City officials lift tap water restrictions in Corpus Christi

Residents urged to flush tap prior to using water

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – City of Corpus Christi officials on Sunday lifted tap water restrictions effective immediately citywide.

According to a city news release, the decision was made after city officials discussed the situation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Residents are urged to flush water taps in their homes for two to three minutes to clear water lines. They are also asked to replace water filters.

A ban was initiated Wednesday after the chemical, Indulin AA-86, an asphalt emulsifier, was found in the drinking water due to a back-flow incident from a chemical tank.

Valero Refining blamed the incident on Ergon Asphalt, one of its "third party operations." 

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