Winter tips for your home

Winter may have begun in December, but for those of us living in the southernmost tip of Texas, winter takes its time. If you haven’t prepared your home for the cold days ahead, now is a great time! Tip 1 – Tune up your heating system Consult a professional technician to inspect your heat pump or furnace to make sure your system is clean and in good condition. This type of inspection also.. Read More

Project SHARE Scholarship Deadline Approaches

Time is running out to apply for the 2019 Project SHARE Scholarship. Know a graduating high school senior in BPUB’s service area? Encourage that student to check the requirements and apply before the deadline. It could be worth $1,000! There will be 10 lucky students who will claim the $1,000 scholarship. They will join the more than 100 previous scholarship winners that BPUB has honored since starting this annual tradition in 2005. Requirements:.. Read More

Is a Smart Home a Smart Choice for Energy Efficiency?

“Smart” seems to have become a popular buzz words these days as more and more companies are attempting to dip their toes into the growing smart game. So what is a smart device? That can be tricky to define for some people since so many smart devices do such different things, but a smart device can be described as one that is able to connect and interact with its user and other smart.. Read More

Expert Spotlight: Susan M. Walker

Helping people has always been Susan Walker’s biggest interest. As BPUB’s Customer Service Manager, Walker is now an expert in customer relations, but it took 20 years of banking experience and three more as a business manager at a local physical therapy clinic to get there. BPUB serves over 40,000 Brownsville residents and works with customers to ensure their payments are correct and on time. Walker’s careful consideration for customers came from her.. Read More

Brownsville Passes New Cross Connection Ordinance

The Brownsville City Commission approved a new ordinance Dec. 4 that will help protect the city’s drinking water supply. The new ordinance requires backflow prevention devices to be installed and maintained to prevent contamination of drinking water.

BPUB Warns About Callers Posing as BPUB Employees

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) warns customers about people claiming to work for or on behalf of BPUB calling customers and demanding payments.   According to reports, a person posing as a BPUB employee calls a customer and demands a payment for an outstanding bill. The caller instructs the customer to call a number and make a payment with a pre-paid card or credit card or says someone will.. Read More

Expert Spotlight: Joe Del Rio

From treating injured soldiers in the Army to treating various sources of water for Brownsville residents, BPUB Foreman Joe Del Rio has dedicated his lifelong journey to serving others. Del Rio was born and raised in Port Isabel, and like most from here, he spent a lot of time enjoying the beach and fishing with his friends. He attended Port Isabel High School and later graduated from Texas Southmost College. Soon after, he.. Read More

Resaca Boulevard Resaca Ecosystem Restoration Gets Underway

Passersby might have noticed that the area along the Resaca Boulevard Resaca is starting to look a bit different. That area is undergoing an ecosystem restoration that began in August 2018. The work is being funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB), with USACE covering 65 percent of the approximately $1 million project and BPUB covering the other 35 percent.

Shedding Light: Choosing the right bulb for your home

Remember years ago when you would go to the hardware store or grocery store to shop for light bulbs? Aside from a few size and watt differences, they all pretty much looked and functioned the same way. Those days are long gone. Go shopping for light bulbs today and you will be confronted with a slew of different styles, watts, colors and types. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the.. Read More

The Importance of Public Power

October is a time when public power is given some recognition and celebrated. The American Public Power Association (APPA) celebrates Public Power Week in the first full week of October, but the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) extends that week to a full month. With public power or municipally owned utilities (MOUs) being recognized this month, you might wonder what public power is and why it’s so important.