City Staff Addresses Customer’s Reports of Water Discoloration

Water Throughout the City Continues to be Safe for Use

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Water Utility customers may be seeing discoloration when filling bathtubs or sinks, especially for water customers on the Southside. Although the water may look different, water quality remains safe for use.  

Changes to chemistry at our lakes, reservoirs, and rivers due to extraordinary rain events in late May and early June are causing an imbalance in Corpus Christi’s water composition. In the last 45-days, the National Weather Service shows a rainfall average of eleven and half inches in the area covering our watersheds. The region in a normal rainfall year receives only three and half inches of rainfall during the same time.

Served by a dedicated sixty inch main that delivers treated water directly from the O.N. Stevens Water Treatment Plant, water customers located in Southside neighborhoods have been impacted the most.

Water quality laboratory technicians have adjusted treatment measures to prevent further aesthetic reactions and bring back balance to the customer’s water. City staff is confident water will return to normal clarity by Friday of this week and possibly earlier.

If customers have any water quality concerns and would like a certified field technician onsite to assist, please call 361-826-CITY (2489). Dispatch and field staff are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Media representatives can contact Public Relations Specialist Shelby Coppedge at (361) 826-2214 or by email at  You can also find updates on Water Utilities’ social media channels on Facebook @CCTXWater, on Twitter @CCTXWater and on Nextdoor. 

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For over 55 years, the city of Corpus Christi has been vital as the water supplier for the region. Our commitment to 500,000 residents across the Coastal Bend is to deliver water that is affordable, drought-resilient, sustainable, and responsible.