I need your assistance in supporting the Port of Corpus Christi’s Desal Permit. While we’ve been blessed with the recent rain, our state needs a reliable supply of water to sustain industry’s current growth. As you will note, I’ve included background information and talking points below. Feel to use any of the suggestions. All comments are limited to three minutes. This is very important to our future and I urge you to call in on Tuesday and express your support for the Port of Corpus Christi. Please login Tuesday night at 7:00 pm and utilize the link below:
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PCCA has proposed to construct a desalination plant at their La Quinta property near Portland, Texas. The site is located near the La Quinta ship channel in San Patricio County. This facility is proposed to produce up to 30 million gallons a day (MGD) of industrial water through reverse osmosis processing. The pending water rights permit would allow diversion of 101,334-acre feet of water per year and the pending TPDES discharge permit would authorize the discharge of up to 51 MGD per day per. The plant intake will consist of seawater pumped from the Corpus Christi Bay.
I am speaking today in strong support of the pending TCEQ permits in which the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) is the applicant - water rights permit and TPDES water quality permit
I’m a strong advocate of our state’s regional water planning process and, as such, supports thoughtful and intentional efforts to secure a future water supply for the Coastal Bend.
Creating water for industry also frees up existing water consumption by industry, thereby creating additional water availability for residential use. We applaud the PCCA Commissioners for their foresight in pursuing these permits.
I strongly supports the PCCA’s efforts to develop seawater desalination as a viable and secure future source of water for the Coastal Bend. In addition, I also support TCEQ’s efforts to ensure environmental protection through issuance of the subject permits.
We applaud PCCA’s efforts to reduce the discharge by identifying possible alternative uses of the brine.
Desal is a strategy included in the 2022 State Water Plan approved by the Texas Water Development Board. The La Quinta site is included in the plan.
The Port is undertaking a data driven process in or to ensure protection of the Coastal Bend bays and estuaries.
No impact to the tax payers if developed by the Port of Corpus Christi
Desal is a resilient drought-proof water supply.