What you need to know about Corpus Christi ending drought restrictions

The city of Corpus Christi lifted its water usage restrictions Tuesday after enforcing them for more than six months. 

The city entered into a Stage 1 Mild Water Shortage Watch in late December. At the time, the combined water levels at Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir, which feed water to the city, were at 39.8 percent. 

As of Tuesday, the combined water levels were at 57.4 percent, City Manager Peter Zanoni said. 

Residents can now water their yards with irrigation systems at any time and on any day of the week.

The combined capacity of Lake Corpus Christi, pictured here, and Choke Canyon, pictured here, water reservoirs were below 50 percent in June 2018.

Conserving water whenever possible is still encouraged to help sustain the region’s reservoir and lake levels.

“Residents may not realize this, but during this same time a year ago, our reservoir and lake levels were a little less than they are today,” Zanoni said. “Within just six months, levels dipped low enough to initiate a drought response.”

Stage 1 restrictions had included the following : 

  • Residents can use their irrigation system once a week on their trash collection day, before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Hand watering is allowed on any day using a shut off nozzle.
  • Foundations can be watered once a week with a hose or drip irrigation.
  • During Stage 1, commercial car washes and landscape nurseries are not impacted

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