Coastal Bend WEAT & TAWWA Section: Regional Water Alternatives

Join the WEAT and TAWWA Coastal Bend Sections for their March Meeting!


Social: 5:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Presentation: 6:30 PM

Door Prizes: 7:30 PM


Presentation Synopsis

The process performance, feasibility, and costs associated with seawater desalination have been demonstrated by major projects in the US and around the world. Seawater desalination provides a pathway to a drought-proof, reliable water supply where traditional surface water and groundwater supplies cannot keep up with projected demand growth. Desalination technologies continue to improve inefficiencies and recoveries which promote the economic and environmental feasibility of developing previously untapped saline resources.

The City of Corpus Christi has worked diligently to diversify the water supply for the Coastal Bend Region. The next supply for the region’s water portfolio needs to be drought-proof, so the City is pursuing seawater desalination to help ensure water reliability for local residents, businesses, and industries.

The Seawater Desalination Project focused on determining the feasibility of leveraging the development of seawater desalination to achieve a cost-effective, environmentally sustainable, and drought-proof water supply for the City and its customers. The presentation will highlight technical, economical, and environmental considerations for desalination projects.

This seminar has been approved for 1.0 CEU by the TCEQ for water and wastewater utility operators.

Speaker Information

Speaker: Michael Murphy, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Corpus Christi

Michael Murphy

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Murphy is a proud, native Texan with his bachelor's and master’s degree from Texas Tech University. Murphy most recently served sixteen years as the director of public works for the city of Greenville in South Carolina. He comes equipped with a professional engineer background, extensive experience in municipal government, and a successful record of project initiation and completion.


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