The City of Corpus Christi could impose mandatory water restrictions on residents as early as mid-September if we do not get some significant rain soon, according to City Water Director Gus Gonzalez.
The levels at Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir have plummeted over the summer. This time last year, the combined lake level was 64.9-percent. As of this Monday, that number has dropped down to 45.4-percent.
Lake Corpus Christi is currently at 19-percent of its capacity.
"We are concerned that the lakes and our reservoirs, and the surface water at the lake, continue to decrease," Assistant City Manager Oscar Martinez said. "I haven't extrapolated when exactly at the current rate we would hit below 40, but we're prepared to go to the next phase of drought contingency should that occur."
City planners said they are ready to take emergency measures when the combined lake level hits 40-percent. Also, all City departments have been reminded to keep a close eye on their water use.
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