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What's A MUD?

A municipal utility district (MUD) is a special governmental entity of the State of Texas. Regulated by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, a MUD's main function is to provide water and wastewater services within its boundaries. A MUD may collect taxes, charge for services, provide recreational facilities, condemn property, enforce restrictive covenents and make regulations to accomplish its purposes.

Lost Creek MUD was approved by what was then called the Texas Water Commission in 1972. In the years since, municipal utility districts evolved from developer tools into neighborhood governments. These governments of neighbors give citizens the power to shape their communities and make lives better for their families and their neighbors.

MUD Board Elections

The district is governed by a five-member board, all Lost Creek property owners, elected by the voters of Lost Creek to four-year terms. Elections are held in May every two years. The MUD Board meets regularly, usually once a month in the evening and once a month during the day. MUD Board meeting agendas are posted in advance, and the meetings are open to the public. Each meeting includes time for residents to discuss issues of note to the MUD and its citizens.

Lost Creek MUD

The City of Austin and the Texas Water Commission granted permission to form the Lost Creek Municipal Utility District (MUD) and issue bonds to provide sewer and water service. Lost Creek uses about 260 million gallons of water each year. The water is purchased by the MUD from the City of Austin. The MUD facilities include

  • 2 water tanks with a combined capacity of 2.5 millon gallons
  • a pressure tank
  • a pump station equipped with an emergency generator
  • a wastewater treatment plant able to treat up to 520,000 gallons per day (this peak usage limit has never been required)
  • 15 miles of distribution and service lines

MUD Facilities

MUD amenities include a park at the intersection of Lost Creek Blvd and Quaker Ridge. Within the park, the MUD owns and maintains the gazebo, playscape, and district office building and meeting center. The MUD also maintains a small nature trail in the greenbelt area south of Whitemarsh Valley Walk as well as 22 acres of greenbelt along Barton Creek.

The playground is open to all residents, but cannot be reserved. The gazebo, gas grill, and open area may be reserved up to 30 days in advance for birthday parties, scout meetings, neighborhood picnics, and so on. Pony rides and spacewalk are permitted in the open area.

The MUD also owns Boulder Park, located off Whitemarsh Valley Walk, which has picnic areas as well as informal sports areas. Rules for the parks can be found on this site on the Park Rules Page.

The meeting room in the MUD office building can accomodate small neighborhood groups up to about 35 people. The room may be reserved through the district office. The office is located at 1305 Quaker Ridge Drive. Office hours are 8am-4pm weekdays. MUD bills are due on receipt, past due on the 15th of each month, and can be dropped off at the office.