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

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

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.

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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