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Trash Update- 7/22/2021

Please be advised that recycle collection service is currently behind schedule and is at high risk of not completing today. Crews will continue to work toward completing service today. We will return to complete service tomorrow in the event we do not finish today.

We apologize for any inconvenience the delay in service may cause. Thank you for your patience and flexibility while we work to complete service.

Trash Update- 7/22/20212021-07-23T20:38:13-05:00

Trash Update- 6/11/2021

Please be advised that waste collection service has not been completed on the streets identified below and will be recovered Friday, June 11, 2021.

The following streets will be recovered: Fairfield Dr., Cloverdale Ct., Claremont Ct., Highwood Rd., Wick Willow Dr., Bent Tree Ln., S. Wind Dr., Bentwood Dr., Wycliffe Dr., Hidden Creek Ln., Green Cove Dr. and Wingate Dr.

We apologize for any inconvenience the delay in service may have caused. Thank you for your patience and flexibility while we work to complete service.

Trash Update- 6/11/20212021-06-12T12:05:15-05:00

Hurricane Preparedness- 2021

Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.  Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.


Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane.


The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.  If you do, now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles, but have multiple options. Your destination could be a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone.  If you live in a well-built home outside the evacuation zone, your safest place may be to remain home.  Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.  As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.


You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.

If you need to go to a public shelter, the CDC recommends bringing items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and two masks for each person. (Children under two years old and people having trouble breathing should not wear face coverings.)


Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.


If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many retrofits are not as costly or time consuming as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.


Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies but remember you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.


The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know who issues evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now.  Being prepared before a hurricane threatens makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor.

Hurricane Preparedness- 20212021-04-21T20:32:21-05:00

Trash Update- 4/29/2021 @ 9:00 p.m.

Please be advised that recycle collection service has not been completed on the streets identified below and will be recovered Friday, April 30, 2021.

The following streets will be recovered: Bentwater Dr., Westlyn Ln., Marseille Dr., W. Pines Dr, Bentwood Dr., and Lake Bluff.

We apologize for any inconvenience the delay in service may have caused. Thank you for your patience and flexibility while we work to complete service.

Trash Update- 4/29/2021 @ 9:00 p.m.2021-04-30T10:45:23-05:00

Summer 2021 Newsletter

MUD 18 Newsletter
June – August 2021

Board of Directors: The MUD 18 Board of Directors consists of 5 members elected by registered voters in the District for staggered four-year terms. Nancy Busen is retiring from the MUD 18 Board effective May 30 and a new board member will be named to fulfill the remaining term.

Water, Sewer, Trash & Recycling: Many Bentwater residents had damage to their homes and freeze damage to plants and trees caused by the winter storm and extended cold temperatures in February. As a result, Spring clean-up is more extensive this year. All yard debris including plants, trees, and shrubs should be cut up, tied, and bundled for Waste Management pick-up. If possible, place yard debris in large trash bags. Make sure that the recycle bin is placed free from bags or other items. If you have any questions about what is eligible for pick-up call Waste Management at 1-800-800-5804.

Like many homeowners, the District lost landscaping around 17 lift stations. A proposal for removing dead plants and debris and replanting the areas is under consideration by the board.
Watering Tips for June-August: Texas summers are generally hot and dry, but water conservation is always recommended. Water between Midnight and 6 AM to help maintain a consistent water pressure in our wells. Avoid short, frequent periods of watering to encourage the roots of plants and trees to seek water at lower depths. As we move into warmer weather, monitor automatic sprinkler systems, especially when you are away. Watch the weather and water smarter! For more information, check Texas A & M website at http://aggieturf.tamu.edu.

Hurricane Preparedness: Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. National Hurricane Preparedness week is May 9-15, 2021. Since Houston and surrounding areas have recently been affected by major storms, Bentwater residents must be prepared. Educational information prepared by NOAA includes the following:

  • Determine your risk
  • Develop an evacuation plan
  • Assemble disaster supplies
  • Check insurance coverage
  • Strengthen your home
  • Help your neighbors

More specific guidelines from NOAA regarding hurricane preparedness can be found on the MUD 18 website at www.mcmud18.com.

Section 2013 of the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) requires community water systems that serve more than 3300 people to complete a risk and resilience assessment and develop an emergency response plan to the U.S.E.P.A. The MUD 18 Board has authorized Bleyl Engineering to complete the assessment by June 30, 2021.

