Helix Helps Lemon Grove

Helix Helps Lemon Grove

This past Saturday, April 22, 2017, Helix Water District joined the City of Lemon Grove at their Earth Day Community Clean-up Event.

Under the “Helix Helps” program, over 25 Helix employees, families and friends volunteered their Saturday morning to support one of the many communities that the district serves.

This event gathered over 100 other Earth Day volunteers to help keep Lemon Grove beautiful by removing litter and other debris that had accumulated along streets and other public areas.

“This is just another way that we can serve the communities in the district’s service area. We were glad that we could lend a helping hand,” said Carlos Lugo, General Manager of Helix Water District.

With the launch of “Helix Helps,” we look forward to continue volunteering alongside our customers. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified of future events.

Top: Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez with Helix employees.  Below: Lemon Grove Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Mendoza with Helix employees.

High school photo contest winners honored

High school photo contest winners honored

Helix Water District announced the winners of its annual high school photo contest today at a regular meeting of the agency’s board of directors.

Thirteen students and their work were honored with first, second and third places in color and black & white categories, as well as a title of best-in-show.

Zahra Nazeri

First Place
Anthony Moreno, Color
Mohammed Jiyad, Black & White

Second Place
Michelle Bristol, Color
Austin Finch, Black & White

Third Place
Gonzalo Leon Garcia, Color
Destiny Kassab, Black & White

Honorable Mention (Color)
Stephanie Szumilas
Gonzalo Leon Garcia
Kawther Fadhil
Eduardo Silva
Chrestina Polus
Erik Jared Martinez

Honorable Mention (Black & White)
Angel Ramirez

Students got $250 for best in show, $200 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for honorable mention. All winners received a certificate, ribbon and 16-gigabyte flash drive.

Celebrating its 15th year, the competition was created to bring awareness to water issues in East County.

All high schools within the Helix service area were eligible to participate. This year, 96 photos were submitted from four high schools: El Cajon Valley, El Capitan, Grossmont and Mount Miguel.

This summer, winners and several additional entries will be on display in a rotating exhibit in the district’s administration building lobby at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.


Enter the Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Enter the Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Do you love the great outdoors? Do you have a digital SLR or cellphone camera?  If so, come out and compete in this year’s Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.

Shooting window is from March to the end of May and contest participants can get a free day pass to explore the reservoir to seek, find and capture eye-catching images.

Competition sponsor Helix Water District makes 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes available in each of two divisions, adult and youth.

This is a purely digital competition with a requirement for entries (no more than three per photographer) to be emailed to the competition coordinator by midnight Wednesday, May 31.

The complete set of rules and entry and model release forms can be downloaded from http://lakejennings.org/photocontest/

Last year’s competition garnered 52 entries from 21 photographers.  In addition to the top prizes, judges awarded seven honorable mentions.  Winning pictures from the 2016 contest were posted to the Lake Jennings Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LakeJennings)

Previously known as the Lake Jennings Month-of-March Photo Contest, the competition was renamed and its shooting timeframe expanded to include March, April and May to allow shutterbugs a greater amount of time to capture imagery.

Tour our Water Treatment Plant

Tour our Water Treatment Plant

Want to see Helix’s water treatment process — how we produce the safe, high quality drinking water we deliver to your home? Reserve your spot on a tour of the R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:30am.

You’ll see each step of the treatment process, from the control room to the chemistry lab to the ozonation facility. The tour is the next session of Helix Water Talks, our new series tours and 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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

9550 Lake Jennings Park Road in Lakeside Map

Have a cup of coffee and meet the staff.

Tour the plant. Wear comfortable shoes!

Have more questions? Let’s discuss them.

Reserve up to two spots on the tour at hwd.com/events/helix-water-talks/.
Scroll down to Bookings and complete the reservation form.

Thank you East County!

Thank you East County!

Helix’s Lake Jennings was voted Best Fishing and Best Camping in the East County Californian’s Best of East County Readers Poll 2016.

The weekly newspaper conducts the poll each year with its readers —  71,000 East County residents – and released the results this month. Lake Jennings was voted top fishing and camping destination last year, as well. “I’d like to repeat this every year,” said Kira Haley, Helix’s Lake Recreation Manager.

“We’ve been working hard to improve the whole experience that you have when you come to Lake Jennings,” said Haley. “The East County Californian’s Readers Poll tells me we’re focusing on the right things and making a difference. And it’s nice to be appreciated.”

Lake Jennings was also recognized this month by the East County Chamber of Commerce. The organization recognized Helix with a Business of the Year Award in the entertainment and recreation category for the district’s operation of Lake Jennings.  The chamber recognizes businesses for their accomplishments and for the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made on our community.

Lake Jennings is known as one of the most scenic parks in all of San Diego County. It is a welcoming recreation destination located in Lakeside, California offering fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking activities.  If you have not visited the lake to experience all it has to offer, grab your fishing pole, tent, a camera and your hiking boots and come visit the lake today!



The Helix Flume Trail is open for hiking

The Helix Flume Trail is open for hiking

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Helix Board President Joel Scalzitti cut the ribbon on February 16th, marking the grand opening of the Helix Flume Trail, a public trail that zig zags up the hillside from the old El Monte Pump Station. The county trail features interpretive signs that explain how the trail got its name — it follows the route of the old redwood flume that delivered water at the beginning of the 20th century from Lake Cuyamaca to La Mesa.

