Why Water Conservation?
Why Water Conservation is Essential for Sustainable Communities
District residents want their communities to be sustainable. However, to achieve sustainability and long-term viability, the District and its residents must work together to implement successful water conservation practices. Water efficiency and conservation contributes to reduced subsidence, which aids efforts to reduce flooding, and helps improve the health for our aquifers, which will provide adequate sources of drinking water for future generations. Additionally, water efficiency results in less run off into lakes and rivers and less energy used in the provision and treatment of water, which increases the opportunity to create a sustainable environment now and for the future. Most people don't realize the complexity of the distribution of quality drinking water and the collection and treatment of sewage and may not be aware that the District's water and wastewater facilities represent the largest electrical consumer within the District. Thus, each of us has a responsibility to use less water to ensure adequate water supplies for the future and to reduce overall energy consumption.
The District is committed to protecting ground water sources by providing conservation programs that reward consumers for using less water, which will lower monthly water bills and/or earn credits to your water bill account:
- Install Low-Flow Showerheads at No Cost to You! The District will provide two (2) low flow showerheads to all residential customers at no cost to the customer. All you have to do to obtain your showerheads is to complete the form click here to print the Low Flow Showerhead Order Form, drop form in a District payment box, or complete the on-line order form, (allow 3-6 weeks for availability for pickup).
- Enroll in the District's Rebate Program! District customers have the opportunity to enroll in a voluntary program that offers a rebate, in the form of a credit to your water bill, designed to reward our customers for water conservation. The program is very simple:
- Contact the billing office (281-277-0129, ext.5306, 5309, 5310, or 5311) and agree to participate in the program for one year (365 day period to be calculated from the date the resident joins the program).
- The billing and collection staff will compare the resident's current water usage (gallons used) to water usage for the same time in the previous year for this one-year period.
- Every 6 months in the defined 12 month period that the customer uses less water (measured in total gallons used) compared to the water used for the same period in the previous year, the resident will receive a 10% rebate in the form of a credit to their water bill (based on current year's usage with a maximum credit of $75.00 (seventy-five dollars) per account.) For the months in the current billing cycle when total gallons used equals or exceeds amounts used compared to the same period in the previous year, no credit will be issued.
- The conservation rebate program ends 365 days from the date the resident joins the program. The resident must voluntarily sign up for a new one-year commitment to earn further rebates.
- Call to sign up today or, complete the on-line Water Conservation Registration form and click the button to email to our office or, you can click here to print a Water Conservation Rergistration form and drop in one of two payment boxes: one located outside the District's office or the other located in the Pheasant Creek Shell Station
- Earn a One-Time Credit to Your Bill! All you have to do is (1) Install a High Efficiency Toilet (HET) or a Water Smart Irrigation system at your residence within the District, (2) make an appointment for one of the District's Inspectors to visit your residence to verify installation (will photograph as part of the verification process), and (3) provide a copy of the proof of purchase. Once all three steps are complete and the paperwork ha been submitted to the District's Billing office, you can earn a one-time maximum credit of $50.00 (fifty dollars) to your water bill.
Don't be a Water Hog! Partnering with the District, by taking advantage of one or more of our Water Conservation programs, helps to create sustainable communities and just makes sense…and now you can earn "cents" by taking steps to increase efficiency through reductions in overall water usage which helps to reduce energy consumption, reduce subsidence, and ensure an adequate supply of water for future generations.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY = COMMUNITY HEARTLINES PROGRAM
The District's focus on responsible corporate governance is evident in everything we do, from adherence to strict ethical guidelines and corporate governance standards, adherence to regulatory mandates, voluntary participation in regulatory agency programs, to the provision of programs that support sustainable communities within the region where we conduct our business. Corporate governance and social responsibility starts with our mission and vision statement and culminates in responsible business policies and practices. We believe the District's record speaks directly to the business priorities expected by our constituents to include fiscally responsible practices and efficient operations. However, nothing says more about the District's commitment to socially responsible leadership than the activities of our Community Heartlines Programs, which helps to improve the quality of life for many of the residents within our District. The Community Heartlines Programs, initiated in 2008, is comprised of a three-part program that encourages resident participation in activities to make a positive difference for your neighbors. The programs includes (1) quarterly community blood drives (held in the District's conference center to make sure the process is close and convenient); (2) bi-annual food drives (Spring and Fall); and (3) a voluntary contribution program, in partnership with the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, that enables residents to add voluntary contributions to water bill payments to help neighbors who need financial assistance to pay their water bills (residents must designate how much they wish to contribute and add that amount to the total paid). The contributions collected are forwarded to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, where an account is maintained for residents in our District who need temporary assistance. All three programs continue to be well received and supported by the community. Socially responsible leadership and corporate governance may be a popular buzzword for the media. However, for the Board of Directors and employees of FBCM25, socially responsible behavior is a part of our every day responsibilities.