Tap water trouble in Corpus Christi

- A lawyer has issued a temporary restraining order against the group believed to be responsible for a potentially dangerous water contamination that's left 300,000 residents without tap water.

Attorney Craig Sico of Sico Helscher Harris & Braugh LLP issued the order on behalf of the owners of WaterStreet, Ltd. and Costa Sur Peruvian Fusion, LLC to, "protect their interests by obtaining a court order stopping Valero and Ergon Ashpalt & Emulsions Inc. from destroying, changing or modifying any potential evidence relating to the cause and effect of this water contamination event."

On Wednesday night, the city of Corpus Christi issued a complete water usage ban in what they called an act of abundant caution. It came after an unknown chemical was found in the water following what the city called a recent industrial district back-flow incident.

That chemical has now been identified as INDULIN AA-86. The City of Corpus Christi's Media Relations Director Kim Womack said, "in order to appropriately test for the chemical we have to have the full environmental makeup of the chemical, so we have signed a confidentiality disclosure with the patent holder in order to get the specifics."

The City of Corpus Christi has released the following statements on its website:

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is announcing the closure of all City senior centers, recreation centers, gymnasiums and pools today and tomorrow due to water use restrictions.

Gymnasiums will only be available to previously scheduled rentals for today.
The Meals on Wheels program will continue operations today and tomorrow.
All Latchkey After School Program sites at Corpus Christi and Flour Bluff Independent School Districts will be closed today.

Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center facility will be closed today, but the preserve and trails will remain open dawn to dusk.

For more information call the Parks & Recreation Department Office at (361) 826-3460Call: (361) 826-3460, or the Senior Community Services Administration Office at (361) 826-3150Call: (361) 826-3150.

Q. What if I showered?

A. You could experience possible skin irritation and burning sensation in the eyes.

Q. What chemicals may have come in contact with my water supply?

A. The chemical involved is Indulin AA-86, an asphalt emulsifier.

Q. Can we boil water?

A. Do not try to treat the water yourself. Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe.

Q. What area of the City did the incident take place?

A. In the industrial district, north of IH-37 between Southern Minerals Road and Port Avenue.

Q. Has the water been tested and what are the results?

A. Tests were taken Wednesday, December 14, and results are expected later today.

Q. When did the problem start?

A. Wednesday, December 14, with a dirty water call.

Q. Who is responsible for fixing the problem?

A. A third party introduced the chemical. A full investigation is underway.

Q. Will the City provide water?

A. The City is working with emergency planners to determine options for water distribution.

As of 10:00 a.m. this morning, the City of Corpus Christi has released the following information regarding the water situation:

1. The chemical has been identified as Indulin AA-86, an asphalt emulsifier.

2. City officials estimate the amount of the product involved is from three to 24 gallons.

3. This morning, the City met with the industrial district property owner and the leasee to gather more information.

4. The City asks citizens and business owners to discontinue use of tap water until futher notice.

5. Water testing results are expected back sometime this afternoon.

6. Another news conference will take place at 1:00 p.m.,at  City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, in the 6th floor conference room. 

Late today an unknown chemical substance may have contaminated the City of Corpus Christi drinking water due to a recent back-flow incident in the industrial district. In an abundance of caution and until results can confirm water safety, the City is issuing an avoid tap water usage until further notice. The City is working the incident with industry, state regulators and consultants to correct the situation as quickly as possible. 



During a recent back-flow incident, unknown chemical substances may have contaminated our drinking water. In an abundance of caution and until we can investigate further and have the water tested, avoid all contact with the tap water. Only bottled water should be used for all drinking, beverage and food preparation (including baby formula and juice), making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or clothes, washing hands, and bathing until further notice.


Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. If you have specific health concerns, consult your physician.

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