November 4, 2012
JIM NAISMITH RETIRING AS GENERAL MANAGER - After 23 years as general manager and district engineer, Jim Naismith is retiring at the age of 76. He talksabout the challenges facing the District's service area and new industrial prospects.
November 2, 2012
DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE AND LAKE LEVELS SLIP - Stubborn drought conditions persist over much of South Texas. Conservation efforts are being strongly urged as lake levels near the 40%
level that triggers mandatory steps. Lake Texana remains nearly full.
November 1, 2012
BRIAN WILLIAMS NAMED GENERAL MANAGER - The District board of directors has named Brian G. Williams, P.E., as general manager. He replaces Jim Naismith who is retiring after five decades of service to the District. Don Roach continues as assistant manager.
August 13, 2012
TPCO PIPE PLANT CREATING NEW SAN PAT SKYLINE - The massive steel framework of the first production building broke into view in early August at the site of the $1 billion TPCO America seamless steel pipe plant. The initial unit is scheduled for completion in March.
August 13, 2012
CUSTOMERS ENCOURAGED TO STEP UP WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES - The Lake Corpus Christi/Choke Canyon reservoir system dropped below 50% in mid-June. While there has been some rain in the watershed it did not reverse the downward slide of lake levels.
August 12, 2012
NEW SAFETY OVERPASS ON SH 35 TAKING SHAPE - Work is progressing rapidly toward completion of a project that will extend freeway lanes and improve highway safety in the busy area east of Gregory.
May 17, 2012
RAINFALL TURNS COASTAL BEND GREEN - The El Nina is over and periodic rains this spring have turned much of the areas fields, pasturs and lawns a deep green.
May 3, 2012
WATER SYSTEM EXPANSION PROJECTS IN SERVICE - All elements of the water system expansion started in 2009 are nowin service delivering water.
May 1, 2012
DISTRICT GETS ANOTHER CLEAN AUDIT -
An independent annual audit shows the District is financially stable. The clean audit opinion for 2011 was presented by Allan Johnston, CPA
March 24, 2012
LAKE TEXANA FULL AND DROUGHTCONDITIONS IMPROVING - Rains filled Lake Texana as of March 23 and levels for the LCC/CCR system continue steady. A chart shows how annual evaporation is a major factor in reducing the amount of water in storage.
February 20, 2012
DREDGING UNDERWAY ON LA QUINTA CHANNEL EXTENSION - Work started in February on the 1.4-mile channel extension that will open up new channel-front property.
February 22, 2012
LAKE TEXANA REBOUNDS; LA NINA EASING - Rainfall has pushed Lake Texana levels up while the LCC/CCR system is holding steady. La Nina appears to be transitioning to neutral condition.
January 28, 2012
LAKE TEXANA REBOUNDS SOMEWHAT FROM HISTORIC LOW LEVELS - Rainfall in January raised Lake Texana back to above 50% of capacity. It hit a low of 35.7% on January 8th.
January 23, 2012
PORT MASTER PLAN OUTLINES SAN PATRICIO RAIL PROJECTS - A Port of Corpus Christi plan depicting six conceptual projects
in the county including rail relocation at Odem.
January 5, 2012
WILLIAMS JOINS WATER DISTRICT STAFF - Brian Williams has joined the staff as an assistant manager.
December 7, 2011
LAKE TEXANA LEVEL AT HISTORIC LOW - Lake Texana levels have fallen below 40% and the Water District is making contingency plans for a reduction in Texana water availability.
December 4, 2011
INSTALLATION OF ODEM AREA TRANSMISSION LINE UNDERWAY - Construction of Section 2 of the West Transmission Line is progressing across its 10.5-mile length.
November 1, 2011
ROCKPORT-FULTON STUDENTS TAKE A LESSON IN WATER CONSERVATION - Elementary students participate in design contest sponsored by City and Water District.
