Notice of Future Water and Sewer Operations Changes

Dear Residents,

Fort Bend County MUD No. 140 (the “District”) has entered into an agreement with Municipal Operations and Consulting, Inc. (the “Operator”) to provide water and sanitary sewer operations.

The District, Operator and the City of Richmond are working to ensure that the transition is seamless and that the level of service experienced by the District’s residents is continued.

Additional information regarding this transition is forthcoming. Please be alert to these additional notices to ensure that water and sewer bill payments are remitted to the correct location and that the necessary contact information is received for any future service calls that would have previously been addressed by the City of Richmond.

Water Transmission and COVID-19

Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water?

The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 virus found in feces?

The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the feces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The amount of virus released from the body (shed) in stool, how long the virus is shed, and whether the virus in stool is infectious are not known.

The risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person is also unknown. However, the risk is expected to be low based on data from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). There have been no reports of fecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date.

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through sewerage systems?

CDC is reviewing all data on COVID-19 transmission as information becomes available. At this time, the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through sewerage systems is thought to be low. Although transmission of COVID-19 through sewage may be possible, there is no evidence to date that this has occurred. This guidance will be updated as necessary as new evidence is assessed.

SARS, a similar coronavirus, has been detected in untreated sewage for up to 2 to 14 days. In the 2003 SARS outbreak, there was documented transmission associated with sewage aerosols. Data suggest that standard municipal wastewater system chlorination practices may be sufficient to inactivate coronaviruses, as long as utilities monitor free available chlorine during treatment to ensure it has not been depleted.

Wastewater and sewage workers should use standard practices, practice basic hygiene precautions, and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as prescribed for current work tasks.

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Chloramine Conversion

Read about the City of Richmond’s change in disinfectant use from chlorine to chloramines to disinfect public drinking water.

This change from chlorine to chloramines is necessary as Richmond transitions to use of legislatively mandated surface water. This transition is intended to reduce levels of regulated disinfection byproducts (DBP’s) in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease.

The change from Chlorine to Chloramines can impact people dependent on dialysis machines.

For questions concerning the change, contact Public Works at 281-342-0559.