Harris County Storm Debris Pickup and Guidelines

Harris County Storm Debris Pickup

Harris County debris removal is underway. The most important thing residents can do to ensure the process runs quickly and efficiently is to follow storm debris guidelines by separating and placing debris in the appropriate area.

  1. Separate vegetative debris, such as tree branches and plants, from construction and demolition debris, as they will be collected separately.
  2. Do not bag debris. Only loose debris will be collected.
  3. Do not place debris near drainage ditches, storm drains, mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, low-lying limbs, or any other above-ground utility such as transformers and power lines.
  4. Only debris placed in the appropriate area will be eligible for collection. If all debris is not picked up during the first pass, continue to push remaining debris closer to the curb for collection on future passes.
  5. Regular household trash should be disposed of with the regular collection of garbage. Spoiled food items should be thrown out in the regular trash, never mixed with storm or construction debris.

GFL Storm Debris Cleanup Guidelines

All Customers – Non -Franchise Cities

As you know, the hurricane left a lot of destruction and debris throughout the Houston area. As we began our collection routes in the aftermath of the storm, our goal was to prioritize and ensure that all regular household waste was collected. We also felt that we would be able to collect up to our normal heavy trash/yard waste amounts. Due to the sheer amount of debris left from the storm, this proved to be very difficult. We were able to ensure that all regular household garbage, or Residential Waste, was collected this week with some areas delayed into the following days. Our collection routes have, and will continue to, experience drastically increased wait times at area landfills, increased delays on normal route schedules due to increased volumes of normal household garbage and beginning to collect bagged debris items.

Beginning Monday, July 15, all weekly regular garbage and recycling collection services will be running as scheduled. We will continue to make every effort possible to ensure your services are collected as scheduled, however delays may occur during the aftermath of this storm. If you do not receive your normal collection on your scheduled day, please be advised that we will provide service the following day.

To ensure that all Houston area residents receive essential household garbage collection, we must place some limitations on select services. We will collect your regular household garbage, however bagged items including grass/yard clippings will be limited to 3 bags on each scheduled heavy trash collection day. Any bagged items leftover will be collected on the next scheduled heavy trash collection day. Any loose storm debris including vegetative waste or building materials should be separated from regular garbage items. All loose storm debris material will be collected separately. Please reach out to your local City, County, or HOA for information on storm debris collection.

We will re-evaluate these guidelines after 2 weeks to determine if normal collections can resume.

We understand that this hurricane event has caused many disruptions in our everyday lives, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to make every effort possible to resume normal collections.

Boil Water Notice Rescinded – July 10, 2024

On July 8, 2024 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required Rolling Fork Public Utility District (TX1010357) public water system, to notify all customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective action to restore the quality of water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with the laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of July 10, 2024.

Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems – July 8, 2024

Due to the power outages caused by Hurricane Beryl which caused low system pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required that Rolling Fork PUD (TX1010357) public water system, to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Rolling Fork PUD at 281-651-1618.

Main Line Break

A contractor in the area has hit a main line. You may experience low system pressure.

We are aware of the issue and have crews on-site. We will continue to work until all system pressure is back to normal. We understand the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience with this matter.

Freeze Warnings and Hard Freeze Warnings Expected

The National Weather Service has advised that subfreezing temperatures are likely beginning Thursday night and into Friday morning following the passage of a strong cold front. Freeze Warnings and possible Hard Freeze Warnings can be expected. High temperatures could quite possibly remain below freezing throughout the day on Friday and not warm up above freezing until during the day on Saturday.

Steps for Winterizing your Home

  • Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves, wrapping or using slip-on foam pipe insulation. Do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can affect the pipe in these spaces.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system by turning the water off to your irrigation system and drain your backflow preventer.
  • Maintain a heating source inside the building to protect pipes against cold.
  • Open cabinets underneath faucets.
  • Exterior hose bibs are normally left unattended, disconnect hoses and insulate faucets with covers or blankets.
  • House Shut off valve: Know where your shut off valve is located in case of an emergency. Valve is usually on the side of the house near the garage. Some homes the valve is inside the garage wall.
  • If you choose to leave a faucet dripping, please only let the faucet drip slowly. NO STEADY STREAMS.
  • If traveling for the Holidays, it is recommended that you turn the water off at the street and drain all your plumbing.

Sign Up for the District’s Alert System

The District has implemented an email and text alert system for the residents of Rolling Fork Public Utility District. This system is designed to keep you informed of issues related to the District in a quick and timely manner. You may receive messages in either email or text alert format, or both, related to the water service in the District, drainage and sewer related topics, and other news that is relevant to the District.

The email alerts that you may receive will contain the majority of the relevant information and may occasionally direct you back to the District’s website for more details.

Text message notifications will contain a short amount of information with a link back to the District’s website where the remainder of the information can be viewed.

These notifications are a great way to stay up to date on news and issues within the District and we highly encourage you to sign up and share this information with your neighbors.

To sign up for email and text notifications, please click here to visit the sign-up page.