The Board of the District approved postponement of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (“NHCRWA”) fee increase that was set to take effect on April billing statements. Such action was taken at a special teleconference meeting of the District held on Friday, April 24, 2020 and is in accordance with the NHCRWA’s decision to postpone an increase in pumpage fees and surface water rates charged to the District.
Dear Valued Customer,
At Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas, we are continuing to service our customers with the utmost of care. We are following and implementing national best practices, while also taking direction from the CDC, OSHA and other governing agencies to protect our communities and employees during this pandemic.
We have instructed any employee that is under the weather to not report to work. This may result in an occasional new face on the truck that services you. Our office is temporarily restricted for the safety of all involved. We have instituted a work from home policy for our office staff members that can work from home to limit person to person contact.
During this difficult time, we request your understanding should calls not be immediately answered. We are asking that everyone use our email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for all communications until the CDC feels it is safe for everyone to return to work. While we pride ourselves on customer service, these temporary policies are in place for everyone’s safety.
Please note that many people are working from home, cooking at home instead of eating out, deep cleaning their houses and doing significant yard work during this shelter in place order. The result is an overwhelming amount of trash that is resulting in very long days for our employees and numerous trips to the landfills.
We are taking several steps to avoid disruptions in service to your community and are ask for your help as well.
What can you do to help?
- For the safety of the people working on our trucks, all household trash should be placed in tied garbage bags to help limit direct contact with waste. Your tied garbage bags should then be placed in trash cans. This is a best practice that has been being instituted nationally. It is also important to place recycling in clear bags.
- Please limit your yard waste by starting either leaving your lawn clippings in your yard or start a compost pile.
- Only prune and trim as necessary. We are seeing a significant number of limbs on the curbs. If you do trim, please limit all limbs to no longer that 4 ft in length, please neatly tie in bundles and limit the bundles to 40 lbs. or less.
- If you use a lawn service to maintain your yard, please have them haul the green waste away whenever possible.
- Please know that we are doing our best to keep everyone safe. There may be delays due to the high volume of waste being placed at the curb.
Our services are viewed as essential services and thus we expect to be allowed to continue to service you as long as it is safe to do so.
We never lose sight that you are our valuable customer. Thank you for allowing Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas to service your community.
Senior Vice President
Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas
Doreen Lorenz and her children were out on their driveway around 7 a.m. March 30 when the Residential Recycling & Refuse of Texas truck pulled up. Instead of just a trash can, on this Monday morning the garbage collectors were greeted with enthusiastic waves and colorful chalk messages……
Thank you to everyone who participated in the November Park Bond Election. Since the Park Bond passed, we are continuing to collect information based upon the wants and needs of you, the constituents of the District. We encourage you to fill out the survey below, and please be as specific as possible. Any comments you provide will be read by the entire Board Directors and can help us with the decision making process on the best use of the park bond funds.
We appreciate your time on this.
~Bilma PUD Board of Directors
Electronic Waste Pickup and Document Shredding
For Bilma P.U.D.
Document destruction will be provided on-site
You can watch while your files are shredded!!!
Provided free of charge by:
Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas
Date: November 23, 2019
Location: Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse 2
6002 Bur Oak Dr.
Spring, Texas 77379
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Items We Accept:
- Personal computers
- CRT TV’s ($25.00 disposal Fee)
- Keyboards, mouse, and speakers
- Switches & routers
- Cords & cables
- Game consoles
- Small kitchen appliances
- ***Computer monitors including: CRT, LCD, LED, Plasma
- (CRT $10.00 disposal fee)
- Hard drives
- Car batteries
- Memory chips
- Hubs and routers
- Tape drives
- Printers, copiers, and plotters
- Fax machines
- Rechargeable batteries
- Cell phones
- Toner cartridges
- Paper Documents For Shredding – must remove all metal other than staples from paper and all plastic sleeves.
TV’s accepted – with fee of $25.00 each for disposal
CRT Monitors accepted – with fee of $10.00 each for disposal
Items Not Accepted
AAA–AA–D–C–9v Type batteries
CFL light bulbs
Medical Waste or Hazardous Waste
The clippings act as a free, organic fertilizer and supply 25% or more of your lawn’s needs! Also, when the clippings are put out with the trash, it adds to landfill usage and costs. If you have a lawn service encourage them to mulch and, if they do bag, ask them to take it with them.
Review this “Quick Guide To Safe And Effective Lawn Fertilization“.
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.