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...

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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...

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Egg hunt and more April 8th at Lake Jennings

Photo: Could it be? We only allow hunting at Lake Jennings once a year -- for eggs! Bring your kids to Spring Carnival at Lake Jennings on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Hunt for 2,000 hidden eggs Fish the Kids Pond (children under 10) Fish Lake Jennings...

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Can California’s dams adapt?

Photo: the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam last week (source: yahoo.com) California's State Water Project collects snowmelt from the Northern Sierra in Lake Oroville and moves the water in aqueducts to Central California farms and Southern California cities. The...

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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...

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Free lead testing available to schools

K-12 schools in California can receive free testing for lead under new guidelines announced today by the State Water Resources Control Board. Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already requires public water systems to test...

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State extends emergency drought regulations

Photo: Stranded car in floodwaters near San Rafael, California (source: abc7news.com) The State Water Resources Control Board voted Wednesday to extend emergency drought regulations for another 270 days. "This is an emergency?" asked State Senator Jim Nielsen. "It's...

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High school video contest 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...

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Feb 16th: Helix Flume Trail grand opening

Photo: San Diego County Parks and Recreation The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Helix Water District and the San Diego River Conservancy, is opening a new 0.8-mile stretch of trail from the old El Monte Pump Station on El...

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What we know now about atmospheric rivers

Our biggest storms are hurricane-scale storms. And there’s no place other than the hurricane belt that you get storms this big. So really, when we have a big, bad storm here, there’s no reason to apologize. Our big, bad storms are as bad as anyone else’s. The...

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50+ customers participate in Helix Water Talks

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...

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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...

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Helix seeking applications for vacant board seat

Helix Water District’s board of directors voted unanimously at their January 11, 2017 meeting to consider candidates for appointment to the Division 1 board seat left vacant by the resignation of Luis Tejeda. The candidate appointed by the Board will represent Helix’s Division 1

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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?

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Newly elected Helix board member resigns

Newly elected Helix Water District Director Luis Tejeda resigned from the board effective December 30, 2016, saying new business opportunities could present a conflict of interest in his role as a board member. Tejeda announced his resignation in an email to Board...

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Carlsbad desalination plant turns one

When the nation's largest seawater desalination plant started commercial production last December, it was a historic victory for San Diego County and an entire drought-weary state. One year later, the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant has produced nearly...

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Pay your water 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...

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How California got a water bill through Congress

The new water bill now awaiting President Obama's signature provides millions of federal dollars for water storage, desalination, water recycling and habitat projects in California. When the Senate approved the bill on Saturday, it marked the end of a three year...

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Helix welcomes new board members

This week, newly-elected directors Mark Gracyk and Luis Tejeda assumed their seats behind the dais for Wednesday’s regular Helix Water District board meeting. Gracyk takes the seat formerly held by Chuck Muse to represent customers residing in Helix’s Division 3...

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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...

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Can investors save California’s forests?

A hundred years ago, we stopped letting forest fires burn out naturally. What we have now throughout much of the West are forests that would benefit from thinning -- reducing the number of trees. If we actually did this, it could increase our water supply and...

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Thanksgiving wishes from us to you

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving that is full of warmth, hope and happiness.  We are grateful to be a part of the communities we serve.  Happy Thanksgiving from the Helix Water District Staff and Board of Directors.

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Helix collecting toys for tots

Helix Water District is proudly participating again this holiday season in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, collecting donated toys up to the Wednesday, December 14th deadline. On Christmas, Marine Corps coordinators will work with local churches and social...

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5 reasons to go camping at Lake Jennings

Helix's campground at Lake Jennings has been sold out every weekend since March -- and now we have tipis and kayaks!  Here are five good reasons to go camping and see for yourself what the buzz is about. 1. Lake Jennings is close enough to get there after work, but...

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Helix’s school programs: teaching kids about water

It’s hard to say which one is more fun: a school assembly with Ms. Smarty Plants from The Water Conservation Garden, which is equal parts jokes and singing along, or a tour of Helix’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant, which is an opportunity to see chemistry,...

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Discounted rain barrels now available

Save water this winter by installing a rain barrel – and save money by taking advantage of discounts and rebates that reduce the final cost of each rain barrel to $15 before tax. The San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies, including Helix, have...

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Helix’s new Video Tips Series

“My water usage has really increased since my last bill and I am not sure why or what to do. Can you help?” This is a common question from our customers who are looking to reduce their water use.   And the answer is, yes, we can help! Today the Helix Water District...

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Climate change is water change

A key lesson from climate physics and one well evident in the models is that climate change is water change. The two are inextricably linked. Colorado River Research Group In October, the Colorado River Research Group (CRRG) published a new paper, Climate Change and...

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