FBC Severe Weather: Status Updates for 12/6/2018

As you may be aware, we are expecting some heavy rain and the potential for some severe weather to move through our area starting today and overnight into Saturday. As a recap from the National Weather Service/Hydro:

  • The rain will start in the evening hours on Friday (during commuting hours)
  • The bulk of the rain will hit FBC between midnight and 6am Saturday morning
  • Once the front moves through in the morning on Saturday, it will move through quickly
  • Most of the impacts to FBC will be flash flooding of streets, creeks, and bayous with the potential for some damaging winds (remember: there are lot of holiday decorations in yards this time of year) and tornadoes
  • We likely won’t see river impacts along the Brazos or San Bernardo until into next week
  • FBC EOC is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness). The FBC EOC will likely move to Level II (Limited Activation) with a partial activation of the EOC in the afternoon on Friday (12/7/2018).

Emergency alerts, if any, and other information regarding potential flooding will be issued by the Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management, and may be monitored at http://fbcoem.org.

Flash Flood Watch

Based on recent forecast maps for rain, our area could get between 3 to 6 inches of rainfall while the upper portions of the Brazos River watershed, especially the Brenham area, could see 5 to 6 inches of rainfall. There also is the possibility of isolated amounts of 8 to 10 inches. With these totals and the short duration, we have an increased risk of street ponding with local rises in our creeks and streams occurring Friday night. This is particularly the case in areas with a history of ponding and/or poor conveyance.

Currently the Brazos River in Richmond is at Gage 18.85 feet with no river forecast published. Based on the predicted rainfall, the Brazos River could rise through Fort Bend County; however, until we have more certainty on the location of these isolated higher rain amounts, the actual impacts to us will change. We will provide additional updates as necessary as things develop, but we encourage our residents to pay attention to local weather forecasts.

Our neighbors to the East, the Harris County Flood Control District, has issued information about a powerful storm system bringing high impact weather to TX starting later today. They have issued a Flash Flood Watch has been issued from noon Friday until noon Saturday for all SE TX counties. They advise Flash Flooding of streets along with significant rises on area bayous, creeks, and rivers to flood levels is possible.

HCFCD says: Powerful upper level storm system moving into S CA and NW MX this morning will track generally eastward and into TX over the next 48 hours. SW flow aloft is already spreading clouds across the area with currently best moisture return focused across SC/C TX where scattered showers have already developed. Activity will increase today from the coastal bend northward along the I-35 corridor where favorable moisture transport overlaps with short wave energy aloft. Some of this activity will likely affect our far western and southwestern counties this later this morning into the afternoon hours.

Friday-Saturday:

Excessive rainfall event likely Friday afternoon-Saturday morning resulting in flooding.

A surface cold front currently moving southward is now expected to reach our NW counties around College Station early Friday and then slowly move across SE TX during the day. This front will act as a strong lifting feature to promote widespread showers and thunderstorms within a very favorably moist air mass. In fact models continue to suggest near record/record moisture levels will be in place by Friday afternoon with PWS of 1.8-2.0 inches over much of the area. Forecast soundings show little instability, but loaded with plentiful moisture form the surface into the upper levels indicating convection will be very effective at heavy rainfall production. Unfortunately it appears the slow moving surface front will be nearing the US 59 corridor around the time that maximum parameters for heavy rainfall focus over SE TX. This includes a very strong 45-55kt low level jet which will transport copious moisture into the frontals slope. Additionally, winds aloft become increasing divergent helping to aid lift and vent near surface lift. Add in a slow moving surface boundary and a nearly “tropical air mass” and you pretty much have everything needed for excessive rainfall rates.

Rainfall Amounts:

Widespread rainfall amounts of 3-6 inches appear likely over nearly all of the area with isolated totals of 8-10 inches. It is still somewhat uncertain where those higher isolated totals may occur, but areas along and NW of US 59 may have a slightly greater risk than areas S of US 59. Much of the higher totals will tend to focus closely with the surface front and where it slows at times as it crosses the region. In addition to the overall totals, high hourly rainfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour will be possible which will lead to rapid urban flooding of street systems.

