Corpus Christi Water Crisis

HEALTHWATCH - The city of Corpus Christi is dealing with a water crisis, after a dangerous chemical leaked into the water supply.

Late Thursday night, the Corpus Christi Mayor said parts of the city could use the water again, but the central area, shown in the video colored in yellow on a map, still could not. City officials say Ergon Asphalt Chemical, an asphalt emulsifier, back-flowed into the water supply making it unsafe to drink, bathe in, or cook with.

Officials learned of the leak Wednesday afternoon, but didn’t issue a warning until 10:30 that night. The water warning forced the closure of Corpus Christi schools, and sent residents rushing to grocery stores to buy bottled water. There are a lot of people that are going to be really harmed by this who have limited resources and everybody else.

Ergon said in a statement they’re “working cooperatively to provide all information to ensure state officials can remedy the situation as quickly as possible.”

Schools in the city will remain closed today.

Texas Emergency Management Officials are cording shipments of drinking water to the city.

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