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 2022 tax year, Harris County MUD 501 levied a total ad valorem tax of $0.9289 on each $100 of taxable property within Harris County MUD 501 consisting of the following three components:

  • $0.6789 to pay the District’s contract tax
  • $0.20 to pay the District’s debt service
  • $0.05 to fund the District’s maintenance and operation expenditures

Rules for Disposal of Yard Waste and Branches

As we have entered into the heavy growing season for grass, trees, and other landscaping, the MUD 501 Board wanted to remind you of the rules for collection of yard waste and branches from its garbage and recycling provider, Texas Pride:

  • Yard waste must be placed in cans not exceeding 50 pounds, or bagged and placed curbside next to the driveway.
  • Branches must be placed curbside in tied bundles measuring no more than 4’ x 4’ x 4’ and under 50 pounds. Limit 8 bundles per service day.

The MUD 501 Board appreciates your cooperation to help ensure our garbage collection runs smoothly!

For more information about MUD 501’s garbage and recycling services, or to review the full garbage and recycling collection guidelines, please visit https://www.hcmud501.org/trash-recycling/.

E-Waste Recycling Added to Upcoming Towne Lake Shred Event

The Harris County MUD No. 501 Board is pleased to announced that we’ve partnered with the Towne Lake Community Association to offer electronics recycling for this weekend’s community shred event. As a reminder, the event will be held this Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Towne Lake Amphitheater, at the southwest corner of Tuckerton and Towne Lake Parkway behind Kroger.

Please see below for the full list of accepted and not accepted electronics. We look forward to seeing you there!

Residential Acceptable Materials (PDF)

Save the Date for Rescheduled Spring 2023 Towne Lake Shred Event

The spring Towne Lake shred event has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2023, from  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The event will be located at the same location as last year, at the Towne Lake Amphitheater, at the southwest corner of Tuckerton and Towne Lake Parkway behind Kroger.

The HC MUD 501 Board has again partnered with the Towne Lake Community Association for the Towne Lake Foundation to host the event, opening it up to all Towne Lake residents.

Please bring a current utility bill or other proof of residence to the event.

Click here to view event flyer.

The MUD 501 Board Needs Your Help to Prevent Costly Sewer Problems

As you have been out shopping at the grocery store or other retailers, you may have noticed an increase in the types of pre-moistened disposable wipes, rags, and other products that are labeled as “flushable.” Although the wipes and rags may initially disappear when you flush your toilet, they can cause significant—and expensive—plumbing problems for you and for our the sanitary sewer lines, lift stations, and wastewater treatment plant that serve the MUD 501 community because they don’t break down when exposed to water.

These wipes can combine with fat and other debris to form a clog in sanitary sewer lines, which could lead to a backup of sewage into your home or business. At lift stations and the wastewater treatment plant, the wipes and rags can clog up or break pumps, screens, and other equipment, resulting in costly repairs and difficulty in maintaining normal system operations. The cost of these repairs may add up to tens of thousands of dollars or more per year.

Please help us keep the sanitary sewer system flowing by disposing of wipes and rags in the trash can, and not down the toilet!

AWBD Spring Dinner

Director Edwards, chair of the Association of Water Board Director’s Ambassador Program, answered questions at the AWBD’s Spring Dinner on April 13, 2023.

Director DeBra Edwards joined Amanda Benzman of INFRAMARK, Katie Carner of ABHR and Becky Ullman of the Caldwell Companies at the Girls, Inc. annual luncheon on April 13, 2023.

2023 Spring Newsletter

Newsletter features include:

  • Hello Spring
  • Featured Director: Jared Day
  • Spring 2023 Community Shred Event
  • Heritage Car Show
  • Never Flush Wipes!
  • Water Conservation
  • Are You Emergency Prepared?
  • Harris County MUD No. 500 Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 1 Modifications
  • MUD 500 Updates
  • Refunding Bond Issues

Read 2023 Spring newsletter.

Update on April 29th Shred Event

The MUD 501 Board recently was notified that the flyer for last year’s shred event inadvertently was included in the March utility bills, which were mailed out last week.  MUD 501’s operator will be preparing and mailing the corrected flyer to all MUD 501 residents sometime this week. 

The spring 2023 shred event will occur on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at the Lakehouse Parking Lot, at 10000 Towne Lake Parkway.  All Towne Lake residents are welcome. For additional information and to view the event flyer, please click here. We apologize for any confusion.

MUD 501 Partners with Towne Lake Community Association for Enhanced Security Patrol

Over the past year, the MUD 501 Board has received reports of increased security incidents and other security concerns throughout the Towne Lake community, including within MUD 501, and in the surrounding areas. The Towne Lake Community Association (Association) also was notified of those reports and responded last summer by approving an increase to their contract with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to provide two additional deputies for security patrol in the Towne Lake community.

In December 2022, in response to budgetary pressure from the additional security costs, the Association’s Board approached MUD 501 and MUD 502 to request that the Districts contribute to the cost of the two additional deputies. The MUD 501 Board agreed to fund the cost of one of the additional deputies for the current contract year, which runs from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023. It is our understanding the MUD 502 Board agreed to fund the cost of the second additional deputy for the current contract year.

Under MUD 501’s agreement with the Association, the Association will continue to administer the contract with the Sheriff’s Office. The MUD 501 Board, however, will receive monthly reports from the Sheriff’s Office and will work with both the Sheriff’s Office and the Association to address any issues that may arise under the contract. The MUD 501 Board also has established a Security Committee to continue working with the Association and the other MUDs within the Towne Lake community to continue to ensure that all security issues are identified and addressed. Please rest assured that the MUD 501 Board takes security concerns in our community very seriously and is working diligently to ensure they are addressed.

Improvements to Garbage Collection Services

The MUD 501 Board was recently notified by its garbage and recycling provider, Texas Pride, that in an effort to improve garbage collection services within the community, Texas Pride will be adding an additional garbage truck to service MUD 501.  Please be advised that you may notice changes to the time of day when your garbage is collected as routes are modified to accommodate the additional truck.  Please continue to place your garbage in trash cans or bags at the curb or near your garage in a location visible from the street by 7:00 a.m. on each Tuesday and Friday collection day.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit the MUD 501 Trash and Recycling page, at https://www.hcmud501.org/trash-recycling/, or contact Texas Pride, at (281) 342-8178 ( M-Th, 8:00-5:00; F 8:00-4:00 ).

Save the Date for the Spring 2023 Community Shred Event

For the second year in a row, and just in time for tax season, the MUD 501 Board has partnered with the Towne Lake Community Association for the Towne Lake Foundation to host the next community shred event for all Towne Lake residents, on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The event has returned to its previous location at the Lakehouse Parking Lot, at 10000 Towne Lake Parkway. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to view event flyer.