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Many City of Corpus Christi Ordinances ensure residents and businesses are protecting the water quality of stormwater runoff entering the waterways. This comprehensive list will ensure all citizens are complying with storm water ordinances.


Chapter 55 - UTILITIES ARTICLE XVI - Prohibition of Pollution of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

The fine for violation of the following ordinances is up to $2,000 per violation per day.

Sec. 55-201 - General Provisions. Identifies the objectives of the article are to prevent introduction of pollutants into the MS4 and waterways, to protect general public, and to enable the city to comply with federal and state laws.

Sec. 55-203 - Prohibited discharges into the MS4. Prohibits any intentional discharge into the storm sewer of the following: 

  • Grass clippings and leaf litter
  • Animal waste
  • Chlorinated pool water
  • Wastewater
  • Cooling water
  • Pesticide or Fertilizer
  • Any substance prohibited from being discharged into waters of the United States or State of Texas
  • Solid wastes (animal carcass, animal parts, grease, ashes, dirt, garbage, brush, household hazardous waste, medical waste, motor vehicle fluids,etc.

Sec. 55-204 - Removal of improper discharges from and repair of damage to MS4. Ordinance places responsibility of repairing damage done to MS4 on the responsible party. This includes compensating the City for any expenses caused by illegal discharge.  

Sec. 55-205 - Prohibited connections with MS4. Prohibits any drain from connecting to the MS4 without a permit.