Towne Lake Teamwork At Its Best

What do Caldwell Companies, the Heritage Homeowner’s Association and Harris County MUD 501 all have in common?  They are presently working together to bring about one of Towne Lake’s newest residential development projects which will be located along the south shoreline of Towne Lake, adjacent to the Heritage, Towne Lake’s prestigious over 55 active adult community. This development will eventually result in ninety-two new homes being added to the Heritage.  But there’s an interesting back story on how this all came about.

So, what makes this project unique from others within Towne Lake?  First of all this particular tract of land was originally owned by Lone Star College, but after several years of discussion and negotiations Caldwell Companies purchased it in 2019. Acquiring this valuable piece of property on the lake was a win for Caldwell Companies.

But what about the other entities involved in this project?  Under Lone Star’s ownership MUD 501 received no tax revenue for the property. Once Caldwell Companies fully develops the property, MUD 501 (which will build, own and maintain the water, sewer and drainage facilities) will receive a new stream of tax revenue that should help to reduce the tax rate for all MUD 501 tax payers over the long term.  A win for MUD 501 and its taxpayers.

After the property was acquired, Caldwell Companies began a discussion with the Heritage community to annex this property into its boundaries. Caldwell Companies felt residential land use harmonious with the Heritage was the best use of the land. This was not a simple exercise as any type of annexation requires approval from a vote of Heritage residents. There were many questions presented by Heritage residents to both Caldwell Companies representatives and the Heritage HOA board, and after several community wide meetings the residential vote passed decisively and the annexation was approved.  These new homes will be good for the Heritage for several reasons, including the addition of a new set of neighbors and additional HOA fees that can be used by the Heritage for improvements or HOA fee reductions. A win for Heritage residents.

The land plan for the property has been submitted for approval from Harris County and the City of Houston, streets have been named and infrastructure construction activities should begin soon with new home construction following in the first quarter of 2021.  This is a win-win-win for all of the entities involved, and a great example of how focused leadership and teamwork can help continue making Towne Lake the premier residential community in Cypress, Texas.

Wildlife Management in Harris County MUD 500 Lakes

On July 28, 2020, MUD 500 received a report of a sighting of an alligator in the southern portion of MUD 500’s lakes, east of the Greenhouse Road Bridge and behind San Solomon Springs Court. MUD 500 immediately notified its wildlife management contractor of the sighting and directed the trapper to actively monitor for an alligator and, if one is located, to immediately remove it upon obtaining the required nuisance permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

MUD 500 continues to request that residents report any sightings of alligators to its operator, Environmental Development Partners, at (832) 467-1599. MUD 500 encourages your district to share this information with your residents. Please visit MUD 500’s website, at http://www.hcmud500.org, for additional information.

Save Money by Saving Water on Your Landscape Watering

Landscape watering is the largest consumer of water.

Spring is the time to turn your sprinkler system on. Before you do, you need to make sure that the components of your sprinkler system are working properly.

  1. Check the controller to make sure the number of days you water is correct and that the length of time each station runs meets the needs of the plants that are being watered. If you see water running down the street during or after you water your lawn you need to shorten the amount of time you are watering each station.
  2. Check for broken pipes in your system by looking for pooling water or soft wet spots in your yard.
  3. Check for and replace broken sprinkler heads.
  4. Adjust the sprinkler heads so that they are watering the correct area and not your fence, your house and or the street.

If you are not able to do this yourself, then contact a licensed sprinkler/irrigation company to check your system and then have them make any needed repairs.

Wildlife Management in Harris County MUD 500 Lakes

After receiving reports of beaver activity in the MUD 500 lakes, MUD 500 has instructed its trapper to locate and remove any beavers from the lakes. The District respectfully requests that residents of and visitors to Towne Lake refrain from interfering with its wildlife management contractor and/or any of the contractor’s lines, traps, or other equipment left in or near its lakes.

Please report any sightings of beavers to MUD 500’s operator, Environmental Development Partners, at (832) 467-1599. MUD 500 encourages your district to share this information with your residents. Please visit MUD 500’s website, at http://www.hcmud500.org, for additional information.

How to Read Your Water Meter

How to Read Your Water Meter (PDF)

As a homeowner, there are several reasons why it is helpful to be able to locate and read your water meter. First, you can determine just how much water you use in a day. As an example, by reading your meter at the beginning and the end of a day you can compare the two reads and tell how much water you and your family used that day.

Another helpful tool in understanding your meter reading is to detect leaks early. If you turn off all faucets and any equipment that uses water in your home, look at your meter and the leak indicator or low flow indicator is still turning, then you have a leak somewhere. The speed at which the indicator is turning determines how large the leak is. Here are some tips to help you find and read your water meter.

Your water meter is generally located near the curb in front of your home close to the sidewalk. For a corner lot it may be on the side of your home. Water meters are typically housed in a concrete or plastic box that may be marked “water” (as shown in the above photo). Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver or pliers. Look out for “creepy crawlies” that may be using your meter box as their home!

The picture on the left shows the water meter face and how to read the meter register. For specific information on rates, billing information and FAQ’s call EDP at 832-467-1599 or visit EDP’s website at: http://www.edpwater.com and look for the link to HC MUD 501. Please also be sure to visit the FAQs page for more helpful information: https://www.edpwater.com/faqs.