WCA is running behind on today’s trash and recycling pick-up. All trash and recycling throughout the district will be collected today, but not as early as usually expected.
The Pecan Grove MUD car wash scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday March 11th, has been canceled.
Chromium is a naturally occurring metallic element. It is found in the ground and in rocks and, when located in water bearing aquifers, it will dissolve into the water. In recent years much attention has been brought to Chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium), which is one type of chromium. Chromium-6 contamination can be naturally occurring or caused by manufacturing processes.
Drinking water quality standards are set by the federal and state regulatory agencies. In Texas these agencies are the EPA and the TCEQ. When a contaminant is shown to cause adverse health effects, these regulatory agencies will set an Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL). MCLs are set at levels that are intended to protect the public health and be technologically and financially achievable for water systems. Currently the EPA and TCEQ have set an MCL of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for Total Chromium. The laboratory method for testing Total Chromium for Drinking Water Standards is required to have a minimum detection limit of 10 ppb. The Total Chromium results for Pecan Grove MUD’s drinking water quality testing have all shown levels of Chromium that are below the minimum detection limit.
The amount of Chromium-6 in the water is included with other types of chromium in the test result for Total Chromium. The EPA and TCEQ have not set an MCL for Chromium-6. However, the EPA is currently conducting a study to evaluate drinking water standards that may result in an MCL for Chromium-6. This EPA study is titled the “Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule” (“UCMR”). This study is being performed by collecting and analyzing samples from drinking water systems around the country for a large variety of contaminants including Chromium-6. Unlike most public water systems in the area, Pecan Grove MUD participates in this study and has collected several samples testing for Chromium-6. The Chromium-6 test results from this study range from 0.236 ppb – 2.69 ppb. The California MCL for Chromium-6 is 10 ppb. While the current MCL for Total Chromium testing has a minimum detection limit of 10 ppb, the testing performed as part of the UCMR is much lower.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least trace amounts of some contaminants. Pecan Grove MUD’s water currently meets and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards and in fact meets the stricter Chromium-6 standard set in California.
Please note that the Board of Directors for Pecan Grove MUD has changed their regular meeting time on the last Tuesday of each month to 5:30 p.m. for all meetings going forward. Please mark your calendars accordingly. The District website has been updated to reflect the new meeting start time. Thank you.
Pecan Grove Residents,
Construction of the Plantation 7 Drainage Improvements Project has begun along Hole Nos. 2 , 3 and 9 on the property of the golf course. Crews that are running heavy machinery will continue working on the golf course from now until April 2017. For your own safety and the safety of the crews working, please remain off the course and off any golf cart paths near this work. Any trespassing on this site is extremely dangerous to yourself and you run the risk of being injured. The contractor has full authority to remove you from the site. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the drainage infrastructure in the MUD.
The December Board meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 27th at 5:00 pm instead of 6:00 pm, at the Pecan Grove Country Club.
Taxes must be paid by 01/31/2017 to avoid penalties and interest.
If you do not escrow your taxes and have not received a tax statement, please contact the tax office at (281) 499-1223 or visit their website at www.taxtech.net.
Pecan Grove Residents,
Construction of the Plantation 7 Drainage Improvements Project will be starting during the week of December 5. This construction area for this project will include work on Hole Nos. 2, 3, and 9, along with underground infrastructure within the Right-of-Way of Plantation Drive, Old South Drive, and Rambling Stone Drive. An increased amount of heavy truck activity will occur at the golf cart crossing on Old South Drive and Plantation Drive. The contractor’s expected completion date is April 1, 2017. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the drainage infrastructure in the MUD.
The Contractor will be restricted to only working on the golf course until the first week of January. This is being done to minimize the disturbance of all residential activities during the Christmas holiday.
To WCA Customers,
WCA will be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2016 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If your scheduled collection day falls on Thursday, service will resume the following scheduled pick up day. If you have a clause in your contract that addresses holiday makeup, this will not apply to your community.
Please understand that Monday, November 28, 2016 will be considered a double day. It will take the crews longer than a normal service day, but you will be serviced on Monday, November 28.
Hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Fort Bend County Road and Bridge will be working on road improvements on Morton League beginning October 3, 2016. The first section will be from Plantation to Austin Colony. The second section will be from Austin Colony to Pitts Road. Paving will stop before Thanksgiving and continue in January, 2017, if necessary.
The Pecan Grove MUD Customer Service Office will be closed and there will be no garbage or recycling pick-up on Labor Day, September 5th. Normal pick-up will resume on Thursday, September 8th.