Hydro:

Forecasted rainfall amounts and the widespread nature of the rainfall pattern strongly support significant rises on area watersheds. Think most basins can handle 6 hour totals of 3-4 inches, but anything greater than about 4 inches in 6 hours is going to likely be cause for concern. Creek, bayou, and river flooding will be possible especially in the San Jacinto, Trinity, and Brazos basins. For Harris County, all of the creeks and bayous will likely see significant rises and exceeding of flood stage levels is possible on some of the watersheds depending on exactly where the heaviest rains fall. Greatest concern at the moment is for the watersheds over the northern half of Harris County, but think all watersheds have about equal chances of seeing significant rises and possible flooding. Usual common flooding locations on Little Cypress Creek and lower South Mayde Creek will likely experience flooding. Some structure flooding will be possible if watersheds exceed their banks or intense rainfall rates overwhelm street systems.

Decision Support

Timing: Friday morning College Station area, mid to late afternoon Houston area through Saturday morning

Amounts: 3-6 inches widespread isolated 8-10 inches

Watersheds: flooding of creeks, bayous, and rivers is possible

Street Flooding: high threat for street flooding

Severe: a few storms late Friday night may become severe near the coast with a tornado threat.

Forecasted Rainfall Amounts:

Friday-Saturday Excessive Rainfall Outlook:

Christmas In The Park

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST

Pecan Grove Park
800 Pitts Rd, Richmond, Texas 77406

Movie for the children on a huge outdoor TV screen. Movie TBA

DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Special appearance from Santa Claus right after the movie. See Mrs. Santa Claus as well.

Sponsors:
Christ’s Church Foster Creek
Pecan Grove Plantation Property Owners Association (POA)
Minchew Family

Ft. Bend Constables Pct.3/PG Fire Dept on site for your protection.

Come join us for an evening of delight, fun and joy.

Santa is Coming to Town!

Hosted by Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST

Santa is coming to town to ride on the Fire Truck!!! He will start his tour through the neighborhoods at 8am. Santa and his helpers will be on two trucks going through Pecan Grove, Waterside Estates, Harvest Green and Plantation Place. We will be keeping everyone updated on our locations throughout the day on our Facebook page.

Note: This year, due to safety concerns, we will NOT be entering cul-de-sacs. Please come down to the front of your street.

Holiday Garbage Collection / Customer Service Hours

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22nd
There is no trash pickup or recycling on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. Next pick up date is Monday, November 26th.
The Customer Service Office will be closed Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd.

Christmas, Tuesday, December 25th
There will be no changes to garbage or recycling service.
The Customer Service Office will be closed Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th.

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1st
There will be no changes to garbage or recycling service.
The Customer Service Office will be closed Tuesday, January 1st.

The Customer Service number is 281-238-5000. PLEASE USE THIS NUMBER FOR ALL CALLS. You MAY also email your non-emergency questions or comments to CUSTOMERSERVICE@PECANGROVEMUD.COM visit the District’s web site at www.pecangrovemud.com.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2018 on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. CDST at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club located at 3000 Plantation Drive, Richmond, TX 77406. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal: R. Yokubaitis, S. Crow, B. Kluppel & J. Gobar
AGAINST the proposal: (none)
PRESENT and not voting: (none)
ABSENT: C. Bertrand

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Notice of Taxpayers’ Right to Rollback Election

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

New Online Customer Portal is now LIVE!

In 2018, we introduced a new online customer portal for making water bill payments. Customers can create an account by visiting www.edpwater.com and following the instructions below. Make individual or automatic payments online for a $1.00 fee, when paying by eCheck from a bank account or a 3% fee when paying by credit or debit card.

How to create an account:

  1. Go to www.edpwater.com
  2. Click on Pay Your Bill, select your water District’s name
  3. Click on PAY ONLINE NOW
  4. Click on Sign up now
  5. Follow online instructions beginning with your security code from your most recent water bill.

We hope you enjoy the new features which include:

  • Viewing real-time balance & transaction history
  • Viewing current and past billing statements
  • Viewing your water use history
  • Updating your mailing address
  • Signing up for eBilling

Changes to Our Auto-Pay Program

The auto-pay program has been moved to the Online Customer Portal. This change will not disrupt autopayments set up through our original payment program and no action is required. However, we encourage you to sign on to the new customer portal and confirm/update your account information.

For more information or assistance with registration, call EDP at
832-467-1599
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.
Visit www.edpwater.com for more information.

