Frequently Asked Questions About BPUB

How much are board members paid? How are they chosen? All board members, with the exception of the mayor, are appointed by city commissioners to serve four-year terms. After serving a four-year term, the board member is eligible to be reappointed for one additional four-year term but no more. This appointment is voluntary, and board members receive no financial compensation for the time they spend. Board members serve because they would like to.. Read More

Professional Profile Marie Leal

For Water and Wastewater Operations Director Marie Leal, P.E., talking about football, hunting, fishing, yard work, and “shop talk” is all a part of leading one of the biggest divisions at the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB).  Leal, who oversees the Water and Wastewater  Engineering, Operations and Construction, Combination Lift Stations and Plant Maintenance departments, says she “grew up in a man’s world” because of her career choice where women were once a.. Read More

Energy Tips for Small Businesses

Saving a few bucks where you can makes all the difference for many small businesses, especially when the margins might be slim. There are easy adjustments that business owners can make to reduce utility bills. Let’s look at five tips to lower your utility bill.

Welcome to the digital world: Advice to business social media late-comers

In business, as in life, there are groups who are progressive, adventurous and open to new things like technology. In the grand scheme of things, those people are the ones with the newest mobile telephone, software application and entertainment device. Remember Betamax tapes? Remember 8-track tapes? Remember the transition from transparencies to PowerPoint for presentations? It all starts somewhere. According to the agricultural researchers Beal and Bohlen in the 1957 Everett Roger’s bell.. Read More

Get Ready for Another Hurricane Season

The Rio Grande Valley has been very lucky in recent years. The last hurricane to hit the Valley was back in 2008 when Hurricane Dolly struck the area. That storm caused total property damage estimated at $1.05 billion, according to the National Hurricane Center. What that should tell you is that you never know when a hurricane might strike, and when it does, the effects can be devastating. With that in mind, hurricane.. Read More

BPUB Helping to Educate the Community

As a municipally owned utility, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is committed to being an integral part of the community. BPUB seeks to be an integral part of the fabric of the city, staying involved in local activities and supporting community events. One of the things on which BPUB places a premium is education. This is reflected in many of the activities that it participates. Knowledge about the city’s resacas is essential.. Read More

Golf tournament drives funds for needy families, scholarships

Another year has passed for the Project SHARE Golf Tournament, and it’s another year in which the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) was able to raise funds for Project SHARE, a program established to assist the community in paying their utility bill and to provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Project SHARE, created in 1985, provides a helping hand to senior citizens on fixed incomes and low-income families in emergency situations.. Read More

BPUB Celebrates Fix a Leak Week

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is joining utilities across the United States in recognizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Fix a Leak Week from March 20-26.

BPUB Grants Help Expand Initiatives, Projects

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) has a big job on its hand. Delivering electrical, water and wastewater service to a community like Brownsville requires a lot of work and a lot of money, but luckily, BPUB looks for additional ways to support itself outside of what’s collected through monthly bills. To supplement the funds that are brought in from billing, BPUB aggressively pursues grants that match the company’s needs. Because there are.. Read More

Understanding the Dangers of Business Waste

Residents probably don’t think too much about what goes down their drain, but it’s especially important for businesses to be aware of what goes into theirs. Introducing the wrong material into the wastewater system can cause major problems for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) and ultimately for the community as well. There are many ordinances and laws that regulate what a company can dispose of and how it can be done. Some.. Read More