Come to Our Nov. 7 Landscape Design Workshop

Come to Our Nov. 7 Landscape Design Workshop

Learn how to transform your yard into a beautiful, water-saving landscape at our FREE, 3-hour WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop on Wednesday, November 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This is the first time we have offered this popular workshop on a weeknight — for everyone who can’t come on a Saturday morning!  This workshop is filling up, so click on the link below today to reserve your seats.
Why is this workshop so popular? Because it’s taught by a local landscape expert, with an easy-to-follow teaching style and a solid understanding of what works and what doesn’t in east county. You’ll learn:
  • How to plan and design your landscape
  • How to remove your turf
  • How to select water efficient plants
  • How to irrigate efficiently 
  • How to harvest rainwater for irrigation
  • How to install your new landscape

Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center
1233 Vernon Way in El Cajon


Lake Jennings featured on NBC

Lake Jennings featured on NBC

From NBC —

An uncommon partnership has turned struggle into success in Lakeside.

The 3 billion-gallon Lake Jennings Reservoir in East County, managed by the Helix Water District, is now a popular fishing and camping destination.

That hasn’t always been the case.

Several years ago, the lake’s recreational campground was losing money and the district considered shutting it down.

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$25 Rain Barrels – Reserve Yours by Oct. 28

$25 Rain Barrels – Reserve Yours by Oct. 28

The County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program and Solana Center for Environmental Innovation have teamed up to offer discounted rain barrels. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water, prevent pollution runoff, and can help lower your water bill.

Place Your Order by October 28
This is a first come, first served offer — reserve your rain barrel by October 28 at

SoCal Water Smart Rebate
Everyone who purchases a rain barrel is eligible for a $35 rebate (limit 2 rebates per household). Restrictions apply. Visit for details and to determine your eligibility.

Please note, to qualify for the SoCal Water Smart Rebate, the customer information you enter for the rain barrel purchase needs to match the name and address on your water bill.

San Diego County Unincorporated Residents Discount
For residents in unincorporated areas, San Diego County is offering an additional $30 discount (up to 2 per household) for the first 200 rain barrels sold! No discount code needed.

Go to Rain Water Solutions for more information

Nov. 3 — Autumn Fest & Plant Sale

Nov. 3 — Autumn Fest & Plant Sale

The Water Conservation Garden’s annual Autumn Fest & Plant Sale is Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to thousands of plants at once-a-year prices, the event includes:

  • Live entertainment
  • Craft vendors
  • Food Trucks
  • Plant sales
  • Kids activities
  • Workshops
  • “Ask the Designer” landscape consultations
  • Advice from partner water agencies

Reservations are recommended for The “Ask the Designer” consultations — call 619-660-0614 ext. 10 to reserve a time. These consultations are extremely popular, especially in early.November, when east county homeowners are designing and installing water efficient landscapes and edible gardens for the first time.

Adults & Kids 12 and Over   $5
Kids 3-11.  $3
Garden Members & Kids 2 and Under.  FREE

The Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West’
El Cajon, CA 92019



Helix Helps at La Mesa Park Appreciation Day

Helix Helps at La Mesa Park Appreciation Day

Saturday, October 13, was La Mesa Park Appreciation Day and the City of La Mesa welcomed volunteers to pitch in and spruce up 14 parks throughout the city. Helix Helps was at Harry Griffen Park, which sits on top of Grossmont Reservoir, Helix’s 30 million gallon reservoir tank.
Our Helix Helps program provides opportunities for our employees to volunteer for community service. On Saturday, 19 Helix employees and their families and friends raked park trails, redefined the path behind the amphitheater, painted picnic tables and painted the leading edges of steps yellow to make the amphitheater and the stairs to the restroom safer for park visitors.

Anne Solano and our City of La Mesa host

Jennifer Bryant, Lauren, Evelyn and Alexa

Tim Gray and Leann

Bill Lemke and Michael Gutierrez

Sandy Gutkowski and Jasper

Kira Haley

Tim Ross and kids

Jeff MacMaster, Lindsay, Dominic and Dyllon

Karah Kingsbury

Michelle Curtis, Andy and Tyler

Water needs a new generation of professionals

Water needs a new generation of professionals

October 6-14, 2018 is California’s second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, and Helix is launching the week with our Helix Water Talks event on October 6 at the district’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center in El Cajon.

Helix Water Talks events offer behind-the-scenes, employee-led tours of Helix’s facilities. On October 6, registered customers will meet and learn from our operations staff how we maintain over 730 miles of pipeline and all of the attached pumps, tanks, valves, hydrants and meters.

“Helix is responsible for the safety, quality and reliability of the tap water in the communities we serve. This event is focused on what we do to assure water reliability,” said Helix Operations Director Kevin Miller.

The event kicks off California’s second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, which runs October 6-14 and was established in 2017 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and sponsored by a coalition of water associations led by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) that includes WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and the California Water Association.

Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in California’s water industry, and 30-50 percent of these people will reach retirement age through 2030. “The job opportunities will be there,” said Miller, “and the water industry offers a wide variety of careers in operations, engineering, biology, finance, communications, IT and many more types of positions.”

Learn How Water Agencies are Developing a New Generation of Workers

Learn About the Water Technology Program at Cuyamaca College