• Work Ramping Up on Colorado River Water Pipeline
    Contractors are ramping up field construction of the components of the $160 million Mary Rhodes Pipeline Phase 2 which will deliver water from the Colorado River to water users served by the San Patricio Municipal Water District and others in the Coastal Bend region. Miles of pipe have been manufactured and are being delivered to the pipeline route which stretches from Bay City to the existing Lake Texana Pump Station on the south side of Palmetto Bend Dam. We have a series of photos showing recent progress on the pump station, pipeline and connection to the existing 101-mile pipeline . [Full Story and Photos]

  • Lake Levels Trigger Stage 2 Restrictions
    The combined water in storage of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir has dropped below 40% and mandatory water use restrictions for customers throughout the Coastal Bend region are now in effect. The primary additional restriction in Stage 2 is that sprinkler irrigation of lawns and landscaping is limited to one-day-per-week. In most area communities that day is the same day as the customer's weekly garbage collection. This is a mandatory restriction. [Read More]
  • District In Stable FInancial Condition
    An independent audit for 2013 shows that the San Patricio Municipal Water District is financially stable. Water sales totaled 7.9 billion gallons, down slightly from 8.1 billion gallons the prior year. District water sales will increase over the next few years as new industrial customers come on line. [Full Story]
  • District Provides 2013 Water Quality Report
    The San Patricio Municipal Water District has published its summary of the quality of water provided to customers in 2013, as it does each year. A copy of the report can be downloaded from this site. The report confirms that drinking water provided by the district is safe and meets strict government standards. [Download Report]
  • 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]

  • SEE PREVIOUS UPDATES AND ARCHIEVES
 
October 23, 2014
Choke Canyon Reservoir:
 (Max Elv 220.5 ft) 193.0 ft
Lake Corpus Christi:
 (Max Elv 94 ft) 86.3 ft
% of Total CCR/LCC Capacity 32.9%
% of Lake Texana Capacity 80.7%
 (Texana Max Elv 44.0 ft) 40.5 ft
About half of the water used each year by SPMWD customers comes from Lake Texana

COASTAL BEND WATER USERS NOW UNDER STAGE 2 RESTRICTIONS

The Coastal Bend is now in Drought Contingency Plan Stage 2. Residents, businesses and industry are encouraged to increase water conservation efforts. Sprinkler irrigation of lawns can be done only on one designated day per week. Sprinkler use is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., a permanent restriction that remains in effect regardless of drought conditions.

TAKE A TOUR OF OUR WATER SYSTEM STEP-BY-STEP
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]