Feb 6, 2014 6:31 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Hundreds of people turned out for the "State of the City" address today. It was held at the American Bank Center.
Mayor Nelda Martinez spoke about some of the projects the city has worked on this past year. She talked about everything from A&M Corpus Christi being chosen as an FAA unmanned drone test site, to the new street user fee.
Quite a bit of her speech focused on economic growth in the past year. Mayor Martinez said with all of the industrial growth going on in Corpus Christi, the demand for water is rising. So, she said our city needs to be sure our water supply can meet the rising demands.
Many different companies in the oil and gas industries have either built a site here in Corpus Christi or expanded their existing sites. With the expansion and growth comes a very high demand for water.
"We were projected to run out of water by 2020. Folks, that's in 6 years if we would not have had the Mary Rhodes Phase 2," said Mayor Martinez.
Mayor Martinez says because the City Council has decided to move forward with the Mary Rhodes Pipeline Phase 2, we will have enough water to meet our demands until about 2040.
"We understand the importance of planning now for our long term water supply," said Martinez.
Martinez says we are doing that by exploring opportunities with groundwater supply, off channel reservoirs, increasing reuse of wastewater, and sea water desalination. But she says the best way to add to our water supply, is by conserving water. Martinez says this past year we were able to add 11 percent of our water capacity into our system by conservations efforts alone.
"This will always be the least expensive and most affordable way to add to our water supply because that drought is just right around the corner folks," said Martinez.