TWDB approves over $ 200 million for Corpus Christi seawater desalination plant

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 / 11:03 am CDT
Updated: July 24, 2020 / 11:03 a.m. CDT

AUSTIN, Texas – The office of Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa announced that the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved an application from the city of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The application is for US $ 222,475,000 in multi-year funding from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for a desalination plant in the Inner Harbor Ship Channel of the Port of Corpus Christi near Port Aransas.

As part of a multi-phase project, the approved funds are intended to cover the costs of planning and building the desalination plant. In 2017, the city received $ 2.75 million in funding from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) to find a site and prepare permits for two facilities for the project.

The Inner Harbor desalination plant will be the first to be built, while the second will be built in the future near the La Quinta Canal in San Patricio County. Ultimately, the two desalination plants have an estimated capacity of 70 million gallons of water per day, the senator’s office said.

Senator Hinojosa made the following statement:

“Water security is one of the most pressing social and economic challenges of our time. Texas’s future prosperity depends heavily on the availability of water. Converting our seawater to freshwater, as is already common practice in South America and the Middle East, is an important part of any solution to the water scarcity and growing demand in Texas. I applaud the city of Corpus Christi for their proactive approach to ensuring that future generations have sustainable water supplies. By securing the SWIFT loans, the city has the water infrastructure it needs to support the future prosperity of our economy. “