BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Cold weather and rain have caused some delays in the water valve replacement program that the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is conducting throughout the city, but water valves continue to be replaced, with more work scheduled for Monday, March 12.

The purpose of this project is to replace 64 water valves identified by BPUB’s Water/Wastewater Operations & Construction Department throughout the water distribution system. To date, BPUB has completed work on 37 of those valves. BPUB personnel estimate weather has delayed this project about two weeks. The project began Oct. 30, 2017, and is now estimated to be completed by May 2018. This timeline could change depending on various conditions, including weather. Saenz Utility Contractor is the contractor conducting the work.

The valves identified for replacement were inoperable or at their life expectancy. Replacing these valves will provide greater communication throughout the water distribution system and allow greater flexibility in isolating particular areas in the water distribution system. That means BPUB troubleshooters will be able to minimize the number of customers affected by service interruptions.

These water valve replacements will require some customers to be without water service while work is being completed. BPUB will be keeping its website and social media up to date with the most recent scheduled work dates along with the customers who will be affected by that work.

The next scheduled work occurs starting Monday. There will be a water service interruption Monday, March 12, from 9 p.m. until approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, when the contractor will replace four 8-inch water valves at the corner of Hortencia Boulevard and Roosevelt Street. Approximately 100 customers on Hortencia Boulevard and Roosevelt Street between East 16th Street and Limon Street will be affected.

This work is part of BPUB’s continued commitment toward maintaining the city’s water infrastructure. BPUB’s investment in this project is approximately $383,700.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to its customers. For more information about this project, please call 956-983-6300 or visit the BPUB website at Customers can also check the BPUB Facebook page at or follow BPUB on Twitter at BPUB_Tweets.