Water Restriction for Non-Essential Water Usage in Effect Until Further Notice

As you know, the District’s Water Well is under repair, and the District is currently receiving water from our neighbor, Harris County MUD 109.

The District’s Operator and Engineer are working diligently on getting water restored to our District. In the meantime, along with Harris County MUD 109, we need to continue to conserve water.

Until further notice please restrict all non-essential water usage, including watering of lawns, car washing, and power-washing of driveways, etc. The Harris County MUD 46 Board of Directors is appreciative of your understanding and compliance and will, of course, will update you as soon as the repairs are made.

 

Sign Up for the District’s Alert System

The District has implemented an email and text alert system for the residents of Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 46. This system is designed to keep you informed of issues related to the District in a quick and timely manner. You may receive messages in either email or text alert format, or both, related to the water service in the District, drainage and sewer related topics, and other news that is relevant to the District.

The email alerts that you may receive will contain the majority of the relevant information and may occasionally direct you back to the District’s website for more details.

Text message notifications will contain a short amount of information with a link back to the District’s website where the remainder of the information can be viewed.

These notifications are a great way to stay up to date on news and issues within the District and we highly encourage you to sign up and share this information with your neighbors.

To sign up for email and text notifications, please click here to visit the sign-up page.

Setting Up Your Account in EyeOnWater

You must use a computer (not a phone or tablet) to sign up for the service.

  1. Visit https://eyeonwater.beaconama.net/signup
  2. Enter Zip code 77346
  3. Enter your Account Number: 39046-xxxxxxxxxx (Account number is on your bill) and click the Next button
  4. Enter your email address
  5. Create and confirm a password ( case sensitive)
  6. You will get a confirmation email from Beacon. You must verify your email address by clicking on the link that will be sent to you. Once you do this, you can sign in to EYEONWATER.BEACONAMA.NET using your email and password. Note this is a different web address than was used in step 1.
  7. After logging into EyeOnWater, set a leak alert in the upper left corner (to­date over 1100 leaks found by system saving both water and money). A good number to use is 5 gallon per hour intermittent (not continuous) leak over a 24-hour period. Put in your email and press the”+” symbol to add it.

Setting Up Your Account in EyeOnWater (PDF)

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

As of August 9, 2022, Harris County MUD 46 has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of water for the District and has provided the TCEQ with laboratory results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use. Please note that the District remains on an Interconnect with a neighboring MUD and is requesting that all residents continue to conserve water as much as possible.

Tips for After a Water Boil Water Notice is Lifted: Fundamentally, what you will be doing after any drinking water boil water notice is flushing your plumbing system and cleaning or replacing anything that has come into contact with water.

  1. First flush hot water faucets for fifteen minutes, and cold-water faucets for five minutes or until it feels cold.
  2. Flush your refrigerator filter for a least a quart of water or change the filter.
  3. Ice cubes from refrigerators: automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil order and run through a 24-hour cycle, discarding the ice to assure purging of the icemaker water supply line.
  4. Run your dishwasher empty for a full cycle.
  5. Discard any water used in humidifiers, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), oral, medical or health care devices, and rinse the device with clean water.
  6. Clean, then flush every toilet with a quick flush.
  7. Change all water filters currently in use.
  8. Clean and sanitize all pet bowls.

24-Hour Boil Water Notice for Residents of Harris County Mud 46 Effective until 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2022

  • For the next 24-hours, please do not drink your tap water. To ensure your tap water is safe for drinking, bring it to a rolling boil for at least one minute. LET COOL BEFORE DRINKING.
  • After boiling your water, store it in the refrigerator for drinking.
  • If you have a water filter, don’t assume that you don’t need to boil your drinking water. Most common water filters are incapable of removing microorganisms.
  • Don’t let your pets drink your contaminated water; give them clean, cooled boiled water.
  • If using water to treat minor injuries, boil the water and wait for it to cool first.
  • Be careful not to swallow shower or bath water.
  • Use bottled or cooled boiled water for everything in your household, including doing your teeth, making ice, washing salad items, and bathing.
  • Cook and prepare food using boiled and cooled water.
  • Disinfect food contact surfaces and dishes with tap water containing a teaspoon of bleach per gallon.
  • Throw away any foods, beverages or ice cubes made with your contaminated drinking water.

Unplanned Repairs

Due to an electrical failure associated with construction at the District’s Water Plant, a portion of Harris County MUD 46 residents may be experiencing low water pressure or a temporary loss of water.

As a result of the temporary loss in water pressure, please restrict any heavy water use or irrigation activities until further notice.

Please be aware that repairs are being made as quickly as possible, and that water should be restored within the next couple of hours. We will update the District’s website again once the repairs are completed.

Drought Contingency Plan

In order to conserve water during current drought conditions, the City of Houston has implemented Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan.  During this stage, the Harris County MUD No. 46 Board of Directors is requesting that all residents of the District take the following voluntary measures:

  • Check for and repair all leaks, dripping faucets, and running toilets.
  • Check sprinkler heads to make sure that water is not spraying into the street or directly into a storm drain.
  • Utilize water conservation measures such as displacement bags, low-flow shower heads, and leak detection tablets.
  • Limit irrigation to no more than two (2) days per week, between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Conservation in the Home

Start in the bathroom

Did you know that about 75% of water used in the home is used in the bathroom? Look for ways to save water whenever possible. You’ll help Texas and reduce your water bill.

  • Bathing: Take a shower instead of a bath to save A short shower uses less water than a long one. A low-flow showerhead saves water by as much as 50% while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower.
    Installing a low-flow showerhead is the single most effective conservation step that can be taken inside the home.
  • Toilet: Standard toilets manufactured prior to the 1980s usually require 5-7 gallons per flush.
    Toilets sold during the ‘80s and early ‘90s use 3.5 gallons per flush. The most significant savings come from replacing your toilet with a 1.6-gallon model. Since 1992 in Texas and 1994 nationally, new toilets must use 1.6 gallons or less per flush. Do not use a brick in your toilet tank. The brick will crumble and can damage the fixture.
  • Lavatory: Change your habits! Don’t let water run continuously while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your Additionally, a low-flow faucet aerator can save water use by up to 50%.

On to the kitchen for more savings…

About 8% of in-home water use takes place in the kitchen. And now for the Kitchen Sink –

  • Run water only when necessary.
  • Fill the basin or a dishpan to rinse dishes instead of using running water.
  • Soak pots and pans before washing.
  • Fill the basin or a pan with water to wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Operate the garbage disposal only when necessary.

Dishwasher tips

  • Wash only full loads.
  • When you need to buy a new machine, take a look at the water-saving Newer models can cut water use by 25% and generally are no more expensive than non- conserving models.

All around the house

  • Washing machines: Doing the laundry requires about 14% of water used inside the home.
  • Conserve by adjusting the water level to match the size of your loads.
  • Wash only full loads.

Pipes: Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays and wasted water while waiting for the water to “run hot.”

Water Heater: Check the thermostat. Don’t have your water heater thermostat set too high. Settings higher than 125 degrees waste energy since the water must be mixed with cold water before use.

and most important…fix those leaks!

  • Leaks can account for 10% or more of the water Leaks waste both water and energy.

Need proof? A toilet with a silent leak of one cup of water a minute – a mere dribble – wastes about 2,700 GALLONS OF WATER A MONTH. That’s not just water down the drain; that’s dollars down the drain.

Your dollars.