District Updates – April 2023

Summer is Just Around the Corner!

That means hot weather and increased irrigation which means higher water bills. To lessen the impact irrigation has on your water bill, now is a good time to;

Take the time to turn on your irrigation system and walk the zones looking for line and or sprinkler head leaks.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check your backflow preventer to ensure it’s working properly.

If you’re unsure about doing so, there are a number of competent irrigation companies that, for a fee, will do an inspection for you. Just Google “irrigation companies near me”.

The Texas A&M Agrilife website contains a lot of useful information regarding residential irrigation systems, including backflow preventers, installation and maintenance. https://itc.tamu.edu/files/2018/05/Assembled-Manual.pdf.

Are you overwatering your lawn and landscape beds? Most residents are. The district highly recommends using the free Texas A&M Agrilife “Water my Yard” website,  https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/asset-local/water-my-yard-program/.  It’s a great way to help you reduce the volume of water you are using for irrigation.After setup, you’ll receive an email every Monday with their watering recommendations for the coming week.

Have a pool with an auto fill? To prevent overflows, check it’s operation to  insure it’s working properly.

District Operator, H20 Innovation News

For those residents paying their monthly water/sewer bill by draft, H20 is changing their service provider. The change will require residents paying by draft to complete and submit a new draft payment form. H20 Innovation will be mailing the form and instructions to all residents paying by draft.

What’s with the blue paint??

H20 Innovation is repainting, inspecting, and recording the GPS coordinates for the District’s water line cutoff valves. Why is this important? In the event of a water main break, the valves are used to isolate sections of the water line to minimize the impact of a line break until it can be repaired.

Reclaimed Water for Irrigation Project

The contractor laying the phase 1 T C Jester reclaim water line is close to completing laying the new reclaim water line. Upon completion, expected in April, the work area will be restored as it was.

The Board has received the analysis and new irrigation design documents from the irrigation consultant working on the phase 2, new irrigation system. The next step is the request for quote process to select a contractor to install the new irrigation system. To avoid disruption during this year’s growing season, work on the new reclaim irrigation system to replace the existing fresh water system will not start before November 1, 2023. The work is estimated to take 4-5 months to complete.

At that time the District will switch over to the new reclaim irrigation system from the existing fresh water irrigation system saving the District both money and water for irrigation.

Upon going live, the District will take over the cost of irrigation water and management of the system from the POA for the new reclaim irrigation system.

A FAQ document about the project and a map detailing where the line will run in the District can be found on the District’s website.

Questions about the project?  Email the Board or, better yet, attend a monthly meeting and ask your questions.

Park/Greenspace News

Because of the new reclaim irrigation project, there will be no mass tree planting in partnership with Trees for Houston this year. There are plans to plant some trees in select areas not impacted by the reclaim irrigation project.

Work on the new Terravista detention pond trail has been delayed until Harry’s County engineers review and approve the scope of work.

Monthly MUD Board Meetings

Residents are encouraged to attend monthly Board meetings to learn what’s happening in the District. Regular monthly meetings begin promptly at 6pm, the third Thursday of every month at the clubhouse unless otherwise posted. Resident input is always the 1st item on the agenda.  Agendas are posted on the clubhouse and on the District website no later than 3 days prior to the meeting.

Can’t make a meeting?  Looking for information?  Have a concern or question?

Check out the District’s website at https://www.tnwmud.org.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, email the District at tnw.mud@gmail.com. You will always receive a prompt, accurate reply!

Your Terranova West MUD Board of Directors

Tom Lovell: President, Park/Green Space Oversight, current term ends 05/2027

Ken Barrett: Vice President, current term ends 05/2027

Steve Caton: Secretary, current term ends 05/2027

Larry Forrester: Treasurer, current term ends 05/2025

Nannette Burrage: Assistant Secretary, WEB Oversight, current term ends 05/2025