Corpus Christi officials to residents: Don’t use the tap water

A statement was issued by Corpus Christi officials early Thursday warning residents to not use tap water, saying two chemicals may have contaminated the water supply after a “back-flow” incident in an industrial district.

The statement said the city is working with local industry, state regulators and consultants to deal with the problem and advised residents to use only bottled water for drinking, cooking, bathing and brushing teeth. Boiling, freezing, filtering or taking other actions would not make the water safe, according to the city.

City Councilman Michael Hunter told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times it’s unlikely the chemicals, identified as indoline and hydrochloric acid, are concentrated enough to do harm, but officials are “taking every precaution that we can.”

Councilwoman Carolyn Vaughn stated the city believes contractor company Ergon is responsible for the contamination.

Mayor Dan McQueen said the first priority is ensuring the public’s safety and getting the test results back from samples sent to an Austin testing facility. He told reporters that the city is working closely with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.