Securing a long-term, reliable supply of wholesale drinking water while keeping the cost of water as low as possible for as long as possible.

On June 18, 1999, the bill (HB 2965) that created the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) was signed into law, and called for a special election to be held on January 15, 2000 so voters could confirm the creation of the new Authority and elect Directors to lead it.

Following the election, NHCRWA became the single entity empowered to negotiate for a secure, long-term, reliable, quality supply of wholesale drinking water for all the independent neighborhoods, municipal utility districts, small municipalities, and permitted well owners within its boundaries.

NHCRWA’s primary assignment is to develop and implement a strategy for complying with the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District’s (HGSD) Regulatory Plan that requires a conversion from groundwater to alternate water via a:

30% reduction of groundwater usage by 2010
60% reduction of groundwater usage by 2025
80% reduction of groundwater usage by 2035

Since the Authority is not a taxing entity, funding for our future water supply and the infrastructure through which to deliver it is being accomplished through the sale of revenue bonds, and paid for by revenue from groundwater pumpage fees and water sales.

In compliance with mandates issued by the HGSD, NHCRWA has:

  • Completed its Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) certification
  • Successfully negotiated a long-term water supply contract with the City of Houston
  • Designed and constructed the transmission and distribution infrastructure to deliver surface water by 2010
  • Achieved the 30% groundwater reduction goal mandated by HGSD by 2010
  • 143 MUDS have entered into an agreement to participate in the authorities GRP

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NHCRWA Board votes to reduce water rates

At its January 9, 2023, Regular Board Meeting, the Board of Directors of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) voted to reduce water rates. The Board reduced surface water rates from $5.05 to $4.55 per 1,000 gallons and groundwater pumpage fees from $4.60 to $4.10 per 1,000 gallons. These rate cuts, the first cuts in the history of NHCRWA, will go into effect February 1, 2023.

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*Some utility districts modify the NHCRWA water pumpage fee charged to their customers to cover such things as leaks in their system, fire hydrant use, etc.  Which will make the NHCRWA fee on your water bill higher than what the Authority actually charges.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

If Municipal Utility Districts in Harris-Galveston Subsidence Regulatory (HGSD) Area 3 DID NOT convert to surface water as mandated by the Texas Legislature, water users in those districts would be forced to pay the HGSD’s $10.78 per 1000 gallons disincentive fee instead of the NHCRWA’s $4.10 per 1000 gallons water pumpage fee.

NHCRWA

$4.10 /1000 gallons

Effective February 1, 2023

HGSD

$10.78 /1000 gallons

Effective January 1, 2023

Surface Water Conversion

NHCRWA delivered approximately 21.8 MGD of treated alternative water in December 2022

November 2022 Conversion

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Approximate population within NHCRWA boundaries
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Municipal Utility Districts participating in the groundwater reduction program
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Miles of new waterlines installed in 2010 conversion
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Miles of new waterlines constructed for 2025 mandate
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Pump stations. Rendl Regional Pump Station (FKA SH249 R.P.S) is now under construction

NHCRWA is on track to comply with the HGSD groundwater reduction to 60% surface water by 2025, and 80% by 2035.

Concrete placement ahead of Tunnel operation ( Project 25C)

To date NHCRWA has:

  • Designed, purchased easements for and constructed over 335 miles of new waterlines to comply with 2010 mandate
  • Constructed over 75 miles of additional waterlines for the 2025 mandate
  • Constructed Louetta Road Pump Station
  • Constructed Schindewolf Regional Pump Station (FKA Spears Road R.P.S)
  • Began construction on the Rendl Regional Pump Station (FKA SH249 R.P.S)
  • NHCRWA has converted and is delivering approximately 30 million gallons per day (MGD) of surface water to 57 districts
  • Partnered with the City of Houston on construction of the Greens Road Waterline that saves the Authority ~$15 million
  • Partnered with other regional water authorities to acquire, treat and deliver an additional 450 MGD of treated surface water
    • The Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project
    • Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project