TCEQ, EPA lift water restriction for Corpus Christi

After four days of restrictions on tap water in Corpus Christi, the City, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Sunday, lifted the restriction.

Customers of the City of Corpus Christi were notified on Dec. 14, of a problem with the water that had possible chemical contamination could make the water unsafe to drink or bathe in.

The chemical was a corrosive acid called Indulin-AA-86, used to make asphalt solution, which can burn skin and cause respiratory problems. Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen said in a news conference Sunday the City believed a “backflow incident” at Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions company caused an unknown amount of the chemical to enter the water supply.

The City recommended flushing each tap in the house for two to three minutes to clear any water lines and replacing filters, at customers’ discretion.

McQueen said the agencies and the City will continue to test and monitor the City’s water supply.