Labor Day Trash and Office Schedule

The Customer Service office will be closed and there will be no garbage pick-up or recycling on Labor Day, September 3rd.

Normal pick-up will resume on September 6th.

If you have an outside leak or sewer problem, call us before calling a plumber. We are here to help 24/7.

The Customer Service number is 281-238-5000. PLEASE USE THIS NUMBER FOR ALL CALLS. You MAY also email your non-emergency questions or comments to CUSTOMERSERVICE@PECANGROVEMUD.COM.

Coming Soon – New Online Customer Portal

Please note the following important changes that are being made to the way online payments are made.

On August 28, 2018, we will introduce a new customer portal as a new option for making payments. After this date, we request that you create an account by visiting www.edpwater.com and following the instructions below. Make individual or automatic payments online for a $1.00 fee, when paying by eCheck from a bank account or for a 3% fee when paying by credit or debit card. If you have made electronic payments in the past the previous website will now redirect you to the new payment portal.

How to create an account:

  1. Go to www.edpwater.com
  2. Click on Pay Your Bill > Select your water District’s name
  3. Click on PAY ONLINE NOW
  4. Click on Sign up now
  5. Follow online instructions beginning with your security code from your most recent water bill

We hope you enjoy the new features which will include:

  • Viewing real-time balance & transaction history
  • Viewing current and past billing statements
  • Viewing your water use history
  • Updating your mailing address
  • Signing up for ebilling

Changes to Our Auto-Pay Program

We will be moving our auto-pay program over to the Online Customer Portal beginning August 28, 2018. This change should not disrupt auto-payments set up through our original payment program and no action should be required. After August 28, 2018, we encourage you to sign on to the new customer portal and confirm/update your account information.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we hope these changes will improve your satisfaction with services provided by your water district.

For more information or assistance with registration, call Pecan Grove Customer Service at 281-238-5000.
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CST.
Visit www.edpwater.com for more information.

Are you planning to install a swimming pool?

If you plan to construct or install a swimming pool or in-ground spa within the District’s boundaries, you must notify the District’s operator, EDP, in writing prior to commencing construction of the pool. This may be completed by emailing www.pecangrovemud.com/contact with your account number in the subject line. After the notification is received, a representative from the District’s operator will contact you to schedule the necessary inspection and answer any questions related to the District’s requirements for pool installations.

The District’s operator will ensure that all drains and backwash from the swimming pool or spa are installed and connected to the District’s sanitary sewer and that the proper backflow prevention devices required by the District are installed. After the drains have been installed, you must notify the District’s operator, who will make an inspection of all swimming pool drains to verify that the proper connection is made, before service is authorized for said swimming pool. The current inspection fee charged to the person installing the swimming pool is $75 and billed on the water bill.

Lawsuit to Recover Damages Related to Flooding During Hurricane Harvey

After repeated failed negotiation and mediation attempts to reach settlement with Jones & Carter, the former District engineers, on Thursday June 21, the District filed a lawsuit in Fort Bend County Courts to recover damages related to flooding during Hurricane Harvey. On Wednesday, June 20, the District received notice that a group of homeowners also filed suit against Jones & Carter. You may find copies of the lawsuit petitions online at the Fort Bend County District Clerk website.

What You Should Know About Hurricanes

From Ready.gov

Pecan Grove Park Restrooms and Pavilion

Update: The Pecan Grove Park Restrooms and Pavilion will be closed until June 10th.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please call PGMUD Parks Manager at (832) 818-5600. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pecan Grove Park Restrooms

Pecan Grove Park, located at Pitts Road, bathrooms will be closed for the week of May 29th due to new flooring being installed. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call PGMUD Parks Manager at (832) 818-5600. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Board News

Fond Farewell to Chad Howard

It is with great sadness and gratitude that we say goodbye to PGMUD President Chad Howard and his family. Chad served on the Board from May 2012 to May 2018. He has sold his home in the District and is building a home in Needville. The Board will miss his service and leadership for the community.

New Director Appointed

The Board has appointed long time Pecan Grove resident Jean Gobar to fill the unexpired term of Chad Howard. Jean recently retired from service with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office. While Jean served as Deputy, she was the security coordinator for Pecan Grove’s contract with the Sheriff’s office, so she knows our District well. She has attended many District meetings over the years. Although Chad’s role with the Board will be hard to fill, we look forward to the contributions that Jean will make to the district.

