The NFBWA is a wholesale provider that invoices municipal utility districts (MUDs), cities, and other participants in the NFBWA’s Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) based on their overall use of groundwater and surface water. We do not charge residents directly. Typically MUDs and cities will pass our charges through to their residents and that is the fee seen on your bill.
The NFBWA does not have the authority to levy an ad valorem tax. The NFBWA fee included in your water bill provides all the necessary funding to design and construct the massive water-supply and water line projects required to deliver surface water to neighborhoods within the NFBWA and to meet the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s groundwater conversion requirements. Please note that since the NFBWA is not a taxing authority, all debt service and operation costs are also paid from the fee included in your bill.
The NFBWA was created in 2005 by the Texas Legislature to provide for a long-term, alternative water supply (other than groundwater) adequate to comply with the groundwater reduction requirements of the Subsidence District. Under those requirements, the Authority converted 30% of the water usage within its boundaries to an alternative water supply such as surface water by 2014 and convert 60% by 2025. The Authority must now convert 60% of the water usage within its boundaries by 2025.
To meet the Subsidence District requirements, the NFBWA entered into a long-term surface-water contract with the City of Houston under which the NFBWA pays:
i) a competitive base price for surface water; and
ii) a pro-rata share of the City’s transmission, operations, and maintenance costs based on the NFBWA’s usage. While this contract secured the source of the alternative water supply, this did not solve the challenge of getting that water to you.
To bring surface water to the neighborhoods within the NFBWA, the NFBWA and other regional water entities have partnered together to construct several new infrastructure projects, including the Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP), the Surface Water Supply Project (SWSP), and the Luce Bayou Inter-basin Transfer Project. The NFBWA is also expanding the delivery water lines within the boundaries of the NFBWA with the 2025 Water Line Project. For more information on these projects please view the following sites: