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Unidentified men check pipes where Corpus Christi's city-owned water main connects with an asphalt plant where a suspected chemical leak led to a city-wide ban on tapwater use, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The ban was been gradually eased and city officials expect the results of EPA tests on Sunday to determine it can be fully lifted. (AP Photo/Frank Bajak)

Corpus Christi's water has been deemed safe to drink, following 4-day ban


That was a close one.

After four days of imposing a citywide ban on the use of tap water, Corpus Christi, Texas, has lifted the moratorium.

Residents can now use tap water for drinking, bathing, washing dishes and in food preparation. City officials suggested residents run their taps for two to three minutes to flush water of any debris in the lines.

The water system is in "full use," which means residents can use tap water, no holds barred.

The ban was enacted Wednesday night after city officials discovered a chemical tank containing an asphalt emulsifying agent leaked into water lines in the industrial district.

Valero, which leases the property to Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions Inc., released a timeline of what happened saying, "Valero employees the asphalt terminal building [noticed] brown water at a faucet. Pipes are flushed and water clears." This was 22 says before the city issued the ban.

I apologize personally.
Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen

Mayor Dan McQueen said he apologized "personally" to all residents affected. "I hope you guys understand and feel the emotion I have right now. This certainly isn't something the city wanted to do. It's the 18th of December. We have Christmas right around the corner."

The ban had residents buying bottled water to last through the ban.

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