CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Water Utilities Department officials are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water use.
The reason? The City of Corpus Christi said it is closely monitoring the combined capacity levels at Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir.
In a news release, the city states the summer's and fall's high temperatures, and low rainfall, have resulted in a steady decrease of the combined water level.
Water Utilities Department Public Information Officer Christian Cabazos said the city asked residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage. She encourages folks to mot keep water running while brushing your teeth, to wash full loads in clothes washers and dishwashers, and to cover pools and hot tubs to avoid evaporation.
The city currently has not initiated what it refers to as a "Stage 1 Mild Water Shortage Watch," but, said these small, but significant changes, in their daily habits can help conserve water.
Cabazos said officials are closely monitoring water levels at Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Water Reservoir. Currently, the levels are at 40.7 percent.
"If they do drop below 40 percent, they will have to implement 'mild water shortage watch,' " she said. "That can only be implemented by the City Council and City Manager."