A political subdivision of the State of Texas, Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 96 (WCID 96) was formed in 1966 by an order of the Texas Water Rights Commission, now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), for the purpose of providing water, sanitary sewer and drainage facilities to serve the land within its boundaries. The District operates under the provisions of Chapters 49 and 51 of the Texas Water Code and other general statutes applicable to water control and improvement districts.
Located wholly within the exclusive extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston, Texas, WCID 96 is empowered, among other things, to purchase, construct, operate and maintain all works, improvements, facilities and plants necessary for the supply and distribution of water; the collection, transportation, and treatment of wastewater; and the control and diversion of storm water. Additionally, the District may, subject to certain limitations, develop and finance parks and recreational facilities. The District may issue bonds and other forms of indebtedness to purchase or construct such facilities.
The TCEQ exercises continuing supervisory jurisdiction over the District, and the District is required to observe certain requirements of the City of Houston.
The District contains approximately 1,184 acres of land and is located approximately 13 miles northeast of downtown Houston and approximately two miles east of the intersection of US Highway 59 and North Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8). The District is adjacent to the Golf Club of Houston.