After decades of talk, it looks like desalination is the wave of the future for the city’s water supply; and with time to spare.

The Corpus Christi City Council approved a plan Tuesday which will determine when the city will need to have a alternate water supply. The plan also moves the city forward with plans for a saltwater desalination plant.

If everything goes according to plan, a desal plant could be up-and-running either somewhere along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, or in San Patricio County’s La Quinta corridor, by the end of 2022.