Conroe, November 15 – Quadvest Water and Sewer Utility issued the following statement late Friday, November 15, 2019:
“Quadvest has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) due to their illegal and criminal behavior. Rather than focus on their primary mission of flood control, SJRA has spent the last 20 years scheming to artificially control water rates in Montgomery County. As evidenced by their abject failure during Hurricane Harvey, SJRA has failed at their primary mission to protect the San Jacinto watershed. Instead, SJRA has violated the Clayton Act and the Sherman Act by illegally monopolizing and fixing the price of water in Montgomery County.
“SJRA has long desired to control all water in Montgomery County, but because our county is such a water-rich part of the state, there was no need for providers to turn to SJRA for help. In fact, Montgomery County possesses 180,000,000-acre feet of groundwater beneath it. More than all the lakes in Texas combined, multiplied by five. So, SJRA turns to another agency to do their dirty work, The Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). LSGCD, with SJRA sitting on its board, passed rules, later found to be illegal in court, that allowed SJRA to force water providers into illegal contracts that violate federal laws.
“Quadvest seeks the truth, fairness and justice for the people of Montgomery County.”