City Seeking Local Volunteers for Tap Water Study

The City of Corpus Christi Utilities Department is looking for volunteers to help test tap water in accordance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Lead and Copper Rule. Residents of older homes built with lead pipes or copper pipes with lead solder are invited to participate. This sampling program will provide participants with the concentration of lead and copper in their tap water, and does not require line replacement. The sampling program is free to residents as long as their home meets the requirements for the study.


The requirements for the sampling program are as follows:

  • Home is a single family residence
  • Home was built on or before December 31, 1987
  • Home contains lead piping or copper piping with lead solder
  • Home does NOT have a water softener or reverse osmosis system installed


Sampling requires residents to fill a provided bottle with water from an internal faucet – The City will do the rest. Results from the study will be provided at no cost to participants. Sampling will take place in October 2016 and again in Spring of 2017. Residents who participate will be able to participate in all future Lead and Copper Rule sampling events.

To participate Corpus Christi residents should contact Water Quality Specialist Erin O’Brien at the O.N. Stevens Water Treatment Plant at (361) 826-1744 or at