About the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA)
Established by the Texas Legislature in May 2005, the North Fort Bend Water Authority was created to assist in converting the region within its boundaries from using groundwater to predominantly surface water in order to combat subsidence. The NFBWA acquires, develops and delivers a long-term supply of potable surface water to users in our fast-growing area.
The NFBWA has established a Surface Water Fee of $4.60 per 1,000 gallons of surface water received and a Groundwater Reduction Plan Fee of $4.25 per 1,000 gallons of water pumped, effective January 1, 2021.
These fees will be utilized to fund the cost of constructing, operating, and maintaining the NFBWA’s current surface water supply system, as well as the capital costs associated with constructing the additional large-scale infrastructure projects needed to meet the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s (the FBSD) groundwater reduction requirements. The NFBWA timely met the FBSD’s requirement to convert 30% of the water usage within its boundaries to surface water by 2014 and is currently in the planning, design, and construction stages to meet the FBSD’s requirement to convert 60% of the water usage within its boundaries to surface water supply by 2025. The key infrastructure necessary to meet the FBSD’s 2025 conversion requirement is substantial and costly. In order to secure the necessary surface water and deliver it to consumers within the NFBWA’s boundaries, the NFBWA is partnering with other regional water providers to construct the following projects. Following completion of these massive infrastructure projects, the NFBWA will have both the surface water supply and the distribution system in place to meet the FBSD’s 2025 conversion requirement of 60%.
2021 Pumpage Fee Information
Surface Water: $4.60/1000
Some utility districts modify the fees charged to their customers to cover such things as leaks in their system, fire hydrant use, etc.
COVID-19 Update and Resources
The North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) has received a number of questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on its water supply. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a statement that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water, and conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those utilized in the NFBWA’s system, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
The NFBWA’s operator, Inframark, has compiled a variety of resources to assist answering questions related to the impact of COVID-19 on drinking water, which are available at https://www.inframark.com/covid-19/. The NFBWA’s team will continue to actively monitor any developments and update this information as needed.