Expert Spotlight: Juan R. Carrizales, BPUB Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Enjoying the sun, sand and surf at South Padre Island with his wife, Norma and their children, Giselle and Sebastian, BPUB Regulatory Compliance Specialist Juan R. Carrizales says that’s why his work matters.  Clean air and water are important to him personally and professionally. All utilities, including the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB), are controlled by state and federal regulations.  Carrizales reports on BPUB’s approved water and wastewater facility permits which define safe.. Read More

Service is Our Main Product

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is proud to be the recipient of the diamond status RP3 (Reliable Public Power Provider) designation. This encompasses many things, but in the eyes of everyone who works at BPUB, it comes down to one thing: service is our main product. BPUB is built around providing top-notch service to all of its customers, and the criteria that BPUB was judged on to receive the RP3 designation shows how our top-notch service relates to each of those.

At BPUB, Safety is Part of Our Core Values

Safety is one of the most important values among all BPUB employees. The fact is that many BPUB employees deal with dangerous situations and materials. Consequences of not having a workplace safety culture can include severe injury, lawsuit or worse. With that in mind, BPUB is devoted to promoting a culture of safety across all departments and all employees.

A Look at Our Emergency Operations

Unlike many storms, Harvey was fast forming and difficult to predict. With many forecasts pointing to the hurricane hitting the Rio Grande Valley, BPUB needed to be prepared and act fast. The Rio Grande Valley narrowly missed being hit by Hurricane Harvey, but BPUB was already making preparations in case the storm made direct contact. So what’s done in a situation like this?

Using Incident Command for Business

When BPUB activates its General Emergency Plan, the company responds according to plans established by FEMA which include the Incident Command System (ICS), the standard for emergency management by all public agencies in the United States for both planned and emergency events. This organizes personnel under one leader toward a common task, improving communication and ensuring a more organized response. That may expand or contract based on the magnitude of the incident, a hallmark of ICS. Businesses with organized emergency response teams that interface with public emergency services can benefit from using the ICS. ICS is also well suited for managing disruptions of business operations. Public information and crisis communications are an integral part of the ICS structure.

BPUB Deactivates General Emergency Plan

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) General Manager and CEO John S. Bruciak deactivated the General Emergency Plan on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. as Hurricane Harvey bypassed Brownsville and is projected to make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast.

BPUB Activates General Emergency Plan

With the threat of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on or near Brownsville, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) General Emergency Management Plan has been activated, effective Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.