Election Results

Over 600 voters participated in the Pecan Grove MUD election during early voting and on Saturday May 5th. Fort Bend Elections Administrator certified the results on May 8th which re-elected Ryan Yokubaitis and Buddy Kluppel to the Board:

Ryan Yokubaitis – 490
Buddy Kluppel – 394
John Minchew – 218
Elizabeth Waltz – 124
Todd Johnson – 35
Total: 1,261

New Board Officers

The Board has re-organized. The new officers are:

Ryan Yokubaitis, President
Steve Crow, Vice President
G.E. “Buddy” Kluppel, Secretary
Jean Gobar, Assistant Secretary
Charles “Chuck” Bertrand, Assistant Vice President

Water Quality Report

Thank you for being patient with us as we have been working to determine a cause for the blue colored water. Our job is to make sure your drinking water remains safe. To recap; we started getting reports from customers about a blue color in the water on Monday April 2nd. We collected samples of the blue water to determine what was causing the color and to confirm that the water continues to meet State and Federal standards. As a precaution, the Board of Directors authorized turning off the water supply from the PGMUD surface water plant and to only use water from our ground water wells. We did this because we knew that the water from the District’s water wells is much less likely to contribute to causing the water to have a blue color. The water system was then flushed to remove water with the blue color.

While all of this was happening we were also taking extra samples from the drinking water system, from the surface water plant and from Oyster Creek. An accredited third party laboratory was engaged to collect samples and perform testing to confirm that the water continued to be safe to drink. The accredited laboratory performed numerous tests to confirm that the water was safe to drink and to look for a cause of the blue color. The most important fact is that the water remained safe to drink throughout this time. Below is a table summarizing the drinking water test results. We have also included the laboratory reports and some links related to the drinking water standards.

As a result of the testing, we found that the water coming from Oyster Creek to be treated by our surface water treatment plant had a higher than normal level of aluminum. Higher levels of Aluminum are known to have caused blue color in other water systems. We believe that the blue color in the water was caused by the Aluminum coming from Oyster Creek. The Pecan Grove Surface Water Plant is designed to remove Aluminum. The plant did just that, it removed sufficient Aluminum to a level below the public drinking water standard.

During this time Pecan Grove MUD and its consultants engaged the assistance of other drinking water system experts including the other utilities that provide drinking water that use the Brazos River/Oyster Creek as the water source for their surface water. As you might know, the District and other drinking water suppliers in Fort Bend County have been required to convert from the use of ground water to a percentage of surface water. Our surface water supplies come from the Brazos River via Oyster Creek. These systems include the City of Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Fort Bend Co. WC&ID #2 (the City of Stafford). The water source for FB Co. WC&ID #2 and the City of Sugar Land surface water plants is Oyster Creek; the same water source as PGMUD. Because of the efforts to investigate this issue, these system were given advance notice of the elevated level of Aluminum coming down Oyster Creek. Both of these systems have now confirmed that the level of Aluminum in Oyster Creek is elevated.

In addition to the higher level of Aluminum there was also a higher than normal level of Iron in the water. Our testing shows that the Iron was removed from the water at the surface water plant, and we don’t believe that the higher level of Iron contributed to the blue color in the water. Although our surface water plant remains offline during all this testing, recent process testing at the PGMUD Surface Water Plant shows that the higher levels of Aluminum and Iron have returned to the previous normal levels. We have started preparations to put the Pecan Grove surface water plant back online, and will be conducted a phased startup over the coming days. Pecan Grove MUD is fortunate to have sufficient supply of water from our ground water wells to operate our system and supply our customers.

Again we would like to thank you for your patience. This type of testing and investigation takes time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we encourage you to call or email us if you have questions. The Board will be addressing this at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting, and they welcome you to attend.

Please note that the table of sample results below are not considered by the State or Federal regulatory agencies to be official drinking water system water quality testing. This testing is considered to be “Process Control” testing. The District tests its water according to the state and federal drinking water standards. The frequency of testing can be found on the annual Consumer Confidence Report “CCR”. These are official tests required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Drinking Water Testing
2719 Falling Forest-Blowoff
Sampled: April 3, 2018
Lab Test Results (PDF)

If the column for the drinking water standard does not have a number in it, this means this particular test does not have a limit for drinking water.

