Explore our water resources on July 25

Explore our water resources on July 25

Join us on this Thursday evening in July for a presentation on Helix’s water supply. We’ll discuss where our water comes from, the history of the large infrastructure projects we still depend on today, the challenges we’re facing now with a changing climate and growing population, and the portfolio approach to water resources management that many consider our best path to sustainability. Enjoy coffee and cookies before and during the presentation and a discussion after.

 

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
7811 University Avenue in La Mesa
Helix Administration Office

 

Itinerary
6:30 p.m.      Hello!
6:40 p.m.      Welcome and introductions
6:50 p.m.      Presentation
7:35 p.m.      Discussion
8:00 p.m.      Good night!

 

Winners of the 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Winners of the 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Helix Water District announced the winners of its 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.

Now in its eighth year, the contest drew 60 entries from throughout the county. This year’s theme was Life at the Lake, and each of the entries highlighted the unique beauty of camping, fishing, hiking, spotting wildlife and enjoying the view at Lake Jennings. The contest was open to photos taken between March 1 and May 31, 2019, at the local reservoir which is located in Lakeside. The following photographers took top honors:

Adult Category:
1st Place – Randy Siegel, Sunrise Over Lake Jennings
2nd Place – Kurt Scherbaum, Great Horned Owl
3rd Place – Frances Schnall, Patience
Honorable Mention – Fred Kropveld, Jennings Scenic 3
Honorable Mention – Wes Van Fleet, Awe and Creation

Youth Category:
1st Place – Ryan Cobain, Rainbow
2nd Place – Cricht Ruediger, Lake Jennings View Scape
3rd Place – Aure Ruediger, Lake Jennings Ducks and Anglers
Honorable Mention – Luke Macy, Silver Linings
Honorable Mention – Jaden Cobain, Rocks

The district will honor the winning photographers at an awards ceremony during its Committee of the Board meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at 3 p.m. at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. The winning photos are also available on Lake Jennings’ Facebook page at facebook.com/LakeJennings.

The Winning Images

Sunrise Over Lake Jennings

Randy Siegel
1st Place / Adult

Great Horned Owl

Kurt Scherbaum
2nd Place / Adult

Patience

Frances Schnall
3rd Place / Adult

Jennings Scenic 3

Fred Kropveld
Honorable Mention / Adult

Awe and Creation

Wes Van Fleet
Honorable Mention / Adult

Rainbow

Ryan Cobain
1st Place / Youth

Lake Jennings View Scape

Cricht Ruediger
2nd Place / Youth

Lake Jennings Ducks and Anglers

Aure Ruediger
3rd Place / Youth

Silver Linings

Luke Macy
Honorable Mention / Youth

Rocks

Jaden Cobain
Honorable Mention / Youth

Our annual Water Quality Report is available

Our annual Water Quality Report is available

Helix Water District’s Water Quality Report for calendar year 2018 is now available at hwd.fyi/wqr2018-english. A Spanish version is available at hwd.fyi/wqr2018-espanol.

The annual water quality report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), contains important information about the source and quality of customers’ drinking water. As in years past, Helix Water District tap water met all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State of California drinking water health standards.

For questions regarding the report, call 619-667-6248 or email wqr@helixwater.org. To have a paper copy of the report mailed to your home, call 619-466-0585.

Explore our water resources on July 25

Explore our water resources on July 25

Join us on this Thursday evening in July for a presentation on Helix’s water supply. We’ll discuss where our water comes from, the history of the large infrastructure projects we still depend on today, the challenges we’re facing now with a changing climate and growing population, and the portfolio approach to water resources management that many consider our best path to sustainability. Enjoy coffee and cookies before and during the presentation and a discussion after.

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
7811 University Avenue in La Mesa
Helix Administration Office

6:30 p.m.      Hello!
6:40 p.m.      Welcome and introductions
6:50 p.m.      Presentation
7:35 p.m.      Discussion
8:00 p.m.      Good night!

Affordable succulent landscapes

Affordable succulent landscapes

We know that most customers who try to save water outdoors do it to save money. We also know when it comes to landscaping projects, grass removal is cheaper than new plant purchases.  To help you along in your water savings projects, we would like to share with you some affordable ways you can use succulents in your new landscaping project.

