Heavy rains cause sanitary sewers to overflow

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The accumulation of rain over the past 24 hours has caused an excess volume of water in the city’s sewage pipes. This resulted in an overflow of sanitary sewers.

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Corpus Christi City staff were notified of a sanitary sewer overflow near Hewit Drive and Santa Fe Street. Tonight 100,000 gallons of water household waste would have overflowed.

City utility crews will begin inspecting the sewage lines once the rainfall subsides. These inspections will include tests to identify voids in the pipes where water could pass.

The city has contacted the appropriate officials, including the regional office of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The city is required by 30 Texas Administrative Code Section 319.303 (c) to issue the following caveats:

(1) Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within half a mile of the spill site or in the potentially affected area should only use water that has been distilled or boiled to a boil. for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing and brushing teeth.

(2) People purchasing water from a public water supply system can contact their water distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use at (361) 826-CITY or by mail. electronic to [email protected].

(3) The public should avoid contact with wastes, soil or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.

(4) If the public comes into contact with any waste, soil or water potentially affected by the spill, they should wash and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

Regarding this matter, media representatives can contact Amber Oetting, Head of Strategic Communications, at (361) 500-7385 or by email at [email protected] You can also find updates on Water Utilities social media channels on Facebook @CCTXWater, on Twitter @CCTXWater, and on Nextdoor.

About Corpus Christi Water Utilities

For more than 55 years, the city of Corpus Christi has been a vital supplier of water to the region. Our commitment to the 500,000 people of Coastal Bend is to provide affordable, drought resistant, sustainable and responsible water.


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