November 1, 2011
EXPANSION PROJECTS NEARING COMPLETION - Most of the projects in the Water District's capacity expansion program are now complete.
October 31, 2011
AREA WATER SUPPLIES STRESSED BY INTENSE DROUGHT - The Texas Drought of 2011 has had a dramatic impact on area reservoirs where water levels have been dropping.
October 30, 2011
WILLATT SELECTED AS GENERAL COUNSEL - Attorney Mike Willatt has been named General Counsel for the Water District taking the place of retiring Thomas Andrews.
September 26, 2011
GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATES CHANNEL WORK - Community leaders gather to celebrate the start of work on extension of La Quinta Ship Channel. It will open new industrial and terminal locations in San Patricio County.
August 26, 2011
CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON $1 BILLION PIPE PLANT - A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the construction phase of the greenfield TCPO America mini mill and pipe plant.
August 16, 2011 (updated)
AREA WATER SUPPLIES GOOD IN FACE OF DROUGHT - Lake levels are all down due to intense drought but available supplies are in good shape to get through the coming year.
July 25, 2011
PAST HURRICANES HELPED SHAPE WATER DISTRICT - Hurricanes in 1967 and 1970 provided valuable lessons that have been incorporated into District infrastructure and operations over the ensuing decades.
June 16, 2011
WEST TRANSMISSION LINE CONTRACT APPROVED - The 10.5 mile pipeline will deliver drinking water to Odem and Rincon Water Supply Corp.
May 31, 2011
ENGINEERS STUDY OPTIONS FOR TPCO WATER SUPPLY - The Water District and TPCO have preliminary engineering underway to study options for providing 2 million gallons per day of water to the company's proposed mini mill and pipe plant.
May 25, 2011
LA QUINTA SHIP CHANNEL EXTENSION FUNDED - Funding is now in place to extend La Quinta Ship Channel, a required initial step in creation of the 1,100-acre multi-purpose deepwater terminal being developed by the Port of Corpus Christi Authority.
May 10, 2011
DISTRICT AGAIN GETS CLEAN AUDIT - An independent annual audit shows the District is financially stable. The clean audit opinion for 2010 was presented by Allan Johnston, CPA.
April 27, 2011
DISTRICT MAKES EARLY PURCHASE AS PIPE PRICES ESCALATE - The District has awarded a $641,440 contract to buy 56,000 linear feet of 12-inch PVC pipe. The early action was forced by rapidly rising pipe prices.
April 21, 2011
PLANT C CAPACITY EXPANSION, PUMP STATIONS UP AND RUNNING - Major elements of the District's overall capacity expansion program are now substantially complete and in operation.
April 12, 2011
STATE AWARDS CONTRACT FOR HIGHWAY OVERPASS - Work will begin soon on a SH 35 highway project that will improve access to the TPCO pipe plant site. The Water District is working with TPCO on how water will be provided to the plant.
March 8, 2011
KELLAR APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Doil P. Kellar, Jr. was appointed to represent City of Aransas Pass customers on the Water District Board of Directors.
February 8, 2011
WATER DISTRICT EXPLORING 2ND WASTEWATER REUSE PROJECT - The District has submitted a state loan application that would finance a possible conservation project that would reuse treated effluent from the Portland Wastewater Plant.
February 1, 2011
WIND TURBINES CRANKING OUT POWER - Wind turbines in San Patricio County are
in operation and helped in meeting high peak power demands this winter.
January 25, 2011
FAIRGROUNDS GARDEN PART OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM - The initial phase of a low water demand native plant landscaping and rainwater harvesting demonstration garden is open to the public at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds.
January 11, 2011
REDUCING ELECTRIC BILL - The District has been taking steps to increase efficiency and reduce the amount paid for electric power to run pumps and other equipment.
January 1, 2011
REGIONAL WATER PLAN - The 2011 Water Plan has been approved by the Coastal Bend Regional Water Planning Group - Region N. It will be part of the 2012 Statewide Plan.