Weather Update as of 12/19/22
- The approaching arctic air outbreak will be the coldest air mass since February 2021.
- It is forecast that temperatures will drop quickly Thursday Night into Friday Morning.
- Temperatures likely to be in the teens north of Highway 105, near 20 degrees near I-10, and in the mid 20s south of I-10
- Many areas could be below freezing for 20-36 hours
- Many areas will likely not get above freezing on Friday.
- Though warming into the upper 30s will occur on Saturday, temperatures will drop below freezing on Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
Important to Protect the Four Ps
National Weather Service Information
- Thursday into the Christmas Holiday
- The Arctic front is on track to move into the area on Thursday. It will bring periods of freezing temperatures (and likely some <25°) into much of the weekend.
- Too early to confidently pinpoint exactly just how low readings will fall, or how many consecutive hours below freezing any single location will get.
- Confidence is high that we will see some bitterly cold air and freezing temperatures, but don’t focus on any individual model, or model run, this far out.
- The specifics will change as time progresses.
- All businesses and residents should begin preparation for some hard freezes before the coldest weather is set to move in on Thursday.
- For industry that needs an extended amount of lead time, the NWS encourages individuals to review plans/actions that might need to be implemented should conditions warrant (any extended durations of subfreezing temperatures, gale force winds, high seas, low water conditions, etc.)
Notice Regarding Extreme Weather Emergencies
This communication is to notify you that Grand Mission Municipal Utility District No. 1, your retail water and sanitary sewer provider, is:
- prohibited from imposing late fees or disconnecting retail water or sewer service for nonpayment of bills that are due during an extreme weather emergency until after the emergency is over;
- required to offer a payment schedule to a customer who requests such a schedule for unpaid bills due during an extreme weather emergency; and
- prohibited from disconnecting retail water or sewer service for nonpayment of bills due during an extreme weather emergency until after a payment schedule has been offered and the customer has either declined to accept the payment schedule in a timely fashion or violated the terms of the payment schedule.
For purposes of this communication, an “extreme weather emergency” is defined as a period beginning when the previous day’s highest temperature in an area did not exceed 28 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature is predicted to remain at or below that level for the next 24 hours according to the nearest National Weather Service reports for that area. An extreme weather emergency is over on the second business day the temperature exceeds 28 degrees Fahrenheit.
Aviso Sobre Emergencias Climáticas Extremas
Esta comunicación es para notificarle que su proveedor de agua y alcantarillado sanitario Grand Mission Municipal Utility District No. 1 es:
- prohibido imponer cargos por demora o desconectar el servicio de agua o alcantarillado por falta de pago de las facturas que vencen durante una emergencia climática extrema hasta después de que termine la emergencia;
- obligado a ofrecer un plan de pago a un cliente que solicite dicho acuerdo para las facturas adeudadas durante una emergencia climática extrema; y
- prohibido desconectar el servicio de agua o alcantarillado por falta de pago de facturas adeudadas durante una emergencia climática extrema hasta que se haya ofrecido un plan de pago y el cliente se haya negado a aceptar el plan de pago de manera oportuna o haya violado los términos del plan de pago.
A los fines de este comunicado, una “emergencia climática extrema” se define como un período que comienza cuando la temperatura más alta del día anterior en un área no superó los 28 grados Fahrenheit y se pronostica que la temperatura permanecerá en ese nivel o por debajo de este durante las próximas 24 horas. de acuerdo con los informes del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional más cercano para esa área. Una emergencia climática extrema termina el segundo día hábil en que la temperatura supera los 28 grados Fahrenheit.
Notice of Withdrawal of Stage 1 Drought Conditions
Please be advised that effective November 17, 2022, the North Fort Bend Water Authority (“Authority”) withdrew implementation of Stage 1 (voluntary reductions) of its Drought Contingency Plan. Stage 1 drought conditions have been lifted.
We thank you for your cooperation during this time in helping us to conserve water. A copy of the Authority’s Drought Contingency Plan is included on the Authority’s website: www.nfbwa.com.
2022 Tax Statement
If you have not received your tax statement and you do not escrow your taxes, please contact the Tax Office at (281) 499-1223 or visit their website at www.taxtech.net.
Conservation in the Home
Start in the bathroom
Did you know that about 75% of water used in the home is used in the bathroom? Look for ways to save water whenever possible. You’ll help Texas and reduce your water bill.
- Bathing: Take a shower instead of a bath to save A short shower uses less water than a long one. A low-flow showerhead saves water by as much as 50% while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower.
Installing a low-flow showerhead is the single most effective conservation step that can be taken inside the home.
- Toilet: Standard toilets manufactured prior to the 1980s usually require 5-7 gallons per flush.
Toilets sold during the ‘80s and early ‘90s use 3.5 gallons per flush. The most significant savings come from replacing your toilet with a 1.6-gallon model. Since 1992 in Texas and 1994 nationally, new toilets must use 1.6 gallons or less per flush. Do not use a brick in your toilet tank. The brick will crumble and can damage the fixture.
- Lavatory: Change your habits! Don’t let water run continuously while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your Additionally, a low-flow faucet aerator can save water use by up to 50%.
On to the kitchen for more savings…
About 8% of in-home water use takes place in the kitchen. And now for the Kitchen Sink –
- Run water only when necessary.
- Fill the basin or a dishpan to rinse dishes instead of using running water.
- Soak pots and pans before washing.
- Fill the basin or a pan with water to wash fruits and vegetables.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
- Operate the garbage disposal only when necessary.
- Wash only full loads.
- When you need to buy a new machine, take a look at the water-saving Newer models can cut water use by 25% and generally are no more expensive than non- conserving models.
All around the house
- Washing machines: Doing the laundry requires about 14% of water used inside the home.
- Conserve by adjusting the water level to match the size of your loads.
- Wash only full loads.
Pipes: Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays and wasted water while waiting for the water to “run hot.”
Water Heater: Check the thermostat. Don’t have your water heater thermostat set too high. Settings higher than 125 degrees waste energy since the water must be mixed with cold water before use.
and most important…fix those leaks!
- Leaks can account for 10% or more of the water Leaks waste both water and energy.
Need proof? A toilet with a silent leak of one cup of water a minute – a mere dribble – wastes about 2,700 GALLONS OF WATER A MONTH. That’s not just water down the drain; that’s dollars down the drain.
If you have not received your tax statement and you do not escrow your taxes, please contact the Tax Office at 281-499-1223 or visit their website at www.taxtech.net.
Sign Up for the District’s Alert System
The District has implemented an email alert system for the residents of Grand Mission Municipal Utility District 1. This system is designed to keep you informed of issues related to the District in a quick and timely manner. You may receive messages in email alert format related to the water service in the District, drainage and sewer related topics, and other news that is relevant to the District.
The email alerts that you may receive will contain the majority of the relevant information and may occasionally direct you back to the District’s website for more details.
These notifications are a great way to stay up to date on news and issues within the District and we highly encourage you to sign up and share this information with your neighbors.
To sign up for email notifications, please click here to visit the sign up page.
What You Should Know About Hurricanes
- Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Prepare before hurricane season starts. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15 and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
- Listen to local officials.