• Subsea Pipe Spooling Base Being Reactivated
    A specialty subsea pipe spooling base in the San Patricio County industrial complex is being reactivated and the new owner expects production to ramp up this year. A second company serving the offshore energy production industry has plans to expand onto the same property. They join Kiewit Offshore Services and Gulf Marine, both large employers that build major offshore drilling and production equipment projects. [Full Story]
  • Region Celebrates La Quinta Ship Channel Extension
    Local, state and federal leaders celebrated the 1.4-mile extension of the La Quinta Ship Channel serving San Patricio County industries. The extension is being deepened to 45 feet under a second contract. The deepwater channel extension will serve a new iron reduction complex, an LNG export terminal, a pipe mill and a cargo terminal, all served by the Water District. The extension is the first addition to the Port of Corpus Christi ship channel system since 1960. La Quinta Channel also serves Sherwin Alumina, OxyChem, DuPont and Kiewit. [Full Story and Photos]
  • voestalpine Will Use Bay Water For Cooling
    Saltwater from Corpus Christi Bay will be used for cooling at the voestalpine iron processing plant when it goes into production in 2016. This step will mean the plant will not be drawing about 6 million gallons per day from the regional surface water supply that would otherwise be required. Once-through bay water cooling will require a system designed to deal with aggressive corrosion conditions. The company will also purchase approximately 700,000 gallons a day from the Water District. [Full Story]
  • Region Moves Forward to Deliver Colorado River Water
    The partners in the Corpus Christi area regional water supply system are moving forward with the 41-mile Mary Rhodes Pipeline - Phase 2 which will deliver water to the CC Bay Area from the Colorado River in Matagorda County. Pipeline easements have been acquired and pumps have been ordered. The project is expected to be delivering water through the 54-inch diameter pipeline in the second half of 2015. The project represents the completion of an effort started in 1992 to acquire the Colorado River water rights. [Full Story]
  • Task Force Wants Action on Additional Water Supplies
    A Blue Ribbon Task Force on water supply has recommended the Coastal Bend region move forward on projects to deliver Colorado River water, develop ground water resources and work on brackish ground water projects to increase overall supply. The efforts will diversify sources in a way that will reduce the impact of severe dought conditions. [Full Story]
  • Municipal Water Rate Increase Coming in 2014
    The Water District Board of Directors is preparing to adopt a budget with a proposed 2014 municipal water rate increase of 25 cents per thousand gallons. The increase is composed of higher raw water costs, treatment capacity expansion and increased debt service coverage in response to a bond rating service report. [Full Story]
  • Ratings Firm Gives District "A+" Rating on Bond Debt
    Fitch Ratings, a national bond cred rating service, has affirmed the "A+" rating on bonds issued by the Water District and is reporting that the District is financially strong. The service changed the future outlook to "negative," indicating that water rates were not as high as they would like to see. [Full Story]
  • Brush Country Rainfall Fills Lake Corpus Christi to Capacity
    A major rainfall event in the western Nueces River Basin on Oct. 13th produced a significant wave of floodwaters that has filled Lake Corpus Christi which had recently been at about 25% of capacity due to regional drought conditions. Lake Texana has also remained near full in recent months as rainfall conditions improve. The result is a dramatically improved total amount of water the region has in storage. Choke Canyon Reservoir remains at about 36% of capacity.
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  • Texas Voters Approve Statewide Water Plan Funding
    Texas voters on Nov. 5 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that will create a state water development bank to help address water shortages over the next half-century. The PROPOSITION 6 amendment will set up a state revolving loan program and will dedicate a one-time investment of $2 billion to capitalize the loan program. The proposal had the support of 73% of those voting. It was backed by leaders from across the state which has faced lingering and wide spread drought conditions in recent years. [Full Story]
  • District Developing Plans to Supply New Industrial Customers
    The Water District has signed water supply contracts for a pipe mill now under construction and for a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility, both located near Gregory. Engineering studies are underway to develop system upgrade projects to facilitate meeting the needs of TPCO America and Cheniere Energy. [Full Story]
  • Revised Conservation and Drought Contingency Plans Adopted; Board Urges Customers to Reduce Water Demand
    Increasingly severe drought conditions and declining reservoir levels have prompted the Coastal Bend Region to revise water use restrictions. The Water District has adopted revised water conservation and drought management plans that match those of other water suppliers in the region. The Board of Directors is calling on municipal and industrial customers to share what they are doing to reduce water demand. [Full Story]

April 23, 2014
Choke Canyon Reservoir:
 (Max Elv 220.5 ft) 196.3 ft
Lake Corpus Christi:
 (Max Elv 94 ft) 91.2 ft
% of Total CCR/LCC Capacity 45.3%
% of Lake Texana Capacity 81.5%
 (Texana Max Elv 44.0 ft) 40.6 ft
About half of the water used each year by SPMWD customers comes from Lake Texana


Major inflows into Lake Corpus Christi in November have resulted in elimination of almost all water use restrictions in the region served by the Coastal Bend regional water supply system managed by the City of Corpus Christi. The San Patricio Municipal Water District Board of Directors voted in December to move from Drought Contingency Plan Stage 2 to Stage 1. Residents, businesses and industry are encouraged to continue water conservation efforts. Sprinkler irrigation of lawns can now be done on any day but is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This is a permanent restriction that remains in effect regardless of drought conditions.

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 rier water to our processing plants, turning it into drinking water and then delivering it to our wholesale customers. [TOUR]