Create a video and win a scholarship

Create a video and win a scholarship

High school and college students, create a video for Districts Make the Difference 2018 Student Video Contest. Submit a 60-second video by September 30 showing how special districts make a difference in your community for a chance to win up to $2,000 in scholarships!

For over 100 years, local service agencies known as special districts have kept our lights on and our water flowing, and provided access to a multitude of services that enhance our communities, from fire protection to parks and recreation.

California’s special districts are much more than local service providers. These local agencies are created by local residents to meet their community’s needs in the most efficient and effective manner.

The contest rules and application are available at You’ll also find the winning videos from last year’s contest — watch them and brainstorm ideas for your video.

Submit your video to between August 27, 2018 and September 30, 2018.

Contest Awards:

  • First Place- $2,000 Scholarship
  • Second  Place- $1,000 Scholarship
  • Third Place- $500 Scholarship

Not Familiar with Special Districts?

Go to www.DistrictsMaketheDifference.orgto learn more! There are resources to explain special districts and the important work they do throughout California. The California Special Districts Association also maintains a map to help you find the special districts in your area.


Support The Garden: eat at Rubio’s on Sept 7

Support The Garden: eat at Rubio’s on Sept 7

Don’t miss the Water Conservation Garden’s upcoming fundraiser — eat at Rubio’s on Friday evening, September 7, and 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to The Garden!

Friday, September 7, 4-8 p.m.

Rubio’s at 2959 Jamacha Road in Rancho San Diego

Download, print and present this flyer: Rubios Sept 7 Fundraising Flyer
There are two flyers per page — share one with a friend!


How to help stressed plants survive summer

How to help stressed plants survive summer

Plants and trees need one thing to survive the summer heat: water.

This easy reading article, written by landscape designer and certified nursery professional Jan Nelson, explains what happens to plants and trees when it’s too hot outside, and exactly how much water they need. Nelson also provides a list of California native plants and other drought-tolerant plants your plants that can handle the heat — plants you may want to add to your landscape this fall.

Read this article from the Press Banner 

12 plants that can protect a home from wildfire

12 plants that can protect a home from wildfire

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What plants you choose, where you plant them and how you maintain them can help minimize risk as part of a larger fire-safety strategy for your home and landscape. While there’s no entirely fireproof plant, plants with a high water content that are slow to ignite can help slow the spread of fire through a landscape.

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How to monitor your water use

How to monitor your water use

Helix customers use, on average, 21 units of water every two months. If you have a landscape, you probably use more than that in summer, and less in winter. Interested in how your own water use compares?

Calculating how much water you use is easy to do when you learn how to read your water meter, and our video shows you how. Calculate your daily water use by reading your meter early in the morning and again that night. Or calculate how much water your irrigation system uses by reading your meter before and after it runs.

Now that you know how to read your water meter, you can also use it to check for leaks. Turn off all water in your home and on your property and then check your water meter. If no water is on and the red sweep hand is moving, or the small low flow indicator to the left of the center of the dial is spinning, it could indicate a leak.

Now comes the challenge — finding and fixing the leak. It could be a toilet, the irrigation system or the swimming pool. We tell you how to check for these types of leaks on our website.

Go to our do-it-yourself projects page at

Reserve your spots: Helix Water Talks on October 6

Reserve your spots: Helix Water Talks on October 6

The next Helix Water Talks event — on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at our Nat L. Eggert Operations Center in El Cajon — will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how our field operations crews maintain the vast water distribution system that delivers water from our treatment plant in Lakeside to 275,000 people in El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley.


8:30-9:00 a.m.
Coffee and refreshments

9:00-9:20 a.m.

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Walking tour, presentations and demonstrations on:

  • Repairing water mains
  • Installing water service lines and water meters
  • Water meter accuracy
  • Helix’s water meter maintenance and replacement program
  • How customers can detect low-flow leaks
  • How we maintain multiple generations of infrastructure
  • The role of design and construction standards
  • Emergency preparedness
  • And more…

11:00-11:30 a.m.
Questions and answers

We encourage you to reserve your spots on the tour (up to four) as soon as you can, because our past Water Talks filled up fast. We look forward to meeting you.