Winterize Your Home

With freezing temperatures right around the corner, it’s a good time to refresh ourselves on precautionary measures for drops in temperature and cold weather.

The Four P’s to Prepare your Home this Winter:

  • People
  • Pets
  • Pipes
  • Plants


  • Avoid going outside if it is not necessary. If you do, make sure you layer up from head to toe.
  • To keep you and your family safe, it is imperative your home is warm.
  • Make sure your heat is set to an appropriate temperature to make your entire home comfortable. Remember, heat rises so if you sleep upstairs, your room may be warmer than rooms downstairs.
  • If you use a fireplace, make sure you have a screen to catch any embers that might escape or a rolling log.
  • Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.
  • If you smell smoke or see flames, call 9-1-1 immediately.


  • While protecting your family, it is imperative to protect your pets as well.
  • Pets, like humans, are vulnerable to cold temperatures. If not taken care of properly, they can succumb to frostbite and even hypothermia.
  • If you have a dog that typically lives outdoors, consider letting them inside when temperatures drop to freezing. While their fur does help to keep them warm, it provides little help in freezing temperatures.
  • If you absolutely cannot bring them inside, make sure they have a warm shelter, plenty of food and fresh water so it does not freeze.
  • If your pet looks like it has any symptoms resembling frostbite or hypothermia, call your vet.


  • Turn off the sprinkler system shut-off valve. Most residential devices have two shut-off valves. These are typically covered in blue on the valve handles and located before and after the sprinkler system backflow device. A diagram is shown below.
  • Release the water pressure from the bleeder valves. The bleeder valves are usually located under the top of the backflow device. If the water does not stop flowing you may have not shut the valves off completely.
  • Leave the smaller bleeder valve open, this will let any remaining water in the line expand without breaking the device. Insulate your backflow device. Most hardware/home services stores carry backflow insulation supplies.
  • Make sure to cover all your exposed pipes with a cover. You can also cover your pipes with towels, duct tape or another adhesive strip as long as they are wrapped tightly.
  • You can also open up the cabinets to let warm air circulate throughout your home. Just make sure any harmful chemicals are out of reach for children and pets.


  • When cold weather hits, it’s a good idea to bring in all of your outdoor plants.
  • If you can’t bring in the plant, cover it with a blanket to make sure they do not die.

Other Tips

  • Don’t forget to make sure your car is okay for the freezing temperatures. Check your anti-freeze and your batteries. Also make sure to check your tire pressure and the tread.
  • Speaking of cars, make sure when you are on the road that you are mindful parts of the roads may be frozen, particularly bridges. Do not speed and never slam on the brakes.
  • Make sure if you use a generator, it is outdoors. Do not use a generator inside, including in your garage.
Winterize Your Home2024-01-15T22:06:40-06:00

Happy New Year!

Porter MUD Office Will Be Closed
Monday January 1, 2024
Please Use Night Drop or For Payments
Have A Safe And Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!2024-01-15T22:12:00-06:00

November 7th Bond Election Information

Fellow Porter MUD customers and registered voters:

Porter MUD is having a bond authorization election on November 7th 2023, which over time will allow the District to improve and maintain current District facilities to meet the District’s existing and future demand and growth. The intent of the board is to not sell any bonds if a tax increase would be required. Further, no bonds would ever be sold unless and until the Attorney General of the State of Texas as well as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have examined and approved all elements of the authorization and request to sell the bonds. In the event bonds are not authorized, the necessary improvement and maintenance of District facilities will require a dramatic increase in sewer rates in order to finance the required expenditures. By voting FOR the bond proposition on the ballot you are voting to approve the bond authorization, and a vote AGAINST would be to reject the bond authorization. Thank you.

Porter MUD Board of Directors

Compañeros clientes de Porter MUD y votantes registrados:

Porter MUD tendrá una elección de autorización de bonos el 7 de noviembre de 2023, que con el tiempo permitirá al Distrito mejorar y mantener las instalaciones actuales del Distrito para satisfacer la demanda y el crecimiento actuales y futuros del Distrito. La intención de la junta es no vender ningún bono si fuera necesario un aumento de impuestos. Además, nunca se venderían bonos a menos y hasta que el Procurador General del Estado de Texas, así como la Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas, hayan examinado y aprobado todos los elementos de la autorización y solicitud para vender los bonos. En caso de que los bonos no sean autorizados, la mejora y el mantenimiento necesarios de las instalaciones del Distrito requerirán un aumento dramático en las tarifas de alcantarillado para financiar los gastos requeridos. Al votar A FAVOR de la propuesta de bonos en la boleta, usted está votando para aprobar la autorización de bonos, y un voto EN CONTRA sería rechazar la autorización de bonos. Gracias.

Junta Directiva de Porter MUD

November 7th Bond Election Information2024-01-15T22:08:52-06:00
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