Helix is a Special District
A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a needed service, such as water or sewer. Most are governed by a Board elected from their communities and are effective service providers because they are held to high standards of transparency and accountability.
Assembly Bill 1234 requires Board members to attend ethics training upon election or appointment, and re-certify every two years.
State law requires special districts to submit regular audits performed by a certified public accountant to ensure public funds are properly managed. The audits are public documents filed with the state and county controller.
Helix was formed in 1912 and became an operating entity in 1926 under the Irrigation District Law of California, Water Code sections 20500 et seq.
The San Diego Flume Company built Cuyamaca Dam and began work on 33.5 miles of wooden flume to transport water to San Diego. The flume delivers water for the first time in 1889.
Ed Fletcher and James Murray buy the San Diego Flume Company and rename it the Cuyamaca Water Company.
East County residents, farmers and growers unite to form the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District and find their own source of water.
The La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District assumes ownership of the Cuyamaca Water Company.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California completes the Colorado River Aqueduct.
San Diego representatives lobby Congress for funds to connect San Diego County to Colorado River water.
The San Diego County Water Authority is formed to administer the region’s Colorado River water rights and the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District is a charter member.
El Cajon Valley Irrigation District joins the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District.
The La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District is renamed Helix Irrigation District.
Chet Harritt Dam is completed in Lakeside and Lake Jennings begins to fill.
R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant is completed and Lake Jennings opens for fishing.
Construction of new pipeline brings treated water to Helix’s entire service area for the first time.
California’s Legislature approves a new name: Helix Water District.
Setting standards of excellence in public service.
We are responsible for the safety, quality and reliability of the drinking water for over 273,000 people in San Diego's east county.
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