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Jan 21, 2014 6:24 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

City Looks at a Long-Term Water Plan

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Coastal Bend has continued to enjoy economic benefits from industries growth. But that benefit is coming with a price, an increase in water usage as more companies build and grow in the Coastal Bend. Now the city of Corpus Christi is looking into long-term water needs.

According to the city, more oil and gas companies are moving in while others are expanding in the Coastal Bend. They are needing water.

To ensure those industries get the water needed, the city is creating a plan to stay ahead of the curve. Council Members say they believe our local industries will appreciate.

"The industry group, and I'll just talk about my company. We really are looking and want to work and partner with the city on a water strategy for future supply," said Council Member Lillian Riojas.

To be able to do that, the city has a plan that consists of three key points.

First is to have a conservation plan in place. The second is to reuse water and have businesses use effluent water when possible. Local golf courses already do this. The third is to begin working on seawater desalination. This will be a plan where the city will be able to turn salt water into usable water.

City Manager Ron Olson told the City Council today that this is just a vision and the beginning point of the city's plan. He says the next step is to bring in people with planning expertise to help city staff get things started.

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