Remember This Memorial Day….
“All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”
Holiday Closing Notice
Monday, May 27, 2019, Memorial Day will be a holiday observed by Residential Recycling & Refuse of Texas (RRRTX). Trash services that are normally on Monday will resume collection on Thursday, May 30th, 2019. Please visit the RRRTX website for more information.
Please always remember to have your trash and/or recycle out by 7am on your service day.
Texas and Harris County have limited groundwater supplies and a requirement to convert the majority of water usage in our area to surface water. The North Harris County Regional Water Authority (the “NHCRWA”), our primary supplier of surface water, has the responsibility to ensure there is an adequate supply for this growing region now and into the future. For decades, the NHCRWA has been developing infrastructure to supply surface water.
The cost of the infrastructure work is shared equally across the NHCRWA community through groundwater pumpage fees and surface water rates. This April, the NHCRWA is increasing its rates by $0.45 cents per 1,000 gallons of water usage.
As a result of the NHCRWA rate increases, effective with your April billing statement, which will be dated April 22, 2019, the NHCRWA fee on your bill will increase to $3.20 per 1,000 gallons of usage.
The Board of Directors of the Bilma District is sensitive to rising costs and deliberates carefully about raising fees and taxes. Where possible, the Board takes measures to mitigate costs. For example, the Board reduced the 2019 tax rate by two cents. Additionally, in the past, the District made capital contributions to the NHCRWA so that we could charge a lower pumpage fee/surface water rate than the actual rate of the NHCRWA. Even with this $0.45 increase, the District still is charging residents less than what the NHCRWA is charging the District.
While the Bilma Board feels we must pass along this increase as a portion of the total NHCRWA fee, the Board will continue to look for ways to keep taxes and water rates lower than many of our neighboring districts.
We encourage you to find ways to use less water to save money and to save water, which is a precious and limited resource. From time-to-time, we will send you information about how to reduce water use. Our website, www.bilmapud.com, and the NHCRWA website, www.nhcrwa.org, are resources for conservation tips and practices.
Our Board meetings are always open to the public and you are welcome to address the Board in person if you wish to provide public comment on this or any other topic related to our District. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. and are held at the Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse II, 6002 Bur Oak, Spring, Texas.
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019). Hurricanes.gov/Prepare
Sunday, May 5- Determine Your Risk
Monday, May 6- Develop an Evacuation Plan
Tuesday, May 7- Assemble Disaster Supplies
Wednesday, May 8- Get an Insurance Checkup
Thursday, May 9- Strengthen Your Home
Friday, May 10- Help Your Neighbor
Saturday, May 11- Complete a Written Plan
The timing for our online survey is now past. The Bilma Directors continue to be interested in your input on possible improvements to our community. You can email comments via this website.
This weekend is the 2019 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday in the State of Texas. You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ending at midnight on Monday, April 29. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption. Please visit the Texas Comptroller’s Website for more information, including a list of qualifying and excluded supplies. Hurricane Season is just around the corner. Don’t wait until the next storm is in the Gulf before preparing yourself and your family.
The Board of Directors of Bilma PUD is interested in hearing what residents would like to see improved or enhanced in our community. We have no specific plans at this time but there may be opportunities to allocate District funds for projects that would be beneficial to our neighborhoods. Your input will guide our decisions.
Please submit the survey about this matter by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1st on this website. You may also provide your comments by attending the regular meeting of the Bilma PUD Board to be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd at the Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse located at 6002 Bur Oak.
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As of noon, January 10, 2019, The Bilma Public Utility District has canceled the boil water advisory to our customers. There is no need to boil water supplied by the Bilma PUD.
As the Bilma operator expected, Bilma PUD water was found safe to drink in the latest sample. The operator further feels Bilma water was always safe to drink and a testing sample was inaccurate.
While the operator feels Bilma water was safe, customers should make their own decision as to whether to dispose of ice, flush water throughout home water lines or replace water filters.
We will continue to review our sample and lab process and improve our communication to residents and customers. We apologize for the inconvenience of the boil water notice.
The Bilma Public Utility District has issued a boiled water advisory to our customers.
Our routine sampling, as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), detected coliform organisms. While we feel chlorine levels are sufficient to eliminate the coliform organisms, the TCEQ requires us to advise customers to boil water to ensure safe consumption.
We have already re-sampled water and are having it tested at a certified lab. We expect to see safe drinking water levels in the next lab report on Thursday, January 10. We will keep you informed through notices on our web site and signs posted in the community. A copy of the boil water notice required by the TCEQ is below.
We apologize for the inconvenience of this situation. The Bilma Board will conduct a full-review of the test and lab process to ensure safe delivery of superior water quality to our residents, in accordance with EPA and TCEQ requirements.