Creation and BackgroundWHCRWA Admin2021-03-18T00:01:08-05:00
The photo above is from the first waterline project groundbreaking ceremony held on March 30, 2004.
Left to right: Cam Postle, Stacy Burnett, George L. Rush, Jr., Bruce Parker, Art Garden, Dan Sallee, Karla Cannon, Larry Weppler, Johnny Johnson.
West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) created by HB 1842, approved by 77th Texas Legislature, signed into law May 28, 2001.
Created to accomplish public purposes stated in HB 1842, including:
the provision of surface water and groundwater for various uses;
the reduction of groundwater withdrawals;
the conservation, preservation, protection, recharge, and prevention of waste of groundwater and of groundwater reservoirs;
the control of subsidence caused by withdrawal of water from those groundwater reservoirs.
Board of Directors is made up of nine directors who serve staggered four-year terms. Directors must have served as a director of one or more districts for at least four years. (To represent the City of Katy, the board member must have served as a district director, or as Mayor, or as a member of the City Council of the City of Katy.)
WHCRWA is responsible for managing the initial mandated HGSD conversion to surface water:
30% reduction in use of groundwater in 2010;
60% reduction in 2025; and
80% reduction in 2035.
The HGSD has implemented a $9.58 per 1,000 gallon disincentive fee, effective January 1, 2021, for those failing to comply with these reductions.
The individual water districts will continue to supply water to their customers, and all residents/customers within the boundaries of the WHCRWA pay their fair share of the costs to construct a new water delivery infrastructure and for the supply of surface water.
WHCRWA charges the water districts groundwater and surface water fees based on a Rate Order adopted by the Board of Directors. These fees have funded construction of the initial infrastructure and will continue to cover debt service requirements and bond covenants, as well as to fund the maintenance and operation of the surface water delivery system and construction of future infrastructure. (See PUMPAGE FEE and SURFACE WATER FEE for specific charges). Rates are reviewed annually as part of the budgeting process. Any changes are discussed and acted upon in a public meeting.
WHCRWA successfully negotiated a long-term water supply agreement with the City of Houston, and shares in the cost of developing water supply projects (e.g., Luce Bayou) with other water authorities.