A History of Bundy Lake

In the early stages of development in Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 71 (the District), an original subdivision was developed in the mid 1980’s called Westland Creek Village. Approximately 300 homes were constructed in this subdivision before development ceased until the late 1990’s. One of the original 300 homeowners was Mr. Douglas E. Bundy. Douglas Bundy was a well-respected and involved member of the community. Mr. Bundy served on the Board of Directors for the District and was a member of the Goldbow Elementary PTA. Prior to his passing away in the mid-90’s he played a pivotal role in establishing the vibrant community you see today.

When the “amenity lake” at the northeast corner of the Mason Rd. and Lakes of Bridgewater Dr. was deeded to the District in the early 2000’s, it was nothing more than a muddy water hole surrounded by sparse vegetation. A developer at the time, who was developing what is now called the Lakes of Bridgewater, believed this water hole could be improved with the help of the Board. The Board believed it could invest funds to improve and transform this unsightly area into a communal-focal-point that could be shared and enjoyed by residents and their guests.

In 2002, upon conveyance of the property from the original developer to the District, the lake and park area was formally platted by the District and design of an amenity lake and public plaza began. In recognition of outstanding service and commitment to the community, the MUD 71 Board of Directors voted to dedicate the lake and surrounding park area to the late Douglas E. Bundy as Douglas E. Bundy Amenity Lake.

The District continues to improve upon the original vision for the park and lake area by funding renovations to the originally developed facilities. In 2017, renovation of the Bundy Lake Plaza was completed to include new flagpoles, area lighting, landscape beds, plaza surfacing with the Texas star emblem, irrigation, site furnishings and a park name sign. Additional improvements are currently in the planning process with construction tentatively scheduled for 2018.

Harris Galveston Subsidence District and West Harris County Regional Water Authority

Harris County MUD 71 is within the boundaries of the Harris Galveston Subsidence District (the Subsidence District), which regulates groundwater withdrawal. The Subsidence District has adopted regulations requiring reduction of groundwater withdrawals through conversion to alternate source water (e.g., surface water) in certain areas within the Subsidence District’s jurisdiction, including the land within Harris County MUD 71. The Subsidence District imposes disincentive fee penalties, currently $8.46 per 1,000 gallons of water, for groundwater use that exceeds its regulations.

For more information about the Subsidence District, please visit: http://hgsubsidence.org

In 2001, the Texas legislature created the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (the Authority) to, among other things, reduce groundwater usage in, and to provide surface water to, the western portion of Harris County and a small portion of Fort Bend County. Harris County MUD 71 is located within the boundaries of the Authority. The Authority has entered into a Water Supply Contract with the City of Houston to obtain treated surface water from Houston. The Authority has developed a groundwater reduction plan (GRP) and obtained Subsidence District approval of its GRP. The Authority’s GRP sets forth the Authority’s plan to comply with the Subsidence District regulations, construct surface water facilities, and convert users from groundwater to alternate source water (e.g., surface water). Harris County MUD 71 has not yet been converted to alternate source water, but instead currently pays pumpage fees to the Authority in the amount of $2.45 per 1,000 gallons of groundwater pumped.

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For more information about the Authority, please visit: http://www.whcrwa.com