Drought Contingency Plan: Voluntary Water Use Restrictions Now in Effect

Dear Customer:

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 185 is unable to provide water at the customary levels or pressure.

To ensure that an adequate supply of water is available for drinking and bathing, you are hereby notified that Stage One of the Drought Contingency Plan is now in effect. Stage One includes the following VOLUNTARY water use restrictions:

(a) Irrigation of residential landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8), and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), and irrigation of landscaped areas is further limited to the hours of 12:00 midnight until 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight on designated watering days. However, irrigation of residential landscaped areas is permitted at anytime if it is by means of a hand-held hose, a faucet filled bucket or watering can of five (5) gallons or less, or drip irrigation system.

(b) Irrigation of green belts, esplanades and sports field shall be limited to Mondays and Fridays between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

(c) Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rises. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. Further, such washing may be exempted from these regulations if the health, safety, and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables.

(d) Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

(e) Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a re-circulation system.

(f) activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except that use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under special permit from the District.

(g) Use of water for the irrigation of golf course greens, tees, and fairways is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. However, if the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the District, the facility shall not be subject to these regulations.

(h) All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron.

(i) The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and are prohibited:

  • wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;
  • use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;
  • use of water for dust control;
  • flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; and
  • failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s).

The Board of Directors appreciates your cooperation and perseverance during this Conservation Condition. Once the Conservation Condition ends, we will notify you and you may then return to normal usage. If conditions should worsen, you will be notified of more stringent restrictions, to ensure the availability of water in your community.

Very truly yours,
Board of Directors

2023 Tax Rate Set

The Board of Directors of Fort Bend County M.U.D. #185 (The District) voted to decrease the MUD Property Tax Rate to $0.815 per $100 valuation for the 2023 tax year. In addition to the reduction in the tax rate, The District also increased the homestead exemption from 10% for 2022 to 15% for 2023. Please keep in mind this information is for The District only.

The district has authorized Bob Leared Interests, the tax assessor-collector, to mail duplicate tax statements in January 2024. These statements will be mailed to homeowners whose original tax statement was requested by and mailed to a mortgage company AND remains unpaid at the time of the January mailing. If a DUPLICATE TAX STATEMENT is received, this is a reminder to contact the mortgage company to ensure timely payment of the MUD taxes by the due date of January 31, 2024.

Payment of taxes can be made online at www.bli-tax.com. There is an additional processing fee when making online payments, however the fee for paying by e-check is only $1.00. Receipts are also available on the website.

This website is not associated with any DOXO website.

If paying using a DOXO website the processing fee will be higher.

In addition to paying online, payment can be made by calling OPAY Customer Service at (800)487-4567 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm CST. Select the customer service option, then tell the representative payment is for TEXAS taxes. The entire account number will need to be provided which begins with “369,” and is located on the tax statement. There is an additional processing fee when making payments by phone. E-checks can not be processed by phone.

As in 2022, the 2023 tax statements will include an individual QR code. Scanning the QR code will be a direct link to that particular account on the Bob Leared Interests website.

If a 2023 Fort Bend County M.U.D. #185 tax statement has not been received by the end of November, and the account can not be located online at www.bli-tax.com, please contact the tax assessor-collector at 713-932-9011 to discuss the tax account. Failure to receive a tax statement will not extend the January 31, 2024 deadline for payment, and does not meet the legal requirements to waive penalties or interest which will be added if payment is not made in full before February 1st.

Updates or changes to individual account mailing address, property ownership or property exemptions must be made with Fort Bend Central Appraisal District.
(281) 344-8623