Harris County Municipal Utility District 501

Through HCMUD 501’s website you can easily find links to the following services:

Tax Rate

Information about the District required by Section 26.18, Texas Tax Code, created by Senate Bill 2 (also known as the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019), is available here: https://bli-tax.com/harris-county-mud-501

For the 2023 tax year, Harris County MUD 501 levied a total ad valorem tax of $0.80 on each $100 of taxable property within Harris County MUD 501 consisting of the following three components:

  • $0.605 to pay the District’s contract tax
  • $0.135 to pay the District’s debt service
  • $0.06 to fund the District’s maintenance and operation expenditures

Derecho Comes to Towne Lake

On May 16, 2024, thousands of residents in Cypress were alerted to take cover as tornado warnings indicated a twister was approaching. In reality, Cypress experienced a derecho, a powerful straight-line wind storm. According to the National Weather Service, a derecho is a widespread, long-lived windstorm associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.

In Towne Lake, many residents faced power and internet outages for several days. Meanwhile, the Heritage community was severely affected by an EF-1 tornado, causing extensive damage.

MUD 501 quickly responded by providing dumpsters for all Towne Lake residents to dispose of spoiled food and yard debris, a service greatly appreciated by the community.

The memory of this significant weather event will not soon be forgotten.

Dumpster Replacement & Reminder of Harris County Debris Removal Procedures

Due to the ongoing clean up efforts in Towne Lake, both the Heritage and Crossing dumpsters have again filled up.  MUD 501 has requested that Texas Pride remove and replace the dumpsters as soon as possible.  Replacement is expected  to occur on or about Wednesday, May 29th.  The MUD 501 Board continues to respectfully request that residents wait to dispose of additional debris until the new dumpsters have arrived. Please do not stack debris next to the dumpsters once they have filled up.

Harris County also is continuing with their curbside debris removal process, which is expected to continue for multiple weeks.  As a reminder, please report debris to Harris County’s debris hotline by calling 713-274-3880.  You also can call Precinct 3 dispatch at 713-274-3100, if the debris hotline is busy.

Please see the below graphic for information on sorting your debris to assist with Harris County’s collection efforts.  Please also avoid parking along the curb in front of or immediately across from debris piles if at all possible to avoid blocking collection trucks and equipment.

For more information on disaster recovery resources, please visit https://www.readyharris.org/Resources/Disaster-Recovery-Resources.

Delayed Dumpster Replacement

At 4 pm on Friday, May 24th, Texas Pride notified MUD 501 that they unfortunately were not able to remove the full dumpsters and deliver the new dumpsters to the Heritage and Crossing locations today.

Replacement of both dumpsters now is expected to occur on Saturday, May 25th.

We apologize for any inconvenience for the delay.

The MUD 501 Board continues to respectfully request that residents wait to dispose of additional debris until the new dumpsters have arrived. Please do not stack debris next to the dumpsters.

Reminder: Harris County Storm Debris Removal Procedures

As noted in an earlier update, Harris County will be providing curbside storm debris removal service throughout the County, including within MUD 501, in the coming weeks.

Please see the correspondence below from Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey regarding storm debris removal procedures, and be sure to contact the debris hotline at (713) 274-3880 to request debris removal.

Please place storm debris curbside according to the below graphic and do not include storm debris with your household garbage.  

Precinct 3 Residents,

Precinct 3 Road and Bridge crews and contracted trucks will be starting debris pick-up on Monday, May 20th. Our area stretches from The Villages up to Cypress, through Tomball, Spring, Humble, Atascocita, then down the San Jacinto River through Huffman, Crosby, Highlands, and Baytown to Channelview. We were especially hard hit in Cypress and The Villages areas.

We expect debris operations to last for weeks to months, so please be patient as we move through the affected areas. Each debris zone where debris has been reported will have assets assigned. Presence will be heavier in the most impacted areas.

The most impactful things you can do to help are as follows:

  • REPORT DEBRIS to our hotline by calling 713-274-3880, this greatly helps with planning and staging of assets. You can also call Precinct 3 dispatch at 713-274-3100, if the debris hotline is busy.
  • Follow the debris staging/sorting guidelines in the attached handout (vegetative, construction, appliances, electronics, hazardous).
  • If at all possible, do not park cars on the street near or across from debris piles. Our trucks and equipment are very large and if an area is not able to be accessed we will have to return later once obstructions have been removed.

