Lake Jennings on News 8

Lake Jennings on News 8

News 8’s Ashley Jacobs did a live, early morning segment yesterday with Helix’s Lake Recreation Manager Kira Haley on Lake Jennings, our tipis and the joys of camping, including cinnamon rolls baked over the fire in a cast-iron skillet.

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Reserve Your Seats for Saturday’s Workshop

Reserve Your Seats for Saturday’s Workshop

Learn how to transform your yard into a beautiful, water-saving landscape at our FREE, 3-hour WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop this Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Taught by a local landscape expert, this 3-hour workshop will teach you:
  • How to convert your turf area to a water efficient landscape
  • How to select plants that will thrive in our Mediterranean climate
  • How to analyze your yard, identify soil, remove turf & irrigate efficiently
  • How to create a professional landscape — planting & irrigation designs ready for installation!
May 20-26 is National Public Works Week

May 20-26 is National Public Works Week

From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters, public works services determine society’s quality of life.
May 20-26, 2018 is National Public Works Week, a reminder to recognize the public works professionals responsible for the construction, operations and maintenance of the critical infrastructure we all rely on every day.

We would like to say “Thank You” to all the men and women who put safe water at our fingertips, keep us warm, light our homes, manage our waste and get us where we’re going, including the public works staff at the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon, and, especially, all of the professionals right here at Helix Water District.

Photo: Helix Field Operations Staff

WHAT WE DO

The numbers below show a glimpse of what we accomplished in Fiscal Year 2016-17. It gives you an idea of what we do at Helix Water District each day.

14,433

Feet of pipeline
removed

18,920

Feet of pipeline
installed

37

Service laterals installed

87

Service laterals
replaced

16,903

Valves
in System

7,482

Valves
exercised

125

Specialty valves
maintained

6,442

Hydrants
In System

3,075

Hydrants Maintained

70

Hydrants
Repaired

56,498

Meters
in System

2,703

3/4″ – 2″ meters
replaced

427

Meter maintenance
jobs

274,526

population
served

250+

Customer
conversations
per day

1,118

Customer service
field dispatches

138

Water
Conservation
Audits

Tomorrow is Customer Appreciation Day

Tomorrow is Customer Appreciation Day

The Water Conservation Garden has invited all Helix Water District customers to Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to say “Thank you for supporting The Garden”.

The event is FREE, parking is FREE and Kona Ice will be keeping it cool with FREE Hawaiian Shave Ice, which begins as a snow cone but tastes like a Hawaiian vacation when the sweet cream and fresh fruit are added (one free shave ice per person while supplies last).

There will be kids’ activities and Ms. Smarty Plants, Butterfly Encounters and Tortoise Talk, and homeowners can learn how to “Toss the Turf”, discover drought-tolerant plants, get landscaping advice and tour The Garden’s five acres for landscaping inspiration.

Is The Garden a good place to spend a Saturday morning? Yeah it is. In our customer survey last fall, you all rated The Water Conservation Garden as your favorite conservation program. And, 57 percent of our customers who visited or took a class at The Garden went home and applied what they learned in their own landscapes. That’s big! Helix will be at the event on Saturday to answer your irrigation and landscaping questions.

The Water Conservation Garden is located on the Cuyamaca College campus in El Cajon. It’s just off Jamacha at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West. For more information, go to thegarden.org.

Will Congress ban Delta tunnels lawsuits?

Will Congress ban Delta tunnels lawsuits?

On April 10, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors voted to spend $10.8 billion for the construction of two tunnels to transport water under the Sacramento River Delta. This week, Congressman Ken Calvert of Riverside County inserted language into a federal spending bill that would prohibit any and all state or federal lawsuits against the project.

Read the Sacramento Bee Story

Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 19

Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 19

The Water Conservation Garden has invited all Helix Water District customers to Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to say “Thank you for supporting The Garden”.
The event is FREE, parking is FREE and Kona Ice will be keeping it cool with FREE Hawaiian Shave Ice, which begins as a snow cone but tastes like a Hawaiian vacation when the sweet cream and fresh fruit are added (one free shave ice per person while supplies last).

There will be kids’ activities and Ms. Smarty Plants, Butterfly Encounters and Tortoise Talk, and homeowners can learn how to “Toss the Turf”, discover drought-tolerant plants, get landscaping advice and tour The Garden’s five acres for landscaping inspiration.

Is The Garden a good place to spend a Saturday morning? Yeah it is. In our customer survey last fall, you all rated The Water Conservation Garden as your favorite conservation program. And, 57 percent of our customers who visited or took a class at The Garden went home and applied what they learned in their own landscapes. That’s big! Helix will be at the event on Saturday to answer your irrigation and landscaping questions.

The Water Conservation Garden is located on the Cuyamaca College campus in El Cajon. It’s just off Jamacha at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West. For more information, go to thegarden.org.

 

Colorado River Basin Snowpack 43% of Average

Colorado River Basin Snowpack 43% of Average

The outlook for the most important river in the Southwestern U.S. remains grim this summer after April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Colorado River is expected to carry only 43 percent of the average amount of water into Lake Powell, one of two huge reservoirs that store and distribute the river.

Read the Colorado Public Radio Story

May 15 Snowpack 
Upper Colorado River Basin
May 6-12 is Drinking Water Week

May 6-12 is Drinking Water Week

You probably don’t even have Drinking Water Week on your calendar. But, for the American Water Works Association, Drinking Water Week is right up there with our other holidays, a time for us to come together and celebrate the things that really matter – like water.

 5 Reasons to Celebrate Your Tap Water

#1

Your tap water is regulated and monitored to ensure its quality

We take over 200 tests per day at our treatment plant and use dozens of continuous monitoring devices. And we test more than 150 field samples per week to ensure that the water in our pipes maintains its quality all the way to your faucet. Quality is our highest concern.

#2

Your tap water costs a tiny fraction of what it costs to buy your own

Your Helix tap water costs a penny a gallon, and that includes the base charge. Now go to the store. The single-use plastic bottles cost 100 times more, and the fill-your-own-container vending machine costs 20 to 50 times more.  That’s why you should fill and refill your own water bottle – with tap water.

#3

Your tap water is efficient

At 8.34 pounds per gallon, water is just about the heaviest commodity to move, and we deliver millions of gallons of it every day – through the 728 miles of pipe in our water distribution system, which your water bills help maintain.  Imagine, for a second, if we delivered it in trucks. How much would that water cost? How much energy would it take? How would our roads handle the traffic, and how would you handle the congestion? Tap water is as efficient as it gets.

#4

Your tap water is reliable

Need water? You got it. At your fingertips. Just turn on the faucet. That’s our product, our service and our promise.

#5

Your tap water has never been better than it is now

Like the electronic device you are reading this on, technology is only getting better, faster, and smarter. As technology improves, so does water treatment, water quality monitoring and the reliability of our distribution system. We’re not in to drones and driverless cars – just the best water we can possibly provide.