Want to hike the trail in under two minutes? Watch the county’s virtual hike video.

Driving directions to this newly opened stretch of the Helix Flume Trail

  • Take I-8 East
  • Take Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn right at 4-way stop on to El Monte Road
  • Trailhead is .6 miles ahead on the right, at the old El Monte Pump Station

Driving directions to the previously opened stretch of the Helix Flume Trail

  • Take I-8 East
  • Take Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn right at 4-way stop on to El Monte Road
  • Trailhead is 4.1 miles ahead on the right, at El Monte County Park

Read San Diego County’s Helix Flume Trail Fact Sheet

Scholarship applications due March 1

Scholarship applications due March 1

Helix’s scholarship application period for high school seniors is coming to a close on March 1. There are just two weeks left to submit an application for the Dr. Lillian M. Childs Scholarship and the Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship, which are offered by Helix Water District each year. Each of the scholarships is worth $1,000.  Click on the link at the end of this article for an application.

To be eligible, seniors must graduate this spring and attend a four-year college or university next fall. Applicants must also live in Helix’s service area, which includes the cities of Lemon Grove, La Mesa and El Cajon, the community of Spring Valley, and unincorporated areas of the county.

Completed applications must by received by Helix Water District by Wednesday, March 1st at 5:00pm. Students can mail their applications to, or drop them off at, our Administration Office at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.

Helix Water District Application 2017

2016-17 Scholarships Flyer

High school video entries due April 1

High school video entries due April 1

Create a one to two minute video showing the public “what’s so special about special districts” and you could win the 2017 High School Student Video Contest sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).

The objective of the contest is for high school students to create four public service announcements for CSDA that raise awareness about special districts and the services they provide in San Diego County. The association will award $1,000 to the student and $500 to their school for each of the winning videos.

Go to http://sandiegocsda.weebly.com/ for the contest flyer, rules, judging criteria and contest application. Entries are due by April 1, 2017 and you must attend a high school in San Diego County to enter. Winners are announced in May.

50+ customers come to first Helix Water Talk

50+ customers come to first Helix Water Talk

More than 50 customers spent the morning at Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center learning about the district’s water distribution during Saturday’s launch of the district’s Water Talks series.

Customers enjoyed a 45-minute tour of the operations center where they had a chance to see and learn about the facilities, equipment, technology and staff that keep the district running efficiently. The tour was followed by a short presentation providing an overview of Helix’s $1.5 billion infrastructure to safely and reliably deliver water to customer homes, and of the rigorous maintenance program designed to keep that water flowing 24/7, 365 days per year.

The walking tour was great.  I was really blown away at by how organized everything was.  Everyone is very professional and seem to be very dedicated to doing the job to their best ability.  Proud to be a customer of Helix water!


“The Water Talks series was developed to create an opportunity for our customers to get to know us better. To create another open, transparent forum that provides visibility into the breadth and complexity of the system that we operate,” noted Helix general manager, Carlos Lugo.

Have a suggestion regarding what our next Water Talks topic or tour should be?  Send us an email at helix@helixwater.org.  Our next session is scheduled for April 2017.  More details to come!

Saturday, February 11th is Kids Day at Lake Jennings

Saturday, February 11th is Kids Day at Lake Jennings

Lake Jennings is hosting its annual Kid’s Day on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

  • Kids under 10 years old fish free for the day!
  • Kids under 10 years old can also catch one fish out of the fully stocked Kids Pond.
  • We’re stocking Lake Jennings with 1,700 pounds of Rainbow trout.

Reserve a tipi or site in our campground and make a weekend out of it. You can also rent kayaks and boats. To make a reservation, call 619-390-1623 or visit our website. Book early to make sure you get a spot, Kids Day is one of our most anticipated events of the year.

For more information go to http://lakejennings.org/
For campground reservations go to http://camping.lakejennings.org/

Lake Jennings on CBS8 News

Lake Jennings on CBS8 News

Jeff Zevely of CBS8 News dropped by Lake Jennings on Friday to kayak and tour the new tipis. Then he saw the bald eagle. The photo below shows two of the bald eagles at the lake. Are they nesting? One of our local experts contacted us to say “no”, that the photo is of a young eagle and its parent on a nest built by a Great Blue Heron. But Lake Jennings staff have seen the eagles adding new sticks to the nest. We’ll update this story as it progresses.

Watch Jeff Zevely’s story on CBS8 News

Pay your bill anytime, anywhere

Pay your bill anytime, anywhere

Accessing and paying your water bill just got more convenient. View your current and past water bills online and make a one-time payment with no registration required. Or, if you prefer, you can create an account to manage your bills, view past payments and schedule future payments all in one place.

On the go? Sign up and we’ll send you a reminder via text message when your payment is due. You can now also make your payment by text. Or, pay by phone at (855) 276-8053.

You can pay with an electronic check (eCheck) from your bank account for free, with no limit on transaction amount. Or, you may pay your bill with a credit or debit card for a $3.95 transaction fee charged by Invoice Cloud, our service provider. Credit and debit cards charges have a $500 per transaction limit.

After making your payment, you can choose to print a copy of your receipt or have it automatically delivered to your email inbox. It’s fast, easy and secure.

Visit hwd.com/pay-bill to explore our improved online services and payment options today!

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