Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 47 was created effective March 8, 1983 by an Order of the Texas Water Commission, presently known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Board of Directors held its first meeting on March 17, 1983.
The District is vested with all of the rights, privileges, authority, and functions conferred by the general laws of the State applicable to municipal utility districts, including without limitation those conferred by Chapters 49 and 54, Texas Water Code, as amended. The District is empowered to purchase, construct, operate, acquire, own, and maintain all water and wastewater facilities, improvements and the control and diversion of storm water. The District is additionally empowered to establish, operate and maintain a fire department, independently or with one or more other conservation and reclamation districts, and to issue bonds for such purposes, after approval by Missouri City and the TCEQ and the District’s voters of the District’s plans in such regard. The District is subject to the continuing supervisory jurisdiction of the TCEQ.
The District is entirely located in eastern Fort Bend County, approximately 3 miles from the Houston city limits and within the city limits of Missouri City. The District is bounded on the south by State Highway 6, the north by Lake Olympia Parkway, the east by Vicksburg Blvd., and the west by drainage channels and the Lake Shore Harbour subdivision.
The District currently owns 306,571 gallons per day (“gpd”) of wastewater treatment and 518,450 gpd of treated water capacity in plant facilities operated by the City and jointly owned by MUD 47, MUD 48 and the City. The District maintains the ability to purchase additional plant capacity from the City by paying a capital recovery fee it has negotiated with the City.