Municipal Utility Districts and Other Water Districts
Municipal Utility Districts and other water districts (“MUDs”) have been a vital component in promoting quality developments in the Houston area, Central Texas area, and other parts of Texas. MUDs allow for the financing of public infrastructure with tax-exempt bonds while also allowing for the residents of a community to control their own water, sewer, drainage, and other public facilities.
ABHR clients include municipal utility districts, water control and improvement districts, levee improvement districts, and other specially created water, wastewater, and drainage political subdivisions that collectively serve more than 2 million people throughout Texas. We secure approvals from municipalities, negotiate utility services agreements, and perform legal work required for creation of districts.
ABHR provides various legal services to districts, including acting as bond counsel in the issuance of tax-exempt bonds, advising on a wide array of issues including construction law, real property acquisition, open meetings and public information law, contracts, and other specialties.
ABHR attorneys have been key participants in the major developments affecting water districts in Texas for the past 40 years, playing particularly important roles in the revisions to the Texas Water Code, other important laws affecting water districts, and the administrative rules regulating water districts adopted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and its predecessor agencies.
Instrumental in the creation and development of the Association of Water Board Directors (“AWBD”), our attorneys serve on the advisory council of AWBD and actively participate in AWBD programs and activities.