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3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, December 17 2016 Dec 17, 2016 December 17, 2016 4:51 PM December 17, 2016 in News

CORPUS CHRISTI (AP)--The mayor of Corpus Christi says he won't know until Sunday whether a ban on drinking, cooking or bathing with tap water will be lifted for the 113,000 residents still under the restrictions.

That's roughly a third of the Gulf Coast city's population. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a citywide ban late Wednesday that has been either partially or fully lifted in most neighborhoods.

Mayor Dan McQueen also told reporters Saturday that there is no indication yet that the chemical leak at an asphalt plant contaminated the city's water supply.

An answer could come Sunday when the first results of 30 samples taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are released.

The agency said in a statement Saturday that there were four "unconfirmed reports" of symptoms possibly related to prohibited water use. McQueen called the reports "rumors."

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