Historic Brownsville Market Square Makeover

Brownsville, TEXAS  – The Market Square Revitalization Project is currently underway in the heart of Downtown Brownsville.

Slated for completion in May 2017, the Market Square Revitalization Project includes the undergrounding or relocating of electric distribution systems – wires, transformers and other equipment – along Market Square Street and within the alleyways between East Washington Street and East Adams Street, along East 10th Street and East 14th Street in Downtown Brownsville.

The Market Square Revitalization Project seeks to provide visual and functional improvements throughout Brownsville’s Main Street District by making Market Square safer, and more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, while facilitating future economic growth.

The Market Square Revitalization Project seeks to provide visual and functional improvements throughout Brownsville’s Main Street District by making Market Square safer, and more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, while facilitating future economic growth.

The Market Square Revitalization Project will permanently close Market Square Street to vehicular traffic, yielding a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly plaza with landscaping, fountains, the addition of a life-size chess board, and other amenities.

Additionally, undergrounding improvements to the alleyways and Market Square Street will be coupled with street paving improvements on East 11th Street and East 12th Street, between East Adams Street and East Washington Street.

The Market Square Revitalization Project seeks to provide visual and functional improvements throughout Brownsville’s Main Street District by making Market Square safer, and more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, while facilitating future economic growth.

Funding for the $3.4 million project is provided by the City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Public Utilities Board.

“Market Square is going to be transformed,” said Ramiro Gonzalez, assistant director for the city planning & zoning division. “We’re really excited for this project. It’s going to bring life to Market Square and the Main Street District. Our ultimate goal is to protect and showcase this historic site, while providing a safe space for the community to enjoy.”

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BPUB Releases Drinking Water Quality Report

Courtesy of BPUB.

Courtesy of BPUB.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) released its annual Drinking Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report. It can be found online at the BPUB website, and it was also sent out to all customers as the June bill insert. People interested in reading more about BPUB’s water quality can also pick up a copy at the BPUB Administration Building.

The Drinking Water Quality Report is an annual report mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides consumers information about the quality of the water that comes out of their taps. It includes data on many different things, including the sources of water, educational health information as well as constituents found in the water. All drinking water, including bottled water, can contain some measure of constituents. The report also includes information on how you can contact BPUB with any questions or concerns.

BPUB’s water meets all state and federal guidelines for drinking water. In fact, BPUB has a superior rating for its water quality. These were some of the things that were discussed at a public meeting at the BPUB Administration Building to discuss this year’s Drinking Water Quality Report. BPUB employees were on hand to explain what all of the…

Read more at Brownsville-PUB.com.

Rockefeller Foundation Visit

The Rockefeller Foundation visited the Rio Grande Valley to meet with the Brownsville Public Utilities Board this week. The Southmost Regional Water Authority’s desalination plant was highlighted during the presentation as a perfect example of how BPUB seeks innovative and proactive ways to tackle issues facing the community.  The desalination plant along with the Resaca Restoration project and the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant were reviewed by the foundation as best practices for building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.

Go Green with Brownsville Public Utilities

Go Green

There are environmentally friendly ways to cut utilities costs.  Our environmental commitment and our customers are something we are proud to stand behind.  When it comes to saving money on your utility bills, it helps to identify the areas in your house that expend the most water and energy.  Below are just a few ways to Go Green and save.

GreenLiving

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost 50 percent of a typical home’s utility bill is attributed to heating and air conditioning, 30 percent to appliances and lighting, and 20 percent to the water heater and refrigerator. Dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters are three major appliances that you may want to consider replacing with more energy- and water-efficient models.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board offers GreenLiving Rebates should you decide to upgrade energy or water conservation appliances.

Here are some more quick Go Green tips:

Tune it:

A pre-season tune-up and filter is a good investment for removing dirty air that clogs your HVAC ,(heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, improving airflow and helping your system run efficiently. Keeping your system running at peak efficiency equates to less energy use and lower utility bills.

Upgrade/Replace it.

HVAC – If your HVAC system is older than 10 years, it may be time for an upgrade. Installing a new, high-efficiency system that uses non-ozone depleting refrigerant can reduce your annual heating and cooling costs from by 30 to 50 percent. GreenLiving Rebates are available for HVAC and window air condition unit upgrades.

Lighting – When purchasing new appliances, electronics, and lighting, save money on your utility bill and help the environment by purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified products. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR have the highest rating a product can earn for energy efficiency.

Insulate it.

Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Check the insulation in your attic, crawlspaces, and any hard-to-reach spaces that tend to be the biggest energy loss areas and can make a noticeable difference on your energy bill.

Caulk and weather strip doors and windows that leak air. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through walls, floors or ceilings.

Seal it.

When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too.

  • If possible, replace toilets built before 1994; they use 3 1/2 gallons or more per flush, while newer WaterSense® labeled models use only 1.28 gallons or less per flush. Click here to learn more about BPUB GreenLiving Rebates for WaterSense® toilets.
  • Toilet Tank Test: Small leaks can add up in a hurry. Check for leaky toilets by dropping a little food coloring in your toilet tank. Wait 10 minutes. If, without flushing, the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak. Fortunately, the flapper and fill valve are easy, inexpensive replacements.
  • Outdoor Leaks: Small leaks can add up to high water bills quickly. Inspect your lawn irrigation system, outside faucets, hoses and drip sprayers, and fix leaks immediately.

Billing

Understanding your bill is another important way to learn to use energy more efficiently by learning to calculate your fuel factor.

Online Account – No driving required.  No waiting in line.  Here are a few ways we can partner to help the environment and get your utilities account managed any time of the day. With your BPUB online account, you can have convenient, 24-hour access to:

  • Access your account(s) via the BPUB website
  • View your payment history
  • View your electric and water consumption
  • Access and download your bill
  • Make online payments
  • Apply for new service or transfer service
  • Disconnect service

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VIDEO: Brownsville Public Utilities Board Update – Resaca Restoration

The next venue for the Resaca Restoration Project requires some careful coordination and planning before it begins. See why it was necessary to use a crane operator in this week’s BPUB Update.

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