What is the WHCRWA Fee?

Posted on July 18, 2019 | 3 min read

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The West Harris County Regional Water Authority (“WHCRWA”) is a governmental entity created by the Texas Legislature that assists in converting the region within its boundaries from using groundwater to predominantly surface water in order to combat subsidence. In order to comply with the legislative mandate to reduce groundwater usage, Westlake MUD 1 (“the District”), along with other municipal utility districts in the area, is part of the WHCRWA’s Groundwater Reduction Plan ("GRP").

To comply with the groundwater reduction mandate, the WHCRWA is responsible for constructing the necessary water delivery infrastructure to deliver surface water to the areas within the WHCRWA. In order to design, construct, and operate the necessary infrastructure, the WHCRWA assesses fees to the well owners/municipal utility districts within the WHCRWA's boundaries based on the amount of water pumped by their wells and the amount of surface water received from the WHCRWA.

The WHCRWA assesses a fee for both groundwater and surface water usage by residents. This fee is used by the WHCRWA to fund projects intended to reduce regional subsidence and to meet legislatively-mandated surface water conversion goals. More information on the WHCRWA and their programs is on their website, www.whcrwa.com.

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Accordingly, the WHCRWA charges the District a fee for every 1,000 gallons of groundwater withdrawn by the District (the "GRP Fee"), and the GRP Fee may be increased by the WHCRWA from time to time. The District then passes the GRP Fees through to the District's users based on the amount of water they use. As such, each user within the District is billed, in addition to the district's water rates, $3.25 for each 1,000 gallons of water delivered to such user in a billing cycle.

The RWA fee that residents see on their bill is not a fee levied by the District; it is a mandatory fee levied by the WHCRWA that is passed through to residents via their water bills. This fee is based solely on how much water residents use in their home. The current and historical WHCRWA fees are viewable here.

If you have any further questions on this or anything else related to Westlake MUD 1, please do not hesitate to utilize the contact form on the District website.

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