City Utilities officials will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 6, 2015 to review the annual Drinking Water Quality Report. The report was mailed to customers with their May utility bills distributed in June.

This is an annual water quality report required by the EPA and the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) for distribution to customers of the City of Corpus Christi water distribution system. Corpus Christi's water is treated at the O.N. Stevens Water Treatment Plant and tested by the Water Utilities Laboratory.

The meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Water Utilities Conference Room, 2726 Holly Road.

In other water related news the American Society of Civil Engineers held a discussion panel on the desalination issues and how they effect the region. With the city still in a stage 2 drought the issue of bringing more water into the area is one that is important to residents and businesses alike.

The Coastal Bend region is growing at a rapid rate and demand for domestic, construction, and industrial water consumption is rising significantly. As this rapid growth continues, our surface water source’s ability to replenish is being outpaced by our consumption demand.

Implementation and utilization of desalination facilities has impacts that must be looked at closely as they hold potential impacts on public works and utility management for the city.

One of the points made in the panel was that the cost and impact will vary from region to region. Where as Alice may find a higher cost there is the potential for a 75% return from the desalination process.

“The desire to step up and take a more active part in what we do for in the way of water policy around the state is beneficial,” said Bech Bruun who is a member of the Texas Water Development Board. “We are about to have a new state water plan for the next year, most people do not know that there is actually a water plan in effect for the state.”

Brunn expressed his feelings that the current plan now looks ineffective given the development of new technologies and what has been experienced over the years since its implementation in 2011. With a 3% return of water over the course of 50 years does not look good.

The idea of desalinating sea water is currently the idea being looked at by the water board as they prepare to introduce a new plan for the year of 2016. The idea being that with the abundance of sea water in the area, a desalination plant may yield a higher return rate for our water supply.

One thing to consider however is the cost. An important factor will be the issue of salt content.

Depending on the content of salt concentration the desalination cost may increase. But with a growing population sitting on the Gulf of Mexico, it still looks to be an option looking towards the future.