Citations for Stage 1 Water Restrictions to Begin Next Week; Community Urged to Conserve Water

Fines for Water Citations Could Reach $500; Enforcement will Include Nights and Weekends

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Corpus Christi Water Chief Operations Officer Michael Murphy announced that citations for violations of Stage 1 Water Restrictions begin Monday, July 25. The City of Corpus Christi has been under Stage 1 Water Restrictions since June 14.

During Stage 1 Water Restrictions, watering with an irrigation system or sprinklers is allowed once a week on residents’ trash day. On that day, no watering is permitted between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

A citation will be issued if watering outside allotted days and times is observed. The citation is a Class C misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 per violation per day.

“The drought impacting our region shows no sign of relenting,” City Manager Peter Zanoni said. “This is a serious situation, and we need everyone in the community to conserve water. The City will enforce watering rules during the week and on nights and weekends. To avoid a citation, only water on your trash day.”      

To report a water violation, please dial 311. For more information on Stage 1 Water Restrictions and ways to conserve water, visit

Media representatives can contact Public Information Manager Robert Gonzales at 361-826-3233 or email at or Community Outreach Specialist Erin Hawkins at 361-826-1817 or You can also find updates from Corpus Christi Water on social media channels: Facebook @CCTXWater and Twitter @CCTXWater.

About Corpus Christi Water

For 130 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 plan, produce and deliver water that is affordable, drought-proof, sustainable, and reliable.