The park will be closed Friday, August 19th due to gate repairs and maintenance. You may access the park by foot but no cars will be able to gain access. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For any questions, please call Park Management at 832-818-5600.
PGMUD Board of Directors
You may now pay via credit/debit/prepaid card or eCheck.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are all accepted.
Listed below are our available options for your convenience:
Log onto https://pecangrove.firstbilling.com to access the online payment portal. You can register your account, OR pay as a guest.
Automatic Monthly Payments
Log onto https://pecangrove.firstbilling.com or contact PGMUD Customer Service Office at (281) 238-5000 to sign up for auto payments. You can select your payment method, enter your desired payment recurring due date (no later than the 28th) and either a fixed payment amount or amount of the current bill. Each month, you will receive an email confirming the payment was successful. If you are currently signed up for Bank Draft, please be aware that your payment will no longer be drafted. Please access the payment portal to register for the new Auto Pay services.
Live Agent Assisted Payments
Call our office during normal business hours.
Enclose payment stub with your check or money order in the return envelope provided. Please allow ample time to ensure delivery before the due date. Mail your payment, addressed to Pecan Grove MUD, P.O. Box 1149, Richmond, TX 77406-1149.
Our office location is 2035 FM 359, Suite K, Richmond, TX 77406
Night Drop Box
Our office location has a drop box slot on the side window. Please insert a check or money order, along with the payment stub, in the return envelope. Our payment processing department will post the payment the following business day.
Online Bill Pay through Your Financial Institution
Payments can be made via your at-home internet service. Please allow 7-10 business days, prior to the due date, for the payment to be received.
First Billing Services assesses a convenience fee for each credit, debit, prepaid card and eCheck transaction. Card transactions will be assessed a 3.99% fee. One-time eCheck transactions will be assessed a $1.99 fee, and recurring eCheck transactions will be assessed a $1.00 fee.
For more information or assistance with registration,
Call the Pecan Grove Customer Service Office at (281) 238-5000
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The most recent forecast for Richmond continues to show the Brazos receding from a peak elevation of 54.81’. The most recent observation is 49.15’ at 2:15pm indicating a drop of approximately 5’. The Brazos River at Richmond is now below NWS major flood level and the current forecast calls for it to be below minor flood level early Friday morning. For reference, the River has been elevation 30’+ since mid-April.
The elevation of the Brazos River has remained steady, if not slightly decreasing over the past few hours. It currently flows at an elevation of 54.66 with the last update recorded at 6:15 PM.
The District’s Operator continues to work inside the District and will continue frequent monitoring of the levee system. Even if the water level of the Brazos continues to slightly decrease, the County will still remain in a heightened flood alert because the water elevations are significantly above flood stage.
Trash collection was completed successfully with exception of Plantation Place, which was not serviced due to closure of FM 359. Trash collection will be collected on the next regularly scheduled day.
Please continue to exercise caution and continue to look for updates from the County and your District representatives.
As part of the on-going efforts to monitor the Brazos River by the Pecan Grove MUD Emergency Operations Team, we offer the following update on current conditions.
As of 7:00 AM this morning, the Brazos River – Richmond Gage had exceeded the previously recorded level. The water at this location has been rising at a rate of approximately 1 foot per hour. Gage reading at 7:00 was 50.56.
As of 10:15 this morning it was at 51.21. The forecasted peak had been revised down slightly with the peak projected at elevation 53.4 tomorrow near noon. This level would be close to the 50-year flood level on the Brazos River at this location.
Please note that the levee around Pecan Grove is designed to protect the subdivision from Brazos River levels with the Richmond Gage readings at a level of approximately 55 and will not overtop with levels as high as 58.
As water reaches this level outside the Pecan Grove Levee, water may be approaching FM 359 in several locations and areas around Pecan Grove may see backwater effects as the Brazos River rises to its peak. The Brazos River is currently overflowing into Oyster Creek to the north of Pecan Grove.
Also note that additional rainfall may enter the area later this afternoon. While the amount of rainfall would impact the Brazos River levels, there is some capacity without significantly raising the Brazos River levels. Areas draining to the Brazos may have difficulty and may experience significant flooding (entirely dependent on the amount of rainfall.
Please note that the Pecan Grove Stormwater Pump Stations, internal drainage systems and storage areas have capacity to handle almost 12-inches of rainfall internallywithout flooding of homes. But as happens without the Brazos River flooding if the rate of rainfall exceeds 1 to 2 inches per hour, there is potential for street flooding.
