People Make the Difference

You Can, Too

Helix is an organization where employees know that the work they perform is meaningful and how they treat others matters. We care about the quality of our water and providing this resource to our customers in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. We care about our customers and strive to hire people who believe the customer service experience they are providing is essential. The large number of thank you letters we receive each year from our customers tells us that we are doing things the right way – the Helix Way!

Come work for an organization where people make the difference, where leaders appreciate your contributions and talents and where employees develop their skills and abilities while working towards their professional aspirations. Come work alongside others who are passionate about their technical professions and care about the quality of their work.

Helix believes it is important to create and maintain a respectful work environment. Employees each work diligently at doing and being our best. We would love for you to consider joining our team!


Carlos Lugo
General Manager

What We Do

What We Do

Helix is a water utility, importing, treating and distributing water for a population of 270,375 in the cities of La Mesa, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, and parts of Spring Valley, Lakeside, Santee, and unincorporated San Diego County.

The Organization

Like most water utilities in California, Helix is a public (government) agency. We operate under Irrigation District Laws of California and are governed by a board of five directors elected to four-year terms by registered voters in the divisions in which they live. We currently have 146 full-time employees at our water treatment plant, reservoir, operations center and administration office.

Our Vision, Mission and Commitments

Vision Statement

Helix Water District – Setting standards of excellence in public service.

Mission Statement

Helix Water District is a progressive industry leader, providing high quality water, through an efficient and reliable system. Our innovative and dedicated employees and Board members maximize human and technological resources, providing superior service to our customers.


To our customers and community:

  • To provide service at the best value.
  • To develop employees committed to providing service in a courteous, efficient, and professional manner.
  • To operate on a sound financial basis.
  • To consider the environmental impact of any District action.
  • To abide by all applicable laws and regulations.
  • To provide timely information to the community on water issues.
  • To listen and respond to the public.
  • To invest in water research and development.

To our employees:

  • To foster an atmosphere of team spirit and open communication.
  • To provide a positive environment that encourages personal and professional growth.
  • To promote qualified personnel from within the organization, whenever possible.
  • To value the safety of all employees.
  • To provide compensation that is equitable and competitive.
  • To encourage pride in our standards of excellence regarding quality and service.
Our Values

Honesty, Trust and Integrity

Honesty, trust, and integrity are the cornerstone of everything we do. We believe that organizational integrity is the result of individual integrity.

Commitment to our Employees

We value each employee’s unique contribution to the success of the District. We support our employees through training, development, and recognition of their strengths and individual talents.

Customer Service

We value excellent service and those who provide it by listening, anticipating, adapting, and responding to our internal and external customer needs.


We recognize the power of teamwork. We are committed to helping each other in the spirit of cooperation to be the best.

Responsibility and Accountability

We are responsible for accomplishing the vision and mission of the District and are accountable to ourselves and each other.

Open Communication

We value two-way communication that is timely, open, and honest. We support an environment where people express ideas, listen with respect, and provide and receive constructive feedback.

Continuous Improvement

We are committed to continuous improvement. Creativity, innovation, and growth assure a dynamic future. We challenge ourselves to improve personally, professionally, and organizationally.


We value leadership demonstrated by employees who, by example, set standards, inspire coworkers, and serve as role models in supporting the vision and mission of the District.

Cost-Effective Quality

We achieve excellence through programs that emphasize cost effective quality.

Our Competencies

All Employees

Trust, Integrity, Ethics and Values

Customer Focus

Results Oriented

Communication Skills

Functional and Technical Skills

Team Player

Efficient and Effective

Managing Personal Performance

Supervisors and Senior Staff

Leading Others

Team Builders

Coaching Direct Reports

Planning and Organizing

Priority Setting



Written Communication Skills

Managers, Department Directors and General Manager

Managing Vision and Purpose

Organizational Savvy

Hiring and Developing Staff

Presentation Skills

Equal Opportunity Employer

Helix Water District is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants and employees shall receive equal consideration and treatment. The district will recruit, hire and promote the best qualified individuals for positions without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class (protected classes as recognized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California State Department of Fair Employment and Housing and California Labor Code).

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