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Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: District 20
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Press Release
December 15, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Saenz
(512) 463-0120 office
(512) 497-9411 cell
Nueces County Legislative Delegation Statement on Corpus Christi Discontinuation of Water Usage
Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, State Rep. Abel Herrero, & State Rep. Todd Hunter are Monitoring the Critical Water Situation in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — The backflow incident reported late last night involving contamination of the Corpus Christi water supply system is of critical concern to us and our top priority at this time. It is imperative that our families have water that is clean and safe to drink.

As your state elected officials, our offices have been communicating and working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the agency responsible for all aspects of monitoring the state’s water resources. We are also working closely with the Governor's Office and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Public safety is our top priority and we are committed to ensuring that our residents have access to a safe supply of water. Please be vigilant of all public notices and discontinue tap water usage citywide until further notice.

  • Do not drink tap water, use only bottled water.
  • Do not wash your hands in tap water.
  • Do not shower, wash clothes, brush your teeth, or make ice using tap water.

Initial reports from TCEQ indicate that a backflow incident from an industrial chemical tank occurred that may have released Indoline and Hydrochloric Acid into the Corpus Christi public water system. This is based on initial reports and the quantity of chemicals have not been determined at this time.

It is critical that our state agencies work together with local government, elected officials, and community leaders to communicate and coordinate efforts to resolve this issue quickly and protect our public’s health. As our offices continue to get updates, we will share them with the public to best ensure your safety.