Also, please avoid any “sight seeing” around the area to allow emergency personnel to perform their duties in keeping the community safe.
Heavy rains in the Brenham area over the last 24 hours will have the Brazos River water levels on the rise again. As a result Pecan Grove MUD and EDP will initiate Level 2 Emergency Levee Operations. EDP is conducting daily site inspections of the levee system and pump stations to confirm operation capability. The current prediction model from the National Weather Service indicates that the water level on the river at the Richmond gauge is above 35 feet and is expected to rise to 50.2 feet by midday Monday. If there is local rain fall, ponding water in the streets should be anticipated and is a normal part of the overall drainage and flood projection system. Please avoid driving through those areas and do not park your cars in your streets or driveways; cars should be housed in the garage to avoid rising water.
As always, please call EDP at our in district office if you have any questions, at 281-238-5000. We will continue to keep you posted.
Pecan Grove MUD Emergency Levee Operation Status for May 23, 2016
Heavy rains in the area over the past several days have got the Brazos River water levels on the rise again. As a result Pecan Grove MUD and EDP have initiated Level 1 Emergency Levee Operations. In general terms this means that we have raised our level of communication and awareness about the Brazos River. EDP is conducting site inspections of the levee system and pump stations to confirm operation capability. The current prediction model from the National Weather Service indicates that the water level on the river at the Richmond gauge is above 38 feet and is expected to rise to 40.2 feet by midday tomorrow. After reaching its peak tomorrow, the river level is expected to rapid fall and be less than 35 feet by this weekend. As always, please call EDP at our in district office if you have any questions, at 281-238-5000.
Available from Fort Bend County
Our Spring/Summer Newsletter is now available.
Topics featured in this newsletter:
- The New Fire Plan – How it Affects Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department
- Developments in the District
- Our New Website
- New Recycling Carts
- Project Updates
- Grove 4&5 and Plantation 4&5 Drainage Projects
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
- Water Plant No. 2 Improvements
- Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Televising
- Plantation 7 Drainage Project
- and much more!
The 2016 Director Election for Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District is May 7, 2016, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. There are three (3) directors positions up for election. To save money on the cost of the election, the District is contracting with Fort Bend County to hold a joint election. The estimated savings for the District contracting with Fort Bend County is approximately $14,000.00. Early voting and election day voting in person is set by Fort Bend County during the designated dates and hours.
Early voting dates are Monday, April 25, 2016 through May 3, 2016. The complete list of early voting dates, locations and hours for voting as well as election day voting locations, will be posted on the District website www.pecangrovemud.com. Fort Bend County utilizes Voting Centers on election day which allows voters to vote at any of the voting locations on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
For additional information on voting in Fort Bend County visit their website at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=338.
La Elección de Directores de 2016 del Distrito de Servicios Públicos Municipales de Pecan Grove es el 7 de mayo de 2016, de 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. Hay tres (3) posiciones de director que serán sometidas a elección. Para ahorrar dinero en el costo de la elección, el Distrito acordó un contrato con el Condado de Fort Bend para celebrar elecciones conjuntas. Se estima que mediante este contrato con el Condado de Fort Bend el Distrito estará ahorrando aproximadamente $14.000,00. La votación anticipada y la votación en persona el día de elección la establece el Condado de Fort Bend en las fechas y horarios designados.
Las fechas de votación anticipada son desde el lunes 25 de abril de 2016 hasta el 3 de mayo de 2016 inclusive. La lista completa de fechas, lugares y horarios de votación anticipada, al igual que los lugares de votación para el día de elección, serán publicados en el sitio web del Distrito en www.pecangrovemud.com. El día de elección el Condado de Fort Bend utilizará Centros de Votación que permiten a los votantes votar en cualquiera de las localidades de votación el sábado 7 de mayo de 2016.
Para más información sobre la votación en el Condado de Fort Bend visite el sitio en http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=338.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance with some parking issues in the neighborhood. When parking in the roadway, please be aware that an emergency vehicle may need to get through. Two vehicles parked directly across from one another will, in some cases, make it impossible for a fire truck or ambulance to pass. This will delay their response to a potentially life threatening event. When parking on the street please make sure your right tires are less than 18 inches from the curb. Please avoid parking directly across from another vehicle.
We have also had some complaints about residents parked in their driveway, blocking the sidewalk. When the sidewalk is blocked, pedestrians and children on bicycles are forced into the street. Please be considerate and pull your vehicle up your driveway to clear the sidewalk.