What is a MUD District? Houston, TX

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What is a MUD District?

One of the most common questions I get from first-time buyers or from buyers from other areas is, "What is a MUD District?"

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A MUD District is a Municipal Utility District.  I’ve always thought that it seems like an odd group of initials to refer to the source of drinking water for hundreds of suburban neighborhoods.  It doesn’t sound very enticing.  MUD’s provide water and sewer services to homes, usually in the suburbs, and outside the city limits.  If you live in a MUD District, you are not paying the city for your water and sewer services, so you instead pay MUD taxes based on the value of your home and a monthly fee based on the amount of your water usage.  

Chances are that your taxes will be similar whether you 1) live in the city, have city water and pay city taxes, but no MUD tax or 2) live in the suburbs and do not pay city taxes, but do pay MUD taxes.  On the other hand, you can live on property that has well and septic and not have to pay for city water nor MUD fees.

When your purchase a home in a Municipal Utility District (MUD), your realtor will give you a Water District Notice along with other notices and disclosures.  The Water District Notice discloses to you that you will be in a Municipal Utility District and that you will pay taxes to a particular MUD.  There are hundreds of subdivisions in MUD’s with homes ranging in price up into the millions.

If you need a list of water districts and their phone numbers or if you need to know the water district phone number for a particular subdivision, feel free to call me at (281) 381-0846.  Sometimes, the contact numbers can be difficult to find.  Or you can visit my website and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to all Houston area Water Districts.


If you are moving to Houston or the Houston area  and you need information for other utilities, you may be interested in Moving to Houston, TX - Utility Information.



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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Joyce, When we moved here 14 years ago I had never heard of a MUD district.  To begin with I thought it must have to do with actual mud.  You have done a nice job of explaining it.

Jan 05, 2011 02:30 PM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Joyce,  That is very funny that "MUD" is the water district.

Jan 06, 2011 03:12 AM #2
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Good job in explaining exactly what a mud is.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 06, 2011 06:25 AM #3
Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS
14257 FM 2920 #115 - Tomball, TX
RE/MAX Elite Properties

Marchel, It does raise some eyebrows when you first bring it up to buyers outside the area, doesn't it?

Belinda, I have always thought so too.

Richard, Glad you like the explanation.  I was going to add a video from our association if I can figure out how to do it.

Jan 06, 2011 03:29 PM #4
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