— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) December 15, 2016
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 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.
— Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) December 15, 2016
— Raul Altamirano (@raludude) December 15, 2016
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 identifed in the city’s water supply is Indulin-AA86 and it is an emulsifying agent.
Portland and Port Aransas water is safe to drink
The City of Portland issued an advisory saying Portland’s water supply is safe to drink and not affected by Corpus Christi’s contamination issue
Tap water in Port Aransas is also safe to drink, according to a report from the Port Aransas South Jetty.
Mark Young, who is the manager of the Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4, told the newspaper that TCEQ officials have no reason to believe that Port Aransas’ tap water is unsafe. However, as a precaution the district stopped pumping water from the Corpus Christi supply and is now getting it from San Patricio County, according to the report.
— Julie Garcia (@reporterjulie) December 15, 2016