AUSTIN, Texas – The office of State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa announced the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a request from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas.
The request is for funding of $222,475,000 in multi-year financing from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for a desalination plant in the Port of Corpus Christi’s Inner Harbor Ship Channel near Port Aransas.
As part of a multi-phase project, the funds approved are expected to cover costs to both the design and construction of the desalination facility. In 2017, the City had received $2.75 million in financing from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) to find a site and prepare permits for two plants for the project.
The Inner Harbor desalination plant will be the first to be built while the second plant will be built in the future near the La Quinta Channel in San Patricio County. Ultimately, the two desalination plants are estimated to have a combined capacity of 70 million gallons of water per day, said the senator’s office.
Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Water security is one of the most pressing social and economic challenges of our time. The future prosperity of Texas depends heavily on the availability of water. Converting our seawaters into fresh water, already common in South America and the Middle East, is an important component of any solution to Texas’ water shortages and rising demand. I applaud the City of Corpus Christi for their proactive approach to ensure future generations have a sustainable water supply. By securing the SWIFT loans, the City will have the water infrastructure necessary to support the future prosperity of our economy.”