The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) invites the community to sign up for its fall community tour of the electric system. The half-day tour is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Participants in the fall community tour will learn from the experts about BPUB’s electric system and how electricity is delivered to their homes. After a brief orientation, the tour will show people such things as:

  • Silas Ray Power Plant – explore BPUB’s fully owned power plant
  • Pole climbing demonstration – see what type of training all lineworkers must go through
  • Electric meter shop – learn how BPUB repairs meters and how they must read them
  • Electrical substation – hear about how BPUB transforms electricity to be used in homes
  • A presentation on the history of BPUB’s electrical system – learn how Brownsville went from kerosene lamps lighting the streets to a diversified electric power portfolio

Space for this tour is limited. Those interested in attending this tour can go to the BPUB website to sign up. Transportation to the different sites and lunch will be provided. All people who sign up for the tour are required to wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on different types of terrain. High-heel shoes are not allowed.

For those who are unable to attend the fall community tour, there will be another community tour, this time of BPUB’s water system, that will be scheduled for the spring.