Chlorine Implemented Throughout City Boil Water Advisories Continue as Precaution

The City of Corpus Christi implemented a change in water disinfectant on Monday in an effort to increase chlorine levels citywide. The chlorine has progressed throughout the week and has now been confirmed in the entire city. Laboratory testing must be completed and confirmed prior to lifting any of the boil water advisories.

The City Utilities Department will continue its extended flushing and monitoring program to insure the water system remains in compliance. The change in disinfectant can result in the smell and taste of chlorine being strong. Recommendations for reducing the chlorine taste or smell include:

  • Aerating (shaking, or stirring) water in a container
  • Refrigerating
  • Opening faucets 3 to 5 seconds prior to use

The City anticipates the change in chlorine to remain in effect 30 to 60 days. Once adequate time for the disinfectant has occurred citizens will be notified when the City returns to the previous disinfectant with less smell and taste of chlorine.

The City has a variety of information on the city website at regarding water boil advisories and frequently asked questions regarding the alternative disinfectant.