Water Resources

Houston Public Works Water Resource team manages Houston Water contracts, regulatory support and the review of water district creations & annexations. 


Under City Code, Houston Water offers contracts for the sale of untreated water for industrial, municipal, or agricultural use.

Apply for a New Untreated Water Contract 

  1.  Complete the Untreated Water Application 
  2. Submit the application to watercontracts@houstontx.gov  

Once the application is submitted, a confirmation & tracking number will be emailed. 

In reviewing the application, Houston Water will consider: 

  • contract quantity requested 
  • historical demand 
  • existing raw water system capacity  
  • issues with existing connections 

   3. If the application is approved, a proposed contract will be emailed for signature. Return the signed contract to watercontracts@houstontx.gov with “Signed Contract” in the subject, along with the tracking number.   

An electronic copy of the final signed contract will be emailed. 

Airport Letters 

If any part of the proposed land falls within a City of Houston airport height hazard restriction, a letter detailing the limited building height and the applicable tier designation will be mailed to the listed attorney. Please refer to the Airport Compatible Land Use Ordinance associated with runways at Intercontinental Airport-Houston. 

Certified Copies of Ordinances 

The Office of the City Secretary will distribute certified copies of the ordinances that have passed council. Please allow 1-2 weeks from the date the request passed council. 

City MUD Bond 

The following documents are required for the City to review and approve a Bond Sale for In-City MUDs  

  • letter to the Director of Houston Public Works requesting approval of a Bond Sale 
  • TCEQ’s Draft Order Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds 
  • Draft Preliminary Official Statement & Notice of Sale 
  • Draft Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds 
  • Certificate provided by Harris County Appraisal District 

In accordance with the Utility Functions and Services Allocations Agreement, the District must provide the Director with the Official Statement and Bond Resolution before the closing of the sale. 

Utility District Review 

Effective August 3, 2020, the 2020 Water District Consent Application Form must be used. 



In-City MUD Bonds - watercontracts@houstontx.gov 

Utility District Review - mudreview@houstontx.gov  |  832.395.3087 

Annexations, Creations of Management Districts - Houston Planning Department, pd.publicpolicy@houstontx.gov  |  832.393.6582