City of Rockport | Corpus Christi Water Warning, ROCKPORT WATER REMAINS SAFE

Update Dec 18, 2016: "#CCTXWATER: Mayor and other city officials confirmed today that all restrictions on the use of water citywide have been lifted. Residents can use tap water for drinking, bathing, washing dishes and in food preparation."

Dec 15, 2016, 9:50am
The City of Corpus Christi has issued a warning to not use their water. The City of Rockport receives water from the San Patricio Municipal Water District and is not affected by the Corpus Christi warning. The City of Rockport's water remains safe to drink. Please call (361)790-1160 if you have any questions.

CORPUS CHRISTI  -- Via Caller Times, Dec 15, 2016, 10:17am

"The latest Corpus Christi city-wide water notice was issued late Wednesday night notifying residents to discontinue use of all city tap water until testing shows the water quality is safe.

Here is what we know so far about the situation:

This is not a water boil notice.

"Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe," the release states.

It is recommended that [Corpus Christi] residents use bottled water for all their water needs.

In addition to water for consumption (meaning drinking water or food preparation), anything residents would use city tap water for that could affect health--including washing your hands/clothes and bathing--should be discontinued.

What happened?

The City of Corpus Christi received a call about dirty water this afternoon near the downtown area, city spokeswoman Kim Womack said. Crews investigating traced it back to an area between two industrial companies, which the city is not naming at this time. It appears that a backflow preventer either failed or was inadequate.

It's an oil-based petroleum chemical, city spokeswoman Kim Womack said. The city has consulted with CDC and it's not poisonous and is not expected to be a health hazard, she said. The city is working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Centers for Disease Control, she said.

The city may not have more updates until 4-5 a.m. Thursday when their test results return. TCEQ testing will follow.

What chemical is causing the water issue?

City spokesperson Kim Womack said during a 10 a.m. conference that the chemical contaminant identified in the city's water supply is Indulin-AA86 and it is an emulsifying agent."

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