A sad state of affairs in Corpus Christi, Texas right now. Around 2:00 AM last Thursday, residents of Corpus Christi received automated phone messages from the city stating that a Tap Water Discontinuation was in effect due to a potential release of chemical contaminants into the water system.
Can you believe that? No one in all of Corpus Christi could use their water. 320,000 people. At all. Mind you, that was including schools, businesses, NOTHING.
Well for now, the city officials believe that 3 to 26 gallons of Indulin AA-86 from a plant operated by Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions was released into the water system due to an incident with their cross connection controls. And by incident I mean they did not have any. No backflow prevention device installed on a line that connects to a drinking water system. UGH.
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Yikes. Indulin is an asphalt emulsifying agent that is considered hazardous by OSHA. Contact with the product can cause acute health effects such as eye and skin burns, respiratory tract irritation, allergic reaction, and damage to the gastrointestinal tract/digestive system. They do not know where or how far the contaminant has traveled, but using water will only spread it further.
Since Friday, the City has rescinded the Do Not Drink notice in Zone 1, but Zone 2 and Zone 3 are still are still cut off with no end in site.
Naturally, residents are scared and angry. And they have every right to be.