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Check your pipes: New water towers could increase pressure

A warning from Corpus Christi's City Hall Tuesday -- check your plumbing.

A warning from Corpus Christi's City Hall Tuesday -- check your plumbing.

A couple of new water storage tanks are about to go online. That will increase the water pressure noticeably for many residents, and that means leaky pipes that have not been attended to could become a big problem.

The two new higher-capacity water towers, or elevated storage tanks, are nearing completion. One is located on Holly Road and the other on Rand Morgan.

Once completed, the tanks will raise water pressure across the city.

Water Utilities Director Dan Grimsbo said the increased water pressure will provide better firefighting protection and improved pressure during power outages. However, the increased pressure could turn small leaks into bigger problems.

Grimsbo said you also may need to adjust lawn sprinkling systems as the higher pressure could increase the amount of water passing through sprinkler heads in a shorter time.

The Holly Road water tower will go into service first followed by the Rand Morgan tower about a month later. The exact date isn't available due to changing weather conditions affecting construction, but it is expected in the next two or three months.

Grimsbo said more old towers will be taken down.

Citizens are encouraged to become "leak detectives" by effectively checking all faucets, pipes, hoses and connectors for any potential problems. The goal of being a leak detective is to avoid wasting water and money by investigating and repairing costly leaks.

For helpful tips as well as how to find a certified plumber, visit www.cctexas.com/waterpressure.

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