News Releases

BPUB Confirms Authorities Investigating Payment Fraud

May 11, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) confirms that authorities are investigating a scam involving the payment of approximately $1.3 million. BPUB received a request from Noble Construction, a vendor currently working on a project for BPUB, to change Noble’s bank account information. BPUB made a payment to the updated account after receiving…

BPUB Announces Start of Stage 1 of Drought Contingency Plan

May 1, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) went into stage 1 of its drought contingency plan May 1, which calls for voluntary conservation of water. Stage 1 is automatically triggered every May 1. After a dry winter and spring, Falcon and Amistad lake levels are lower than typical at this time. Current weather…

BPUB Reminds Public to Avoid Flushing Wipes

April 22, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – With people spending more time at home and the high use of disinfecting wipes, BPUB wants to remind customers to dispose of wipes and any toilet paper alternative properly. Wipes should never be flushed down the toilet. “Unfortunately, wipes rarely if ever are biodegradable in the sanitary sewer system,” BPUB Pretreatment Manager…

BPUB Receives Highest National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

April 21, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX— The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) has earned a diamond Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing reliable and safe electric service. The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include…

BPUB Finalizes Relief Program for Residential Customers

April 20, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) finalized details of its expanded Project SHARE program that will assist residential customers hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many losing their jobs or unable to work. With so many in financial need, BPUB expanded the scope of Project…

BPUB Approves Relief Efforts for Customers

April 14, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – In response to the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) voted to extend suspension of service disconnections and late fees and also expanded BPUB’s Project SHARE program to allow for more assistance to customers hardest hit by the pandemic at a board meeting held April 13. BPUB board…

BPUB to Close Drive-Thru Payment Lanes

April 7, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Because of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) will close its drive-thru payment lanes at the BPUB Administration Building starting at 5 p.m. April 7. The drive-thru lanes will remain closed until further notice. Operations and services will otherwise continue as normal. Customer service personnel will still…

BPUB Activates General Emergency Plan

March 26, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Because of the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) General Emergency Plan and the Pandemic Response Plan have been activated effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 5 p.m. BPUB operations crews are still working and maintaining utility services, and they are prepared to handle any service-related…

BPUB Suspends Service Disconnections Until April 30

March 24, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX –To support its customers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) will suspend service disconnections to electric, water and wastewater residential and commercial customers until April 30, 2020. “In this time of uncertainty, BPUB pledges to do whatever it can to provide the consistency that we all need in…

CDC, EPA: Tap Water Safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 23, 2020

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board wants to assure its customers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that its tap water is safe for drinking and washing. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported COVID-19 has not been found in drinking water supplies. If it were, drinking water regulations set by the Environmental Protection…