Brownsville is founded. Residents depend on horse-drawn carts from the Rio Grande River to deliver water and kerosene lamps to light their homes.
Brownsville citizens ask for an election to create a municipal system after a franchise awarded by the Brownsville City Council to John Maxcy fails to begin construction.
Brownsville citizens approve a $70,000 bond issue to build a water-works and an electric
Brownsville builds an electric and water utility. The first electric light plant cost $11,000. Brownsville’s first 16 street lights are not lit during the full moon to save money.
Brownsville builds new water filtration plant.
Brownsville builds a new water filtration plant at the cost of $152,000. It can supply 4 million
gallons of water daily and is called "one of the best in the state."
Brownsville puts Municipal
Electric Plant into operation.
Brownsville constructs Water
Treatment Plant No. 2.
Brownsville’s City Commission authorizes a charter amendment proposing the creation of a public utilities board; residents vote for the amendment, resulting in the creation of the Public Utilities Board (BPUB) of the City of Brownsville, Texas.
BPUB expands Water Treatment Plant No. 1 to match Brownsville residential and industrial expansion.
BPUB completes Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements to treat 10,000 gallons of wastewater.
BPUB builds Robindale (North Plant) Wastewater Treatment Plant to treat 5 million gallons a day.
BPUB creates a Public Utilities Board Consumer Advisory Panel (PUBCAP) to create a communications channel for its customers. The panel soon became a model for other electrical utilities’ consumer advisory boards.
BPUB acquires 18% share of Oklaunion Power Plant near Vernon, Texas.
BPUB constructs a 36-inch raw water pipeline from the Rio Grande to BPUB Water Treatment Plant No. 2. Resaca de la Guerra waterway is no longer needed to carry raw water to the treatment plant.
BPUB buys 21% of the natural gas-powered
Hidalgo Energy Center in Edinburg, Texas.
The Brownsville Public Utilities Board rebrands itself with the introduction of a new logo.
BPUB begins Southmost Regional Water Authority (Brackish Groundwater) Desalination Water Treatment Plant operations.
BPUB uses a $46 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus grant to upgrade much of the city’s wastewater infrastructure.
BPUB renovates and expands Robindale Wastewater Treatment Plant to increase treatment capacity to 14.5 million gallons daily. It is the first design-build plant in Texas.
BPUB enters a purchase agreement with Sendero Wind Farm in Hebbronville, Texas to bring 78 megawatts of electricity to Brownsville residents.