AUSTIN, Texas Dec 15 The Texas city of Corpus
Christi has told its nearly 320,000 residents to stop using tap
water due to possible contamination from an industrial chemical
leak, city officials said on Thursday.
The leak involves an oil-based chemical, the Corpus Christi
Caller-Times newspaper quoted a city official as saying. The
city has consulted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and found the chemical is not poisonous and not
expected to be a health hazard, the newspaper reported.
The city said in a statement that late on Wednesday "an
unknown chemical substance may have contaminated the City of
Corpus Christi drinking water due to a recent back-flow incident
in the industrial district." The statement did not provide
details about the incident.
The Gulf of Mexico coastal city, home to oil and
petrochemicals operations and a large port, asked residents to
avoid using tap water until it can confirm water safety.
It said to use only bottled water, and that for tap water
"boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other
disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Will Dunham)