City of Corpus Christi Water Utility Joins State Program to Protect Water Sources
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi, Public Water System Number TX1780003, has joined the state’s Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) Program. This free program allows local water suppliers to partner with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to find ways to proactively protect their water supplies from potential sources of contamination.
Located in Nueces County, the City of Corpus Christi provides treated surface water to a population of more than 500,000 individuals including multiple other public water systems. The SWAP Program gives local water suppliers the information and tools they need to work with their communities to protect their water sources. It is important that the City of Corpus Christi Public Water System has clean source water, so it can meet certain standards in order to provide exceptional water to the community.
As part of the SWAP Program, engineers and geologists contracted by TCEQ will perform an inventory of the system’s current sources of drinking water. No matter where drinking water comes from - lakes, rivers, streams, or aquifers - all water sources are vulnerable to contaminants. Contaminants can come from a variety of businesses and everyday activities in the community.
Potential sources of contamination within the community, such as septic tanks or hazardous waste sites, will be identified during the inventory. Information from the inventory will be shared with the City of Corpus Christi Public Water System so that the community can take proactive steps to protect their drinking water, if necessary.
Once the inventory is complete, a list of preventative measures known as best management practices will be developed for the community’s specific needs. Information on state and federal resources will also be provided, if needed, to improve the system’s water supply.
By participating in the Texas’ SWAP program, The City of Corpus Christi Water Utility is joining more than 500 participating water utilities who have taken proactive steps to protect their water supply since 1996. More information on the program is available at www.SWAPTexas.org.
For more information contact Public Information Officer Gabriela Morrow at 361-826-3583 or by email at GabrielaM@cctexas.com.