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Corpus Christi to bring 2 water towers back online

One of the towers is located at Rand Morgan Road and Leopard Street, and the other is located at Holly Road and Everhart Road.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Two new water towers will come back online soon in Corpus Christi. The City of Corpus Christi initially built the two water towers five years ago.

One of the towers is located at Holly Road and Everhart Road. Corpus Christi Water will bring it online between July 5 and July 15. The second tower at Rand Morgan Road and Leopard Street will come online four weeks later.

No immediate change to water pressure

City leaders tell 3NEWS that homeowners do not have to worry about higher water pressure busting pipes because once the city brings the water towers online, it won't increase the water pressure right away.

Corpus Christi Water said the pressure will remain 52 psi for 6-8 months. It will increase the psi through 2029, eventually with a goal of 72 psi.

Mike Murphy, the chief operations officer for Corpus Christi Water, told the Corpus Christi City Council that there were many problems when they brought the towers online at full pressure five years ago.

"We started experiencing several water breaks in the area. In the neighborhood of 50-to-60 breaks in the course of a couple of days," Murphy said.

He added that the City had to make a lot of repairs to get to this point.

"We've installed almost a quarter of a million linear feet of water line to replace the old, decrepit, outdated water system that was in there," Murphy said.

He adds that they will provide pressure regulators to anyone who asks for one.

"We're going to get that three million gallons of storage because it's critical right now for emergency situations," Murphy said.

Twelve years ago, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) ruled the City did not have enough elevated storage, and plans were made for four new towers. Murphy said that he hopes to advertise for bids this fall for the next tower in Flour Bluff. 

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