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Teamwork makes the substation dream work

By bpub | July 23, 2019 |

About every 35 years, an electrical transformer needs to be replaced. Two major substation projects were recently completed. The Military Substation Power Transformer T1 and the FM 802 Substation Power Circuit Breaker were replaced. Engineering and construction for these types of projects are typically outsourced. However, the Electrical Engineering, Substation & Relaying, and SCADA departments…

2019 hurricane season preparedness tips

By bpub | July 23, 2019 |

Hurricane season is here. The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins June 1, but just because hurricane season has begun doesn’t mean you still can’t get ready before a hurricane threatens the area. Take time to prepare a hurricane emergency kit. Don’t wait until a warning is issued and…

Resaca Restoration Project Moving Forward

By bpub | May 1, 2019 |

With more funds and continued support from residents, BPUB is moving forward with its resaca restoration efforts through its collaboration with the city of Brownsville and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Almost a year and a half ago, BPUB received an overwhelming amount of support from residents for a grant that would fund resaca…

Trade a Tree for Better Reliability

By bpub | May 1, 2019 |

Homeowners love their trees. They provide shade in the summer, protection from harsh winter winds and even help lower electricity bills down by keeping the house cooler. They also can cause a major power outage if they’re located in a bad spot. One of the biggest causes of electrical outages isn’t cars crashing into poles…

Resaca Boulevard Resaca Ecosystem Restoration Gets Underway

By bpub | March 6, 2019 |

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…

Brownsville Passes New Cross Connection Ordinance

By bpub | March 6, 2019 |

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. What is it? To understand the ordinance, it helps to understand the terminology. A cross-connection is a link…

Is a Smart Home a Smart Choice for Energy Efficiency?

By bpub | March 6, 2019 |

“Smart” seems to have become a popular buzz word 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…

Using Incident Command for Business

By bpub | October 26, 2017 |

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.

BPUB Asks Customers to Use Outage Reporting Application

By bpub | August 23, 2017 |

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) asks customers to use its mobile outage reporting application to report any service outages or problems with service.

Public provides input on Resaca Restoration Project at meeting

By bpub | July 27, 2017 |

The Resaca Restoration Project began in 2013 with four sites, and BPUB succeeded in dredging each of those spots. Now with the cooperation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), BPUB is looking at what is coming next for the ambitious, long-term project. To help determine that, BPUB and the USACE held a meeting…