Who We Are

Helix is a special district—a not-for-profit, local government agency — formed to provide water for the cities of La Mesa, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, the community of Spring Valley and areas within the City of Santee, Lakeside and San Diego County.  We serve 270,375 people through over 56,000 metered accounts.

Helix Fact Sheet

About Special Districts

A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a specific set of services and most, including Helix, are governed by Board members elected from their communities. Examples include water, irrigation, sanitation, fire protection and parks and recreation districts. Special districts are defined almost exclusively by their performance, and one reason they are effective service providers is that they are held to high standards of accountability and transparency.

Helix’s Authorizing Statute
Formed in 1913, Helix Water District became an operating entity in 1926 under the Irrigation District Law of California, Water Code sections 20500 et seq.  In 1972, the legislature authorized, through Water Code Section 20980.6, the district to change the name from “Helix Irrigation District” to “Helix Water District.”

Our History

Board Accountability

Open Meetings

The Ralph M. Brown Act requires that Board meetings are open and the public are permitted to attend.

Meetings Calendar

Full Disclosure

The Fair Political Practices Commission requires Board members to file a Statement of Economic Interest annually, reporting any gifts or monies received.

Key Documents

Ethics Training

Assembly Bill 1234 requires Board members to attend ethics training upon election or appointment, and re-certify every two years.

Financial Accountability

Public Review

Special districts are required to report each year their financial transactions and employee and Board member compensation to the State Controller’s Office. The information is available for public review.

Special District Financial Transaction Reports

Special District Compensation

Audits

California state law requires special districts to submit to regular audits performed by a certified public accountant to ensure public funds are properly managed. The audits are public documents filed with State Controller’s Office and the County Controller.

Management Accountability

Full Disclosure

The Fair Political Practices Commission requires special district employees to file a Statement of Economic Interest annually, reporting any gifts or monies received.

Public Records

The California Public Records Act gives the public the right to request and access information in possession of public agencies.

Key Documents

Our History

1885

The San Diego Flume Company built Cuyamaca Dam and began work on 33.5 miles of wooden flume to transport water to San Diego. The flume delivers water for the first time in 1889.

1910

Ed Fletcher and James Murray buy the San Diego Flume Company and rename it the Cuyamaca Water Company.

1912

East County residents, farmers and growers unite to form the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District and find their own source of water.

1926

The La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District assumes ownership of the Cuyamaca Water Company.

1940

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California completes the Colorado River Aqueduct.

1941

San Diego representatives lobby Congress for funds to connect San Diego County to Colorado River water.

1944

The San Diego County Water Authority is formed to administer the region’s Colorado River water rights and the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District is a charter member.

1954

El Cajon Valley Irrigation District joins the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District.

1956

The La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District is renamed Helix Irrigation District.

1962

Chet Harritt Dam is completed in Lakeside and Lake Jennings begins to fill.

1965

R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant is completed and Lake Jennings opens for fishing.

1968

Construction of new pipeline brings treated water to Helix’s entire service area for the first time.

1973

California’s Legislature approves a new name: Helix Water District.

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