Champions Municipal Utility District (the District) experienced a significant reduction in the amount of surface water received from the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA) in July due to the drought conditions in the Houston area. At the same time, the District’s water well next to John Wesley United Methodist Church, which draws water from the Chicot Aquifer, was undergoing repairs, and the District had to rely on its water well at the District Water Plant, which draws water from the Jasper Aquifer, as the primary source of water for the District for most of July. The District has not had
to rely on its water wells as the primary source of water for the District since 2012 when the District treated the well water with free chlorine at the time. Since 2012, the District has been required to receive surface water from the NHCRWA as its primary source of water, which has required the District to treat the surface and well water with chloramines instead of free chlorine.
Due to its nature, water from the Jasper Aquifer, while treated with chloramines and being safe for consumption, contributed greatly to the recent quality issues in taste, odor and discoloration. In an effort to improve the water quality throughout the District, the District flushed the water lines throughout the District, modified the chemical feed system at the water well at the Water Plant (Jasper Aquifer water source), and completed repairs to the water well next to John Wesley United Methodist Church (Chicot Aquifer water source) to start using it instead of the water well at the Water Plant (Jasper Aquifer water source). Chlorine residuals are continuously monitored by EDP at the water plant and throughout the District to ensure that the water provided to residents is safe for consumption despite taste, odor and discoloration issues. At this time, chlorine levels at the plant and throughout the district are strong and have resulted in improved water quality.
The District is currently receiving more water from the North Harris County Regional Water Authority than it was in July and is currently not using its water well at the Water Plant (Jasper Aquifer water source). Residents should be seeing improved water quality compared to a few weeks ago.
If you continue to have water quality issues, please contact EDP at (832) 467-1599 so we can work to resolve individual situations. The District will continue to monitor this situation closely and will update you weekly though our website or on the emergency alert system as needed.