City Water Customer May Notice “Earthy” Tones in Water

Corpus Christi Water is Safe to Drink

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Water Utilities staff has addressed calls received from water customers in the Annaville and Calallen area regarding an earthy taste and smell to their city drinking water. This is a result from increasing the water feed from the Colorado River through the Mary Rhodes Pipeline last week.

After being treated at the O.N. Stevens Water Treatment Plant (ONSWTP), this water arrived in customers’ homes yesterday. The Colorado River water is safe to drink, as is the water coming out of the City’s O.N. Stevens Water Treatment Plant.

Water Utilities staff has taken immediate action decreasing the feed to the Mary Rhodes Pipeline from the Colorado River and using more supply from Lake Texana.

Residents should see their water back to normal within a few days.

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For over 129 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-proof, sustainable, and reliable.