MUD 18 Newsletter
Fall/Winter 2020-21

Hurricane Preparedness: We are currently in the hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30. Considerable damage has been sustained by our neighbors in Louisiana. Bentwater residents should be prepared for the effects of major storms. 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

Financial: As of September 2020, 99.1% of taxes have been collected for the District for 2019. The District approved the 2020 tax rate at $0.16 for debt service and $0.16 for maintenance and operations for a total tax rate at $0.32 per $100 taxable value. The tax rate for 2020 is down $0.01 from the previous year.

  1. Debt Service of $0.16 is down $0.01 from the previous year. The District has not needed to sell any new bonds since 2011 and such pay downs and pay offs of earlier bonds have reduced the amount required to meet Debt Service obligations.
  2. Maintenance and Operations (M&O) of $0.16 covers maintenance of all our facilities including water plants, waste treatment plants, lift stations, storm drainage infrastructure and distribution lines. Costs of M&O have been stable the past year.

You should receive your tax bill in October and payment is due by January 31, 2021.

Sewer, Trash & Recycling: As we move into fall, please bag leaves and/or shrub trimmings 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.

Winter Watering Tips: 1. Winter tips for watering: In the event of a freeze advisory, please be certain to run your irrigation to fortify your plants and flowers. It takes longer for well-watered plants to freeze. After watering, then cover all the plants and flowers that are susceptible to freeze damage. If some plants do get freeze damage, do not trim off the dead parts until late January, when most of the severe weather has passed. The dead parts will help protect the plants and flowers from another freeze. 2. The irrigation schedule can be set to once a week or less until February if the rainfall has been moderate. Contrary to popular belief, the winter is a very dry climate. The fact is that the cooling weather withdraws moisture from the plants, moisture which must be replaced to maintain your lawn and landscape in optimal condition.

In July 2020, the District approved an extension of a 12-inch waterline to be placed along FM1097 that crosses at the east end of the proposed new fire station. The new fire station will be located across from the Bentwater West Gate. The construction of the new waterline has been completed. Costs of the waterline were covered by the fire station.
Fencing additional property around Water Plant No. 1 was also completed in September.

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:

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

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