City of Corpus Christi Moving to Alternate Disinfectant

Continues Boil Water Advisory

The City of Corpus Christi will start a free chlorine disinfectant Thursday May, 19 to stabilize the water distribution system. Please be advised the City of Corpus Christi is still under a boil water advisory. The following information may be helpful to customers while the City is flushing free chlorine. 


Q. Why is the City of Corpus Christi going to free chlorine?

A. The City is changing to free chlorine in order to stabilize the water distribution system.


Q. Will I see or smell a difference in my water?

A. Possibly. Customers may experience a strong chlorine odor similar to water found in swimming pools. Customers may also experience cloudy/discolored water. 


Q. Is the water safe?

A. Yes.


Q. How long will the alternative disinfectant last?

A. The alternate disinfectant may last approximately 30 to 60 days, but it does not affect when the boil water advisory is lifted. The boil water advisory could remain in effect up to another 10 days. 


Q. Is it safe for my pets and/or plants?

A. Yes. Fish/aquarium owners should contact their local pet shop for specific instructions.


Q. Are there other cities in Texas doing this?

A. Other communities throughout the state are facing similar issues.


Q. Will this fix the disinfectant level issues we have had in the past week?

A. Yes.


Q. Is there any side effects with free chlorine disinfectant?

A. Not at these levels.


Q. Is there anything I can do to reduce the smell and/or taste of chlorine?

A. Shaking (aerating) a container with this water should help remove taste and odor. Refrigerating the water for a period of time should also help.


Q. When does it take effect?

A. As soon as the City receives approval from TCEQ and the public is notified.


Q. When will I start seeing this water in my tap?

A. Depending on your location, it may take one to seven days.


Q. What effect, if any, will this change have on water purification systems?

A. This process may require replacement of purification cartridges on a more frequent basis.