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Editor’s Note:This article has been updated to correct the types of misdemeanors associated with violating water restrictions in the City of Corpus Christi and clarify whether Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is exempt from restrictions.
“Do these restrictions apply to all car washes and oil/gas manufacturers as well, or just individuals trying to live their own lives?”
“As much as I pay for water —[I]use as much water as I want, when I want it.”
These are some of the comments left under the Facebook page after the City of Corpus Christi posted about the water restrictions on Monday.
The City of Corpus Christi Began Enforcing water restrictions In mid-June, the city entered Phase 1 of its mild water shortage monitoring.On July 25, city officials began imposing fines of up to $500 on violators. This is a city court subpoena and a class C misdemeanor.
Corpus Christi Waterworks and the City of Corpus Christi have attempted to answer most of the questions residents have asked online, but some have remained unanswered.
Caller-Times reached out to Corpus Christi Water Chief Operating Officer Mike Murphy and City Manager Peter Zanoni to learn more about water restrictions, answer questions from the community, and prepare for Stage 2. I checked how long it was until I got in.
“The vast majority of our communities follow water restriction rules and guidelines,” Murphy said. “Our enforcement team works day and night and weekends.”
Are car washes and golf courses exempt?
Murphy said golf courses aren’t exempt, but three golf courses in the city (Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course, Lozano Golf Center and Corpus Christi Country Club) use reclaimed water.
“They’re just using a different water source,” Murphy said. “This is not potable water. It is treated wastewater.”
He said the city “treats the water from the wastewater plant so it can be returned to bays and estuaries or used to irrigate land such as parks, landscaping, golf courses and soccer fields.” added.
The city owns Oso Beach and Lozano Golf Course, but the country club is a private company and pays the city for wastewater treatment.
Car washes for commercial vehicles are not restricted. Zanoni said the company is grappling with safety issues because drivers must be able to see through the windshield.
“Most new car washes use recycled water,” he said. “Research shows that consumers use less water when washing their cars than at home.”
Why am I waived for Gulf Coast Growth Ventures?
Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is no exception, according to Zanoni. The city sells water to San Patricio County, which sells it to Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, Murphy said.
To keep operations running, Heavy Industry has the option to pay an additional 0.25 cents per 1,000 gallons on top of their water bill. Zanoni said each year brings about $4.5 million to the city that is used for drought services.
What about apartment complexes with sprinklers?
Multi-family dwellings are residential, not commercial, and are not exempt. Watering can only be done once a week on garbage collection day.
If you’re using a private garbage collection service, this will be the garbage collection day for the area where the apartment complex lives, Murphy said.
“We are actively calling all apartment complexes in the city to ensure there is no disruption,” Zanoni said.
Are there any rewards for reporting violations?
“No. This is not a ‘gotcha’ issue. It’s a compliance issue,” Murphy said.
The City has two methods of identifying violators. About 16 officials drive around the city and use data to see where large amounts of water are being used, and residents call 311 to report violators.
“The reward is being able to address violations and weather this drought together,” Zanoni said.
Where does the money from the quote go?
Zanoni said money is the city’s general fundused to fix roads, parks, etc.
Can I wash my car at home?
Residents are currently only allowed to use handheld hoses with spray nozzles that can be turned on and off.
“If it reaches Stage 3, it will be banned,” Zanoni said.
Are out-of-city London ISDs included?
The answer is yes and no, said Zanoni. School districts are included if city water is used. The city can require districts to comply with water restrictions, but cannot enforce them.
School districts or entities with large properties may apply for a 60-day waiver and the city will allow them to irrigate and maintain playgrounds or landscaping.
“You have to have a good reason to get it,” Murphy said.
How long until Corpus Christi enters Stage 2?
Murphy said the city could enter Stage 2 near the end of August or mid-September if the area doesn’t get enough rain.
As of Thursday, the combined water level of Chalk Canyon and Corpus Christi Lake was just over 37%.
Zanoni said the region is experiencing a “record drought”, surpassing the severe drought of 2011. Water levels in the city are dropping about 4% per month.
“We are in an extreme drought, which means we need well over 22 inches to normalize the soil,” Zanoni said. “Unfortunately, the drought is getting worse. We are currently at 37.5% of our reservoir capacity. increase.”
A rare triple La Niña is also predicted. According to Zanoni, this climate pattern results in dry winters and, as a result, dry weather throughout the year.
“Any steps we can take to weather this drought together will be appreciated,” he said. I have.”
For more information on restrictions and how to request a 60-day waiver, please visit: cctexas.com/conserve.
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