Coronavirus: Toilet Paper Panic Trickle-Down Effect

With toilet paper in short supply due to the panic buying in response to COVID-19, some researchers warn there’s a risk that toilet paper alternatives such as wet wipes, napkins and thicker paper towels may lead to another major “monster” waste issue. Since supermarket shelves are wiped bare of toilet paper, and napkin aisles fast emptying as well, water infrastructure experts fear that the use of toilet paper alternatives such as wet wipes, napkins and thicker paper could lead to major blockages in our sewage systems.

The wastewater treatment plant operator has seen a recent massive surge in non-flushables entering the plant from residents. These products can create blockages of fat, sanitary items, and wet wipes that block pipes and pumps and cause an added expense to remove, including sewer back-ups at your home.

Please do your part to protect our sewer pipes – do not flush wipes, napkins, or paper towels; properly disposing of them by throwing them in the trash.

Our Water is Safe to Drink

Please be aware that the City of Houston’s boil water notice that was issued on February 27, 2020 does not affect water service to residents and businesses in Trail of the Lakes MUD. District customers do NOT have to boil water as the District receives no water from the City of Houston.

WHCRWA: Notice of Fee Increase

At the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting held on November 13, 2019, at 20111 Saums Road, Katy, Texas 77449, the Authority adopted increased fees in order to fund the massive water supply projects that are needed to meet the Harris Galveston Subsidence District (“HGSD”) groundwater reduction regulations and to avoid the $9.00 per 1,000 gallons fine that the HGSD imposes for non-compliance.

Effective January 1, 2020, the Groundwater Reduction Plan Fee will be $3.60 per 1,000 gallons of groundwater pumped and the Surface Water Fee will be $3.35 per 1,000 gallons of water delivered by the Authority. Such increase correspondingly increases the Imported Water Fee. For more information about the WHCRWA, visit https://www.whcrwa.com.