Reminder on Encroachments and Easements: If you are new to Bentwater and/or are thinking of changing the structure of your house or yard on any Bentwater property, please review the Bentwater Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions on the POA website. Sections 2.02-2.05 deal with easements. Residents may petition the MUD 18 board for Consents to Encroachment of water, sewer, and utility easements.

Need to Report a Problem? Do not assume the problem has already been identified or reported. If you observe a water leak, sewer odor, discolored water, open manholes, alarms are sounding, or other problems, please help us by calling: Hays Utility Service @ 936-588-1166.

Hays has someone in Bentwater every day, seven days a week. They can and will respond 24 hours a day. Their general office hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Sign-up for E-Blasts: If you are not receiving our E-Blasts, you are missing out on timely information. Go to our website at www.mcmud18.com and give us your email address. Your address will not be shared with anyone. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Meetings Open to the Public:
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM in the Country Club Cypress Room. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted on our web site and the message board in the breezeway entrance to the Country Club Grill near the Golf Pro-shop. During the COVID19 restrictions, meetings of MUD18 have been conducted by Zoom. If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Susan McFarland for the meeting ID code. Minutes from meetings are published on the MUD 18 web site.

Your MUD Board:

Susan McFarland President
Lou Tichacek Vice President
Gary Montgomery Treasurer
Rex Cambern Secretary
Nancy Busen Assistant Secretary

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Summer 2021 Newsletter2021-04-28T15:21:54-05:00

Trash Service Update- 2/24/2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

The team at Waste Management is excited to be back on the streets serving our communities this week. Both your waste and recycle collection services will be provided as regularly scheduled.

The goal for this week is to utilize all resources available to serve as many people as possible. To ensure every customer is serviced, WM will only collect your regular allowable limits.

Also, it is important to remember to separate your winter storm debris from your regular household garbage. Winter storm debris such as furniture, flooring, carpet, sheetrock , pipes, etc. is not included in your regular service. They are working with local authorities and municipalities to determine who will remove the winter storm debris and will post information as soon as it is available.

they will be working hard to serve the needs of all of our communities and appreciate your patience.

Bulk Collection Specifications:
BULK TRASH COLLECTION : Two (2) items on Thursday
Acceptable items include moving boxes (please break them down and bundle them), old furniture, appliances, grass clippings, leaves, branches and tree trimmings.
Important! For the safety and protection of our employees and equipment, we do require that branches and tree trimmings be no greater than three inches (3″) in diameter and be cut, tied and bundled in four-foot (4′) lengths weighing no more than forty to fifty pounds (40-50 lbs.)

Please note! WM can no longer dispose of CFC refrigerant containing items (i.e., refrigerators, freezers, etc.) without certification that the Freon has been properly removed and recycled, pursuant to current Federal law.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Construction Debris (i.e. paint, sheetrock & carpet)
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Electronic Waste (i.e. Televisions/Computer monitors)
  • Gasoline & Oil (cans/filters)
  • Large Pieces of Metal
  • Landscape Rock
  • Vehicle Tires
  • Glass (i.e. Windows, bathroom mirrors resulting from construction projects)

HAVE QUESTIONS:
Our Customer Service Department is here to help:
Call 1-800-800-5804
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
E-mail us: cssatex@wm.com
Find us online: www.wm.com/us/local/tx/montgomery-co-mud-018/residential

Trash Service Update- 2/24/2021 @ 5:00 p.m.2021-03-05T09:39:41-06:00

Winter Weather Service Update

Waste Management has planned to resume collection service beginning Thursday, February 18th. Your regular scheduled waste and recycle collection will be serviced tomorrow, Thursday February 18, 2021. Service times may be delayed and carry over into Friday in the event of any delays on the roads or upon disposal at the landfill and recovery facilities. Please place your containers at the curb by 7:00am and keep the area around containers clear for access by the collection truck.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this winter weather event.

General updates are available at our website, www.wm.com, by following the link to, “Severe Weather Updates”.

Winter Weather Service Update2021-03-05T09:40:19-06:00

Waste Management- Severe Weather Update

Waste Management has implemented its severe weather response plan on Friday, February 12 in response to the potential winter weather threat to the area. We are continuing to monitor the weather and will provide you with any updates in the event that the weather may cause hazardous road conditions resulting in postponed or delayed collection service.

Waste Management will restart curbside collection as soon as roadways and streets become safe to navigate. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become safe for our trucks.

I will be sure to send you an update as information becomes available. In addition, general updates are available at our website, www.wm.com, by following the link to, “Severe Weather Updates”.