Please know that we understand how traumatic and disruptive an event like this can be. Many of our crews who will be working in your areas are also Precinct 3 residents with property damage and power outages… this makes us especially proud to be serving you. Thank you for your partnership in the recovery efforts.

Tom Ramsey Commissioner Precinct 3


Replacement Dumpsters

As you may have seen, both the Heritage and Crossing roll-off dumpsters have been filled to capacity.  MUD 501 understands there still is more clean-up work to do and has authorized Texas Pride to haul off and replace the dumpsters.  The removal of the full dumpsters and replacement with new ones is expected to occur on Friday, May 24th

The MUD 501 Board respectfully requests that residents wait to dispose of additional debris until the new dumpsters have arrived. Please do not stack debris next to the dumpsters.  We appreciate your cooperation as we work to recover from this unexpected disaster.

Update on Dumpster Delivery and *NEW* Harris County Storm Debris Removal

Due to impacts on Texas Pride’s operations from the recent storm, the delivery of the roll-off dumpsters to the previously specified Crossing and Heritage locations unfortunately has been delayed until Tuesday, May 21, 2024, by 11 a.m.  We apologize for the delay but ask for your patience as we continue to clean up from this major regional storm event.

Although the dumpsters are one immediate way MUD 501 is trying to help our community recover from the storm, there are numerous federal, state, and local resources that are or will become available in the coming weeks.  One important resource is Harris County’s curbside storm debris removal program.  Please see the graphic below for information on how to sort storm debris for curbside collection by Harris County’s crews.  Please be patient as the County’s collection efforts may take multiple weeks to complete.  To report home damage and request debris pick up, please call Harris County’s Debris Hotline, at (713) 274-3880, or e-mail homeflooding@harriscountytx.gov.

For more information about available disaster recovery resources, please visit https://www.readyharris.org.


Storm Recovery – Special Garbage and Debris Collection Guidelines

As you know, Towne Lake was hit very hard by Thursday’s storm, with significant wind and other damage throughout the community and continued issues due to the extended power outage that has followed. In order to help with the recovery efforts, MUD 501 has arranged with its garbage and recycling provider, Texas Pride, to have roll-off dumpsters delivered by Monday to the following locations: (1) the field on the west side of the intersection of Yaupon Point Ct. and E Highlands Bayou Dr. in the Heritage; and (2) the parking lot at the Towne Lake Memorial Park, located near the intersection of Greenhouse Rd. and Cornerstone Arbor Dr. near the Crossing. Towne Lake residents may use the dumpsters free of charge to dispose of household waste, such as spoiled food items, and storm debris.  Please do not dispose of any liquid paint or other hazardous waste in the dumpsters.

Due to the significant regional impacts of the recent storm, Texas Pride also is putting special garbage and recycling guidelines in place during the week of May 20th for the Tuesday and Friday garage door and curbside collection services in MUD 501.  During this week, only putrescible (household) waste will be collected, no yard waste. Please CLEARLY SEPARATE your household garbage from your yard waste.  Please bag your household waste in bags or containers under 50 pounds and label it FOOD WASTE.

Texas Pride also offers individual paid collection services to residents who have a large volume of piled storm or other debris.  You can visit https://www.texaspridedisposal.com/cleanup.html to fill out a survey and submit photos of the debris, and Texas Pride will contact you with an individual quote for removal.  Please contact Texas Pride, at 281-342-8178, with any questions or to request additional information.

The MUD 501 Board anticipates substantial additional information and resources will be available in the coming weeks.  We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our community through this difficult time.

MUD 501’s SHRED EVENT IN TOWNE LAKE: A Community Triumph

On April 27, 2024, MUD 501 hosted a community shred event in Towne Lake that has been hailed as a resounding success, solidifying its role as a key player in local environmental efforts and community service. The event successfully processed approximately 10,000 pounds of paper and a significant quantity of electronic waste, providing a valuable service in promoting recycling and sustainability within the community.

This initiative was met with widespread appreciation from Towne Lake residents who actively participated in the recycling efforts. The success of the event is not just measured by the amount of recycled material, but also by the community spirit it fostered. Residents left the event feeling a stronger sense of community and shared responsibility towards protecting the environment.

