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
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center
1233 Vernon Way in El Cajon
Coffee and donuts
Welcome and tour of Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center in El Cajon
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.
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.
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!
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