Helix Water Talks: reserve your seats

Helix Water Talks: reserve your seats

Helix Water Talks is our new series of facility tours and panel discussions to give customers an inside look at how we provide a safe and reliable water supply – from the science and engineering to the policies and operations. The series begins with:

On Demand: how we deliver water

9:00-10:30 am
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center
1233 Vernon Way in El Cajon

8:30-9:00
Coffee and donuts

9:00-9:30
Welcome and tour of Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center in El Cajon

9:40-10:30
Panel discussion and questions

Reserve your seats at hwd.com/events/water-talks/. Scroll down to Bookings and complete the reservation form.

Future talks will focus on water resources, water treatment and the cost of water.

Next Weekend: The Garden Native Tour

Next Weekend: The Garden Native Tour

The California Native Plant Society’s Garden Native Tour, April 2-3, will showcase 20 gardens in eastern San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, and Jamul. This year’s theme is “Landscaping for the Future”, and the tour features seven gardens designed, grown and maintained by Helix customers, including the Lincers in La Mesa.

Jeff and Judie Lincer have taken to water conservation in style.  “We feel like we have waterfront property in La Mesa!” Judie exclaims, looking over the koi in a freshwater pond. Dragonflies and damselflies now hover where there had been floats and beach balls. Egrets, herons, and osprey visit the natural environment on occasion as well.

Until a few years ago the pond had been a swimming pool. “As the kids moved out, we found that we weren’t really using the pool; we’re both are big fans of birds, so we decided to create something that we would give back to the environment and that we would actually enjoy on a daily basis,” continues Judie.

They can collect and store 2000 gallons of rainwater from the roof of their 2,200 sq. ft. La Mesa home that would otherwise run off their lot and into the sewer system.  “We’ve got two tanks that hold a total of 500 gallons to water the native plants in the front yard, another two tanks that supply the pond, and for our vegetable garden, and three 330-gallon,” Judie calculates.

The pool to pond conversion is the latest step in their efforts to make their home landscape sustainable. “Since moving to San Diego in 1996, I’ve been astounded at how lush and tropical gardens and lawns were, given how little rain we get. It just did not make sense,” Judie says.  “I decided that when I owned a home, I would embrace San Diego’s unique climate and work with that.”  When the couple pulled up their lawn, they first planted drought tolerant succulents and cacti. Gradually they began adding manzanitas and other native plants and liked the look.

As members of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), their yard was selected for a makeover in fall 2014. Members of their Garden Committee came up with a design centered on a cobble streambed that comes alive after rains (or releases from the water tanks) and features plants from San Diego desert and chaparral communities.

Get Your Tickets
Tickets for the two day, self guided Garden Native Tour are $25 for adults and free for children.  To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit gardennative.org.

Register Today! Our Landscape Design Workshop is March 19th

Register Today! Our Landscape Design Workshop is March 19th

Join us in two weeks on Saturday, March 19th or on Saturday, April 9th for a WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop. You need to register in advance so click on the links below.

The workshop is free and a local landscape expert will cover turf removal, soil, plant selection, design, planning, irrigation and implementation – all the elements you need to turn whatever you have now, after a year of water use restrictions, into a beautiful, water-efficient landscape. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or plan to hire a contractor, you will receive an introduction to the knowledge, skills and resources needed to create a WaterSmart landscape.

Both workshops run from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operation Center located at 1233 Vernon Way in El Cajon. These workshops are offered in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. Don’t wait, because these events fill quickly.

March 19 Workshop – REGISTER TODAY!

April 9 Workshop – REGISTER TODAY!

2016 Water-Wise Home Garden Tour

2016 Water-Wise Home Garden Tour

The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its first annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The self-guided tour will highlight a variety of five beautiful gardens, located in El Cajon, La Mesa and Rancho San Diego, utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage. Homeowners will be on-hand to talk about their gardens and plants, pots and garden accessories will be on sale. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event and attendance is limited.

Learn More About the Home Garden Tour

Get Discounts on Low Water-Use Plants

Get Discounts on Low Water-Use Plants

As the days get longer, the San Diego County Water Authority and 11 member agencies once again are partnering with several local The Home Depot stores to offer discounts on water-efficient plants ideal for springtime planting. The San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs run from Feb. 20 to May 21 at Home Depot stores from Chula Vista to Oceanside.

Go to WaterSmartSD.org for Dates and Locations

The upcoming plant fairs at select The Home Depot locations will feature marked containers of water-wise plants such as lavender, bougainvillea, geranium and rosemary at discounted prices. Industry experts will provide information about water-efficient irrigation supplies and how to select and grow low-water-use plants. Certified nursery consultants from The Home Depot will host how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will be available to provide information about water conservation programs and services.

“This is the fifth year we have partnered with San Diego County Water Authority and member agencies to get information about drought tolerant plants to our customers throughout the San Diego area. With drought being such a prevalent issue in the western half of our nation, educating our associates and customers about water conservation is the right thing to do,” said Brian Parker, senior merchant of live goods for The Home Depot. “We look forward to hosting events from Feb. 20 to May 21 at our local stores with our fantastic partners.”

Water Authority member agencies sponsoring the spring plant fairs are Carlsbad Municipal Water District, City of Escondido, City of Oceanside, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, City of Poway, City of San Diego, San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Sweetwater Authority, Vallecitos Water District and Valley Center Municipal Water District.

“This continued collaboration between the Water Authority, its member agencies and The Home Depot has proven a popular approach to helping San Diego area residents beautify their landscapes while simultaneously giving homeowners options that require less water,” said Mark Weston, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “El Niño may bring an occasional wet winter, but it’s important to remember that San Diego County has a semi-arid climate. Transforming our landscapes with water-efficient plants is part of a long-term strategy to help us manage our precious water resources.”

Register today for a landscape design workshop

Register today for a landscape design workshop

Are you ready to transform your yard into a beautiful, water-saving landscape?  Join us for a WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop, a free, three-hour workshop and learn the basics of a landscape makeover.

A local landscape expert will cover turf removal, soil, plant selection, design, planning, irrigation and implementation – all the elements you need to convert your high-water-use turf to a beautiful, water-efficient landscape. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or plan to hire a contractor, you will receive an introduction to the knowledge, skills and resources needed to create a WaterSmart landscape.

Join us on either March 19 or April 9, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operation Center located at 1233 Vernon Way in El Cajon.

These workshops are offered in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. Don’t wait, because these events fill quickly.


March 19 Workshop – REGISTER TODAY!

April 9 Workshop – REGISTER TODAY!

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