Director Jared Day played a pivotal role in organizing the event and coordinating the efforts of student volunteers from Cy-Ranch High School. These students, members of the National Honor Society, showed remarkable dedication by participating in the shred event just hours after attending their senior prom the night before. Their participation was instrumental in the smooth execution of the event.

Special recognition is also due to the Towne Lake Foundation, which provided crucial funding for the event, and the Towne Lake Community Association (HOA), which offered an ideal location for this community initiative. Their support not only made the event possible but also highlighted the collaborative spirit thriving within the community.

Encouraged by the success of this year’s event, plans are already in motion to host another shred event in April 2025. The community’s enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to sustainability suggest that next year’s event will likely see even greater participation and success.

The annual shred event in Towne Lake is more than just a day of recycling; it is a testament to the community’s resolve to contribute positively to the environment while strengthening community ties. As MUD 501 and Towne Lake residents look forward to next year’s event, they carry with them the pride and satisfaction of a job well done, setting a commendable precedent for community-driven environmental initiatives.

Proper Disposal of Paint and Other Hazardous Materials

MUD 501 works diligently to provide excellent garbage collection service to its residents. To that end, the Board would like to remind MUD 501 residents of the proper disposal of paint and other hazardous materials.  Recently, a resident disposed of a paint can in their trash and upon collection, the paint can burst, spilling brightly colored paint onto the street. While this may not appear at first as a major concern, the contrary is true. If not properly cleaned, the paint poses an environmental risk and could result in improper discharge into the storm sewers, which outfall into our lakes, the centerpiece of the Towne Lake community.

Residents can properly dispose of paint and other hazardous materials by scheduling an appointment to use Harris County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, located at 6900 Hahl Road (at 290 and Gessner), Houston, TX 77040.  For more information about acceptable items and to schedule an appointment, please visit https://www.eng.hctx.net/Consultants/Household-Hazardous/Household-Hazardous-Waste.

Tip: Harrs County’s HHW Facility does not accept latex paint because it is water-based.  Latex paint that is solidified can be safely disposed of with your household trash.  The paint can be solidified by adding kitty litter or another absorbent material. In fact, hardware and paint stores often sell paint hardener products specifically designed to dry up unneeded extra paint.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss solutions for proper disposal of hazardous materials, please contact MUD 501’s garbage and recycling provider, Texas Pride, at (281) 342-8178.

Embracing Spring 2024 with HC MUD 501: Water Conservation, Community Events, and More!

As the flowers bloom and the temperatures rise, Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 501 (MUD 501) is excited to share a host of updates and initiatives for Spring 2024. From water conservation efforts to engaging community events, we are committed to making this season both sustainable and memorable for our residents.

Water Conservation Takes Center Stage

This spring, we encourage every resident to partake in our water conservation measures. With our new electronic smart meter system, you can monitor your water usage in near real-time, helping to prevent leaks and save on your water bill. Remember, efficient water use is not just beneficial for your wallet but is crucial for our community’s sustainability.

Upcoming Community Shred and E-Waste Event

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 2024! We’re hosting our annual community shred and e-waste recycling event at the Towne Lake Amphitheater. It’s a perfect opportunity to safely dispose of your sensitive documents and electronic waste. Details are available on our website, and we can’t wait to see you there.

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

As we approach hurricane season, MUD 501 wants to ensure that all our residents are prepared for any emergency. We’ve compiled a list of essential items for your emergency kit. From water and non-perishable food to a first aid kit and manual can opener, being prepared can significantly reduce the stress and impact of unexpected situations.

Community Engagement and Safety

Our recent Heritage safety event showcased the strength of our community through education and engagement. We discussed important topics such as gun safety, the use of golf carts, and crimes against the elderly, emphasizing our commitment to a safe and informed community.

Odor Management Success and Drought Contingency Plan Updates

We’re pleased to announce successful odor management at one of our wastewater treatment plants, improving the quality of life for our residents. Additionally, we’ve revised our Drought Contingency Plan, aligning with regional standards to ensure our community remains prepared and resilient in the face of drought conditions.

Dive Deeper with Our Spring 2024 Newsletter

There’s so much more happening in our community! For a comprehensive look at all our initiatives, upcoming events, and helpful tips, we invite you to dive into our Spring 2024 Newsletter. Visit HCMUD501.org to read the full newsletter and stay updated on how we’re working together for a brighter, more sustainable future.

Together, let’s make Spring 2024 a season of growth, preparedness, and community spirit!