Greenwood UD Quarterly Newsletter – Volume 9

Happy Valentine’s Day! February is not just the month of love; it’s also an opportune time to delve into the love we share for our water resources. As we usher in 2024, our utility district is eagerly anticipating the launch of new and expanded facilities as part of our commitment to delivering clean, safe water and wastewater treatment to our community.

Greenwood Board of Directors

Wastewater Treatment Plant Nearing Completion

In a joint partnership, Greenwood Utility District and Parkway Utility District began construction on a wastewater treatment plant expansion in early 2021. After several delays due to supply-chain issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, both districts are pleased with the near completion of this facility. The treatment units are scheduled to be online in February 2024, and the facility will reach final completion in May 2024.

Weather Impact on Our Utilities

The Houston area experienced a freeze on January 15th and 16th. We are pleased to report that despite a power outage in the area, the facilities and services had no adverse effects.

To stay informed about your water and wastewater services, visit the website for updated alerts.

Preparing Pipes For Freezing Weather

National Weather Service Issues Hard Freeze Watch

The National Weather Service has advised that subfreezing temperatures are likely beginning today and into Wednesday morning following the passage of a strong cold front. Freeze Warnings and possible Hard Freeze Warnings can be expected.

Follow the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service for information and forecast updates.

How to Prepare Your Pipes For a Severe Winter Weather Event

According to Texas A&M AgriLife, water pipes have the potential to freeze when the outside temperature is 20°F or below. The most vulnerable pipes include outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool lines, sprinkler systems, and pipes in areas without heat such as garages, crawl spaces, and attics. If you haven’t already done so you can prepare your pipes with these tips:

  • Drain pool supply lines and sprinkler systems.
  • Remove outdoor hoses and cover with insulated covers if possible.
  • Keep your garage door closed if you have supply lines or a water heater located inside.
  • Open cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks to circulate warm air to the pipes
  • Keep your thermostat set no lower than 55°F both day and night. If you are planning to travel, keep your heat turned on.

See the infographic below for additional information on how to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe, or visit the Red Cross website.

For the latest news regarding Greenwood UD’s service during this weather event, sign up for our newsletter or check back on the website.

Greenwood UD Quarterly Newsletter – Volume 8

During this quarter, you may have noticed the signs posted about the stage 1 drought contingency plan in effect. We continue to ask you to conserve water and follow the guidelines on our website. We are also happy to share that Texas Utility Help has extended its program through December 2023. To see if you qualify for this service, please visit their website.

We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.

Greenwood Board of Directors

Property Taxes Reduced for 2024

In October, the board approved the tax rate for 2024. The new tax rate is $.70 per $100 of property value, 8 cents lower than in 2023. Homeowners can expect an average annual savings of $20, but your specific savings may vary depending on your property value. You can check your property value on the HCAD website. Visit HCAD Website

Need Help with Your Utility Bill?

Texas Utility Help has extended the payment credit for water and wastewater bills through Dec. 31, 2023.

New applicants can still get help paying past-due water and wastewater bills in full, plus $85 per month through Dec. 31, 2023. Learn More

Stage 1 Drought Conditions

Due to the observed drop in annual rainfall amounts and higher-than-normal daily temperatures in the surrounding area this summer, Greenwood Utility District continues to implement Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan. For more information, visit our website. Learn More

Prepare Your Home for Winter

As winter approaches, it is a good practice to refresh on how to prepare your home for potential freezing temperatures. That can include protecting your pipes. For helpful tips, read more on our website. Read More