, the election judge, at 281-367-1271, extension 6902.


WJPA Receives “Our Great Region” award from Houston-Galveston Area Council

Woodlands Water Receives “Our Great Region” award from Houston-Galveston Area Council

Woodlands Water received the 2017 “Our Great Region Award,” presented by The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) for the agency’s Defined Irrigation Schedule.

“Public participation is often cited as the foundation for successful planning projects,” said Jeff Taebel, Director of H-GAC’s Community and Environmental Planning. “Woodlands Water demonstrates that community organizations can work together to provide a meaningful participation process,” he added.

“The Our Great Region awards recognize outstanding projects in the Houston-Galveston Area Council 13-county region that advance the goals and strategies outlined in the Our Great Region 2040 Plan, which defines measurable goals for the region to be one of the world’s greatest places to live, work and succeed by the year 2040,” Taebel said.

“We are extremely pleased and honored with this award,” said James M. Stinson, P.E., General Manager of Woodlands Water. “You cannot place enough importance on having a reliable and sustainable drinking water supply. Water is essential in everything we do. This award is for all the residents of The Woodlands, our MUDS, The Woodlands Township and all the other supporters and promoters for this community to be a good steward of this vital resource.” Stinson added.

The award was presented in a ceremony at the H-GAC Four other organizations also received awards, including the City of Houston Bike Plan, the Bay City Community Development Corporation North Downtown Plan, the City of Rosenberg Seabourne Creek Park Nature Center and the Harris County/City of Pasadena Safe Routes to School Initiative.

H-GAC Presents The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency The Great Regions Award

H-GAC Presents Woodlands Water The Great Regions Award

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) presented the second annual Our Great Region Awards in December 2017 to recognize outstanding local projects that advance goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan.

Five local governments and organizations received awards across five categories, demonstrating innovative quality work focused on building a more vibrant Gulf Coast region.

The Awards Showcase highlights the 5 winners and recognizes their accomplishments as examples for others to follow.

To learn more about the winning projects take a look at the Our Great Region 2017 Showcase.

We are extremely pleased and honored with this award,” said James M. Stinson, P.E., General Manager of Woodlands Water. “This award is for all the residents of The Woodlands, our MUDS, The Woodlands Township and all the other organizations that help significantly in our dedication toward saving water, a vital resource.,” Stinson added. 

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Woodlands Water is a Toys for Tots official drop off point.

M-F 8:00 - 5:00 at 2255 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX.

For more information contact Shelley Lawson at 832-813-6901.


How to read your water meter

How to read your water meter

Water meters are probably the most misunderstood pieces of equipment in The Woodlands. Learning how to read your water meter can become a useful tool in managing your water use – and that can put more money in your pocket.

The meter measures how much water is delivered to your property and can help residents discover leaks and other water use.

How to find a meter

Meter boxes are located on the front property line. One meter box between two homes can share two meters, or separate meter boxes may be placed side by side.

Checking the meter

Since meter boxes are set into the ground, silt may have accumulated around the meter itself. There may also be debris, like leaves, inside the box. You will probably need a long screwdriver (to pop the lid cover off), and a wet rag (to clean the meter dial). Be careful of critters that may have taken up lodging inside the meter box. The water meter is the big bronze thing in the middle of the box. It may have a black hinged cover.

Flip open the cover. Find the large red sweep hand. This tells the number of gallons of water running through the meter.  When the sweep hand hits “1,” one gallon has run through the meter. When the sweep hand makes one full circle, 10 gallons have passed through the meter. This is only for 5/8 inch meters. Larger meters are different.

A small red triangle sits to the left of the sweep hand. If the triangle is moving, but the sweep hand is still, a small bit of water is still flowing into the property. That could mean you have a leak somewhere.

There is also an odometer-like display on the meter. The fixed number on the meter is a “0.” This is a place holder.  The number describes the total amount of water used since the meter was installed. For instance, if the meter reads “159325,” (remember to add the zero at the end)  then 1,593,250 gallons have flowed through the meter.

Meter flow check

Next, turn off everything that uses water in the home. This includes faucets, dishwashers, water treatment systems and irrigation sprinklers. Double check outdoor spigots and shower heads. Check under kitchen and bathroom sinks for leaks. Do not use any water during this check.

Record the number on the “odometer.” Wait 20 minutes. Record the numbers again. Subtract the first number from the second. If you get a zero, you’re in great shape. However, if you get a zero and the small red triangle is still moving, you are using a small amount of water somewhere on the property. If could be a leaking faucet or a running toilet. It could be a leak somewhere else that is not obvious. Remember, even the smallest amount of water use, say from a dripping faucet, can use up to 5,000 gallons a month.

Sometimes, the meter box may be filled with water. To solve this problem and make an accurate reading, meter readers use a long tube of clear plastic with a clear plastic bottom.  They put the scope right against the meter face. Homeowners can use the same technique to read their own meter. Simply take a clear tumbler and place the bottom on the meter. Look through the mouth of the tumbler. This will allow you to see the meter face clearly.

Who is responsible?

Homeowners are responsible for maintaining their systems from the water meter to the house, and of course, inside the house.

A vital resource

Safe drinking water is a vital resource, with finite availability. The Woodlands is being used by the rest of the state as an example of water conservation, and for the most part, residents of The Woodlands have been proactive in supporting water conservation efforts.

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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