Water quality complaints being investigated by TCEQ

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 19:35:05-04

Complaints about the taste and smell of city tap water have led to an investigation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Just yesterday the city’s water department said the water quality was in compliance.

Now the TCEQ will look into two issues with the water supply.

Gabriel Ramirez, the assistant director of water quality and treatment, says recent heavy rains may have led to the strange smells and taste.

“Whenever you have heavy rainfall and cold temperatures, and then warm temperatures… and back and forth, that does cause the lakes to turnover,” said Ramirez.

In other words, Lake Corpus Christi got stirred up by the rain, but that isn’t the only issue.

Ramirez adds last week the city also did an algae treatment in preparation for the warmer months. But he says that does not impact the water’s smell and taste.

Meanwhile, the city continues to take water samples every day as they always do, and they’ll also be working closely with TCEQ.

“We’re definitely in communication with them with regards to water quality and things of this nature, to make sure that we’re on the same page as they are,” said Ramirez.

The TCEQ does not have any findings, as they’ve just started their investigation. When they’re done, they say those results will be made available to the public.