Water Treatment

The R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant can treat up to 106 million gallons of water per day for Helix, Lakeside, Padre Dam and Otay water districts. Just 17 people operate and maintain the plant using a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system designed and developed in-house.

ROLES

The icons indicate whether the role requires certification or a college degree. Explore our job descriptions to learn more.

PLANT OPERATIONS

Operate and maintain our water treatment plant in compliance with all federal and state regulations.

CHEMISTRY

Perform physical and chemical analyses to ensure our water is safe to drink.

BIOLOGY

Perform biological and microbiological analyses to ensure our water is safe to drink.

SCADA & ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Develop control and communications systems for monitoring water quality and automating operations.

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Maintain and repair the pumps, instruments, motors and other equipment at our water treatment plant.

CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL

Coordinate the installation and testing of backflow prevention assemblies and investigate water quality issues.

CERTIFICATION

Click on the links below to learn about the various certificates we require.

State of California

The state requires the certification of anyone who makes decisions about the operations or maintenance of a water treatment plant. There are five levels of certification, T1-T5, and you need at least a  T2 to work at Helix.

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CA NV AWWA / ABPA

We require our cross connection control coordinator to have a backflow prevention assembly tester certificate and a cross-connection control program specialist certificate. Two industry organizations offer certification.

CA NV AWWA – LEARN MORE

ABPA – LEARN MORE

Water Quality Association

We require certification for our chemist and biologist positions.

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How do you pass the certification exam? Just 10 minutes from Helix is the Water and Wastewater Technology Program at Cuyamaca College. The evening courses, taught by industry professionals, will prepare you.

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.

© 2017 Helix Water District

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