Why seawater desalination?  

Affordable. Resilient. Sustainable. Responsible.

For centuries, our region has hunted for a sustainable water supply. Riddled with geographical challenges that are conducive to droughts - affordable, quality water can be a nomad to the Coastal Bend. Unlike our metropolitan neighbors to the North, Corpus Christi is uniquely situated where superb groundwater doesn’t rest in copious supply. Nor do water wells produce enough drink at a sensible price for our ever-growing 'Bend.


Following the devastating drought of 2011, area stakeholders came together with a heightened sense of awareness about our region’s water deficit. Like those who came before us, a new hunt was on to secure a drought-resilient water supply for the Coastal Bend. After a decade of cross examination and research of various water source options, seawater desalination consistently rose to the top as the right move for our region. Affordable, resilient, sustainable, and responsible; it’s the one water supply we can stop hunting for.

  • Combined with additional funding from industry partners and a low-interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board, seawater desalination is a new water source with a low impact to ratepayers. 

  • A drought-resistant water supply that may produce up to 20 million gallons of potable water daily. It’s what some call “drought-proof.”

  • Seawater desalination is an uninterruptable water supply that can be consistently upheld without the fear or uncertainty caused by seasons of mild rain or drought conditions.

  • Our Bay’s ecosystem and continued longevity remain our top priority in the seawater desalination initiative. It’s a harmony of water innovation and our commitment to the environment.

Stage 1 Drought Response

Mild Water Shortage Watch in effect. 
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