 

Levee Table Top Exercise

Members of EDP and Odyssey Engineering Group participated in the Levee Table Top Exercise hosted by Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. The exercise was used as an opportunity to discuss the events that led up to Hurricane Harvey and learn from the efforts of those on a County-wide level. Fort Bend County and those in attendance walked through potential scenarios related to heavy rain events and high water levels in the Brazos River. EDP and Odyssey will take the ideas discussed and incorporate them into the Emergency Action Plan for Pecan Grove MUD.

Thursday Update: Water Quality Issues

We continue to investigate the source of the blue tinted water in our system. We have confirmed that Oyster Creek is the source of the water quality issues. The District has switched from surface water to ground water and has flushing to clear the waterlines.

The District performed water quality testing and the results have confirmed the drinking water in Pecan Grove meets state and local drinking water standards. We will continue to keep you posted as new information comes available. The customer service number is (281) 238-5000. Please don’t hesitate to call with questions.

Monday Update: Water Quality Issues

We have received reports from customers about blue water in our system and are aware of the issue. To address this we are flushing the system to remove any water with blue color. If you are experiencing any water quality issues, blue water or otherwise, please contact our office and we will be happy to check at your home. We are conducting extra water quality testing, and all drinking water testing completed has confirmed your water is safe. The customer service number is (281) 238-5000. Please don’t hesitate to call.

Engineering Updates

Drainage Improvements on F.M. 359

The District is building sluice gates at key locations within the drainage system for Farm-to-Market Road 359 (FM 359). The Contractor, Black Castle, is making progress having constructed the necessary junction boxes on the existing drainage system. The Contractor has installed the sluice gate located at the northern end of the drainage system, between the intersections of FM 359/Mason Road and FM 359 and Plantation Drive and is nearing completion of the sluice gate in the southern end of the drainage system, located south of the Campanile at Jones Creek apartments. The Contractor is expected to be completed in Spring 2018.

Construction Update for Levee Extension around Plantation 4 & 5 Detention Basin

Levee Extension (PDF)

On March 5, 2018 the Notice to Proceed was issued to R&T Ellis Excavators on the extension of the levee around the Plantation 4 & 5 Detention Basin. When completed, the project will place the existing detention basin inside the boundaries of the levee providing the same level of flood protection as the rest of Pecan Grove. The Contractor will build the new levee on the north and the east boundaries of the basin without impacting the existing levee. The contract time on the project is forty-five (45) days pending any inclement weather, therefore the project is expected to be completed well before the official start to hurricane season.

The contractor’s anticipated working time on this project is from sun-up to sun-down, Monday through Saturday. No work on Sundays.

Flap Gates on South Pump Station

The District is replacing the existing flap gates located on the west side of FM 359 at the South Pump Station. The original flap gates have reached their anticipated life span. The new flap gates will be constructed of stainless steel to provide long lasting service and protection to the residents of Pecan Grove.

Pecan Grove Park Playground

The Pecan Grove Park playground will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, while additional new playground equipment is being installed.

Water Bill Payment

Attention Customers,

It has come to our attention that payments to PGMUD are being processed through Doxo.com. Doxo.com is not an authorized payment center/website for PGMUD. Should a community, or resident, decide to submit payment via this web address that will not constitute payment to PGMUD for services rendered. Further, it could cause a delinquency in your payment processing which could result in a suspension of services. Please go to pecangrove.firstbilling.com to pay your water bill.

Water Bills for January

Dear Residents,

January water bills were mailed out late this month. To request an emailed copy, please contact EDP customer service at (281) 238-5000 with questions or concerns. We have extended the due date until February 2nd. As a reminder, the district office is located at 2035 FM 359, Suite K. Our customer service team is happy to take your payment and assist with any questions. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Garbage Collection Schedule

Waste Corporation of Texas will not collect trash Monday, Christmas Day. Trash service will resume Thursday, December 28th; Recycling service ( for residents north of Plantation Drive ) will resume January 8th.

Waste Corporation of Texas will not collect trash Monday, New Year’s Day. Trash service will resume Thursday, January 4th.