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Clean Pipes are Green Pipes

Clogged pipes, whether in your house or in under the street, can be a messy, costly, and inconvenient problem. With a few simple best practices you can help prevent clogged pipes and save the environment. View or download the Clean Pipes are Green Pipes flyer.

Notice Regarding Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Historically, the District's Board of Directors conducted regular monthly meetings. However, in an effort to reduce expenses, the Board has elected to meet only as necessary. Meetings are currently being held via telephone conference only. To learn more about upcoming meetings, you can view or download Agendas and packets for meetings.

NOTICE:
STAGE 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS
In Effect

Consistent with the Districtís Drought Contingency Plan, which is required by State law, the District will implement Stage 2 mandatory watering restrictions effective March 25, 2021 in an effort to manage the take-or-pay purchase obligations in connection with the Districtís wholesale water supply and to conserve the Districtís water resources. The goal for Stage 2 is to achieve a 20% reduction in average daily water use. Under Stage 2, landscape irrigation is only permitted before 4:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. on the following designated watering days:

Address Ends In
1 or 7
2 or 8
3 or 9
0 or 4
5
6
Watering Day
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Additional restrictions regarding washing vehicles, filling swimming pools, fountains and ponds, use of water from hydrants, and wasting water also apply. Please visit www.crossroadsus.com/mydistrict.html and navigate to the Districtís webpage for a copy of the Drought Contingency Plan, which includes the full list of Stage 2 mandatory water use restrictions. Violations of the Stage 2 mandatory watering restrictions will be subject to a $500 fine or the installation of a flow-restriction device, and repeat violations may be subject to termination of water service.

Wholesale Water Supply:
Summary of take-or-pay purchase requirements

The Manor MUDs reached a settlement with Metro-H2O, Ltd., their water supplier, regarding the wholesale water rate in May, 2011, and the wholesale water supply contract has been amended to reflect the new rate structure as well as the other terms of the settlement. The basics of how the new wholesale rate structure works are summarized in the chart below:

Revised Wholesale Water Rate & Terms 2011 Wholesale Water Cost
 Initial Take-or-Pay Amount 130 million gallons per year
 Initial Wholesale Water Rate (a) $ 4.95 per thousand gallons $ 643,500 Take-or-Pay
 Initial Annual Fee (a) $ 130,000 130,000 Annual Fee
$ 773,500
 a) The wholesale rate and the annual fee are both subject to annual increases of approximately 3%.

A key provision of the revised rate structure is a take-or-pay purchase provision that requires the MUDs to purchase a minimum amount of water per year. The initial minimum purchase requirement for 2011 is 130,000,000 gallons of water, which was established as the initial minimum amount because the MUDs' average annual wholesale water usage each year from 2008 to 2010 was 129.7 million gallons and, with development continuing to be slow, this amount was considered to be a reasonable initial benchmark. However, due to the extreme drought conditions persisting in Central Texas, water usage in the Manor MUDs has increased significantly during 2011 and is currently projected to reach Ī150 million gallons by the end of the year. This level of water usage will cause an increase in the minimum take-or-pay wholesale amount due to the wholesale water provider next year because once the amount of water used by the MUDs exceeds the minimum base quantity, the take-or-pay amount for the following year will be increased by 90% of the excess water used. An example of how the increase would be calculated based on current usage projections is illustrated in the following chart:

Increased Water Usage Take-or-Pay Calculations Increased Wholesale Water Take-or-Pay Cost
 Increased Usage Amount 150,000,000 gallons per year $ 643,500 Take-or-Pay
 Initial Take-or-Pay Amount 130,000,000 gallons per year 130,000 Annual Fee
Subtotal 20,000,000 $ 773,500
X 90% 89,100 Additional Take-or-Pay Cost
18,000,000 $ 862,600 Increased Take-or-Pay Cost
 Plus Pervious Year's Take-or-Pay 130,000,000 gallons per year
 Revised Take-or-Pay Amount 180,000,000 gallons per year

Because the MUDs' wholesale water costs are funded by the retail rates charged to the residents of the MUDs, an increase in take-or-pay costs could affect retail water rates for you and your neighbors. In an effort to mitigate the effect that increased water usage may have on retail rates and conserve and manage the community's water resource, the District implemented Stage 2 water use restrictions effective November 3, 2011. Click HERE for additional information on the requirements of Stage 2 restrictions.



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