• TCEQ Issues Initial Coastal Bend Desal Permit
    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has granted the first of four permits that would ultimately pave the way for construction of two seawater desalination plants adjacent to the Corpus Christi Bay system. One of the two plants would be located on the ship channel west of the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge and the other would be near the La Quinta Channel in the vicinity of the San Patricio Municipal Water District's water filtration plant complex. Desalinaton as a water supply for the Coastal Bend region has been under discussion for more than 30 years. The Water District has prepared a summary of the ongoing planning process. The summary is included here. [Full Summary]
  • Lake Levels Declining; Stage 1 In Effect
    Area lake levels continue to slowly decline. Stage 1 water conservation measures remain in effect for all customers of the Coastal Bend regional water system. The key provision in Stage 1 is that residential customers are required to limit lawn irrigation to only one day per week. Each local water provider is responsible for designating which residences can water on specific days of the week. Restrictions can be lifted when the combined water storage in the Lake Corpus Christi/Choke Canyon system goes back to more than 50% of capacity. [Full Report]
  • District Provides Water Quality Report
    The San Patricio Municipal Water District has published its summary of the quality of water provided to customers in 2021. A copy of the report can be downloaded from this site. The report includes detailed findings and confirms that drinking water provided by the Water District continues to be safe and meets strict government standards. [Download Report]
  • Mark Evans Joins District Board of Directors
    Mark Evans of Portland, a retired industry environmental manager, has been approinted to represent industrial customers on the San Patricio Municipal Water District board of directors. . Mr. Evans retired from OxyChem Ingleside in 2017, works as regulatory consultant and has spent 42 years in theTexas petrochemical industry. He replaces Ed Rainwater, a retired Dow vice president, who resigned from the board after 16 years of outstanding service to the Coastal Bend region. [Full Report]
  • Water Conservation Plan Approved
    The Water District Board of Directors has adopted a revised Water Conservation Plan. State rules require that the plan be updated every five years. The plan is also required to be consistent with the plan adopted earlier this year by the City of Corpus Christi which by contract manages surface water supplies in the region. The Water District's plan is available on this site. [Link to Plan Document]
  • District Adopts Updated Drought Management Plan
    The Water District has adopted an updated Drought Contingency Plan which is consistent with the restrictions that apply to everyone supplied by the regional water system managed by the City of Corpus Christi. Plan revisions are designed to better reflect the expanded surface water supply available to Coastal Bend customers including Lake Texana and Colorado River water rights. Because the current combined lake level is at 67%, the region is NOT in a water shortage condition. You can download a complete copy of the San Patricio Municipal Water District's Drought Contingency Plan in this story.
    [Full Story and Plan Download]

June 1, 2023
Choke Canyon Reservoir:
 (Max Elv 220.5 ft) 196.3 ft
Lake Corpus Christi:
 (Max Elv 94 ft) 90.3 ft
% of Total CCR/LCC Capacity 42.8%
% of Lake Texana Capacity 100%
 (Texana Max Elv 44.0 ft) 44 ft
About half of the water used each year by SPMWD customers comes from Lake Texana


Stage 1 limits residential lawn water to one day per week. Coastal Bend residents, businesses and industry are encouraged to make water conservation part of their daily routine. Sprinkler irrigation of lawns is always prohibited from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Water District has pump stations, transmissions lines, filtration plants and sophisticated control systems. Join our tour and we'll walk you through the process of bringing river water to our processing plants, turning it into drinking water and then delivering it to our wholesale customers. [TOUR]