Cornerstones MUD participates in a regional water authority (RWA) whose mission is to reduce the use of well/ground water and increase the use of surface water. Reducing dependence on well water leads to a reduction in ground subsidence as required by Texas state law. Districts are required to reduce ground water usage by 30% by December 2013, the current plan is for Cornerstones MUD to convert to surface water no later than 2025. The North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) was created in 2005 to allow well owners like Cornerstones MUD to band together to mutually accomplish this mission. The NFBWA borrowed $300 million to finance water pipeline construction that extended from the City of Houston to northern Ft. Bend county. This water pipeline currently provides surface water to approximately 30 MUD’s inside the NFBWA footprint. By over-conversion to surface water in those Districts, the remaining Districts in the NFBWA footprint can continue to use ground water until the next required reduction no later than 2024.
The RWA fee included on your monthly invoice provides for re-payment of the borrowed funds and ongoing operations of the Authority. The NFBWA increased that fee from $2.70 per 1,000 gallons used to $3.05 per 1,000 gallons used effective January 1, 2017. Cornerstones MUD’s rate order required that this fee be passed through to you the consumer at cost. This fee is expected in increase annually as NFBWA is planning to borrow more funds to build additional water infrastructure.
SI Environmental handles all billing and payments for Cornerstones MUD.