CORPUS CHRISTI - The City of Corpus Christi is now under Stage 2 water restrictions for the entire population. The move by city council is in response to continued drought conditions leading to combined lake levels falling below 40% capacity.
In Corpus Christi, residents and businesses who violate the restrictions face a fine of $500 from Code Enforcement. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions as provided by the City of Corpus Christi Water Department.
What are the mandatory restrictions in Stage 2?
• Sprinkler Irrigation - limited to once per week on a designated day (trash pickup day); prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• Hand-held and Drip Irrigation - Allowed any time, any day with a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle
• Car & Other Vehicle Washing - limited to once per week on a designated day (trash pickup day); allowed anytime at a commercial car wash
• Decorative Ponds, Fountains & Waterfalls - All residential fountains and indoor commercial fountains are permitted to operate. Outdoor commerical fountains can operate but must have a variance permit.
• Filling/Refilling Pools or Jacuzzis - prohibited to designated watering day (trash pickup day); includes wading pools
• Washing Buildings, Sidewalks, etc. - prohibited, except for business purposes or if in the interest of public health
• Foundations - The use of water to maintain the integrity of building foundations is permitted on any day at any time only by use of a hand-held or drip hose.
Things you should always try to prevent, regardless of whether drought conditions exist:
• Customers are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.
• Irrigation must not result in water-run off or overflow into storm drains
• Water may not run constantly through a tap, hydrant, or valve
• Defective plumbing which results in water loss or leaks must be repaired
• Commercial nurseries must use hand-held devices, drip or sprinkler systems to irrigate stock
• In addition, the City Manager may implement additional water conservation restrictions should there be a need.
Why do we have to implement these restrictions?
Current dry weather patterns have been in place for an extended period of time. Taking actions now will help reduce our demand on our supply. Reducing demand will help ensure we have available water should conditions not improve and we experience severe or extreme conditions. Our actions are in line with the agreement between the City and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The agreement outlines provisions to be implemented during drought conditions. Those conditions are triggered based on the combined storage levels of the two lakes that serve as reservoirs for our water supply.
Who will enforce the conservation measures?
City of Corpus Christi Code Enforcement Officers will monitor violations and issues citations. The Water Department and other staff will help identify potential violations. These provisions focus on outdoor watering.
Does that really make a difference?
Limiting outdoor water does help - up to 50 gallons per person per day. In Corpus Christi, the average municipal water customer uses a total of 120 gallons per day - both inside and out. Studies have shown that on average, Americans use 65-70 gallons of water for inside activities alone for things like drinking, bathing, and washing clothes. That difference of up to 50 gallons of water per person per day makes a significant difference over time.
Why do I still see the Utilities Department opening up the fire hydrants?
The city's water supply system is tested regularly. Should there be any indication of reduced quality, the Utilities Department "flushes" the system until the issue has been resolved. Citizens may see water flowing from the hydrants as the system is flushed.