Take care and stay warm!

Waste Management- Severe Weather Update2021-03-05T09:40:31-06:00

Freeze Watch

Montgomery County MUD 18 residents, it is time to prepare for colder temperatures! There is a Freeze Watch in effect for Sunday night through Tuesday morning, February 14th – February 16, 2021. Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing levels overnight.

How can District residents prepare? Practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:

People:

  • Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
  • Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
  • Temperatures are predicted to be in the teens Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Pets:

  • Bring your pets indoors.
  • Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.

Pipes:

  • Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.

Plants:

  • Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
  • Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.

Additionally, there are a few vehicle-safety tips to observe during winter weather:

  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Have tire pressure checked.
  • Have a phone charger, first aid kit, blankets, and jumper cables in your car.
  • Check local road conditions at www.houstontranstar.org. State highway information available at www.drivetexas.org.

Lastly, Fire Departments have provided some safety tips surrounding space heaters and other supplemental heating sources during the colder days:

  • Never leave a space heater unattended or a child unattended with a space heater.
  • Keep all combustible materials (including yourself!) at least three (3) feet away from the heater.
  • Never overload outlets or breakers.
  • Do not use extension cords for the heater.
  • Always turn it off if leaving the room and/or going to sleep.
Freeze Watch2021-03-05T09:40:38-06:00

Newsletter- Spring 2021

MUD 18 Newsletter
Spring 2021

Board of Directors: The MUD 18 Board of Directors consists of 5 members elected by registered voters in the District. No existing board terms are expiring in 2021 so no election will be held this year.

In December 2020, Rex Cambern stepped down as Board President and Susan McFarland was approved by the board as President. Mr. Cambern changed to Secretary and Gary Montgomery assumed the Treasurer position. Lou Tichacek remains Vice President and Nancy Busen as Assistant Secretary.

Annual Audit Report: Mark Eyring, CPC, PLLC, presented the annual audit to the board for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2020. The audit was unanimously approved by the board at the January meeting. The audit is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The board instituted a plan to deal with expensive maintenance requirements with recourse to bond issuance. The result has been the 5-year plan with a proactive approach to finances. Financial resources are principally derived from taxes. Property taxes in the district have remained stable over the past several years. The 2020 audit confirms that the MUD 18 budget and activities are consistent with the District’s 5-Year Plan.

Sewer, Trash & Recycling: As we move into spring, please bag leaves and/or yard clean-up and tie up trimmed tree branches for garbage pick-up. When left in the street, yard debris can block sewer drains. Waste Management picks up on all holidays but Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. If trash pick-up falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year on a regularly scheduled trash/recycle day, pick-up will occur on the next regularly scheduled day. Recycle pick-up only occurs on Thursdays. If a holiday occurs on a Thursday, trash will be picked up on Monday but recycle will not be picked up until the following Thursday.

Watch the Weather and Water Smarter! Texas springs vary in weather with average temperature highs from 70 to 83 degrees and lows from 55 to 61 degrees with intermittent rain. Some springs are hot and dry while others are cool and wet. Most homeowners in the District have automatic water irrigation systems. Set automatic sprinklers to coincide with the amount of rain. Residents are encouraged to have someone monitor their watering system while they are away. For more details, check Texas A & M website at http://aggieturf.tamu.edu.

Need to Report a Problem? Do not assume the problem has already been identified or reported. If you observe a water leak, sewer odor, discolored water, open manholes, alarms are sounding, or other problems, please help us by calling: Hays Utility Service @ 936-588-1166.
Hays has someone in Bentwater every day, seven days a week. They can and will respond 24 hours a day. Their general office hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Sign-up for E-Blasts: If you are not receiving our E-Blasts, you are missing out on timely information. Go to our website at www.mcmud18.com and give us your email address. Your address will not be shared with anyone. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Meetings Open to the Public:
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM in the Country Club Cypress Room. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted on our web site and the message board in the breezeway entrance to the Country Club Grill near the Golf Pro-shop. During the COVID19 restrictions, meetings of MUD18 have been conducted by Zoom. If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Susan McFarland for the meeting ID code. Minutes from meetings are published on the MUD 18 web site.

Your MUD Board:

Susan McFarland – President
Lou Tichacek – Vice President
Rex Cambern – Treasurer
Gary Montgomery – Secretary
Nancy Busen – Assistant Secretary

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Newsletter- Spring 20212021-03-05T09:44:10-06:00
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