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.

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