The secret is through propagation. Propagation involves taking cuttings of a healthy plant to clone new plants and is especially easy to do with succulents.

  1. Cut off one of the stems, offsets, or clusters of the succulent you want to use.
  2. Let the wound from the cut dry for 3-5 days.
  3. Plant in soil.
  4. Water normally.

Once you understand this simple propagation, you can use the cuttings elsewhere in your landscape. This way you don’t have to purchase multiples of the same plant, or in many cases avoid purchasing plants at all!

Know Which Plants to Look For

If you are considering buying plants, know the full size of the species first. This will help you to know how much room they need to grow. Then look for smaller pots of that species since smaller potted plants are cheaper. They may be small at first, but they will grow to full size in no time. You can also look for pots that have more than one plant in them. Look for succulents with offsets, pups or multiple clusters. Each of these groupings can easily be cut to create a new plant.

Look for Vendors Who Sell Cuttings

These are typically much cheaper than what you would pay at a garden store or nursery. The Water Conservation Garden sells cuttings at $5 per bag, which is a great way to get started. In addition, you will have a diverse selection to continue to propagate from.

Use Your Own Cuttings

Succulents can grow quickly and require trimming every now and then. This is a perfect opportunity to create more cuttings and fill in other areas.

Talk With Your Neighbors

Asking a neighbor if they could offer you a succulent cutting is a great way to stay in touch or meet your neighbors. One of the added benefits to this is that they can see their plants growing across the street.

Look for Succulent Swaps or Social Groups

Two groups in the area are the Grossmont- Mt. Helix Improvement Association and the San Diego Succulent Swap. Grossmont- Mt. Helix Improvement Association hosts an annual “Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Succulents” event where neighbors donate cuttings, bulbs and seeds and offer them free to the public. Look for their next event and feel free to donate some cuttings of your own!

Another is the Facebook group SD Succulent Swap, which is full of succulent enthusiasts who share cuttings at various tables all across the county. It is a great way to find succulents and learn other creative landscaping ideas.

Affordable landscaping takes patience and creativity, but in the end, you can have a beautiful water-saving landscape. The best part is that your landscaping improvements can beautify your home and neighborhood.

Stay tuned for other tips and tricks by following our blog at the bottom of this page.

Your guide to the turf rebate

Your guide to the turf rebate

There’s a new turf rebate program in town
The Turf Replacement Program now offers $2 per square foot when you replace existing lawns with sustainable landscaping. If you want to upgrade your landscape and save water, this quick guide will help you claim your rebate money today!

Reserve your rebate, then remove your grass
Before you start your project, submit photos of your grass and your rebate application to receive a rebate reservation. Once you receive a reservation, you have 180 days to complete your project.

What qualifies
Residential and commercial properties are eligible to receive $2 per square foot of grass when replaced with sustainable landscaping.

Grass must be alive and in place before your landscaping project begins. Only planted or permeable areas count towards your rebate. Residential customers are eligible to replace grass areas from 250 square feet up to 5,000 square feet. Commercial properties are eligible for up to 10,000 square feet per year.

This program promotes the best of both worlds: water savings and sustainability. These requirements will help you save water and have a healthy sustainable landscape with benefits beyond water savings.

Soil and Plant Coverage
The program requires you to include a minimum plant coverage of 3 plants per 100 square feet of transformed landscaping – think 3 plants for each 10’x10’ room. In addition, cover all bare soil areas with a 3 inch layer of mulch. Mulch can be wood chips, shredded bark or bark nuggets. You will be glad that you have mulch in your new landscaping since it helps your new landscape retain soil moisture, maintains a tidy appearance, prevents weeds and is inexpensive.
About Hardscapes 
You can include hardscapes in your design, but they will not count towards your rebate. Examples of common hardscapes include artificial turf, turf look-a-likes, impermeable walkways, and patios.

Improve Overhead Sprinklers
Since the sprinklers on your lawn are probably not the most efficient, now is a great time to improve them . Drip irrigation systems are easy to install for your new plants and there are numerous retrofit kits available. You may also install high-efficiency spray heads and claim an additional rebate. See our video to learn how.

Capture Rain Water
Part of the benefits of removing your grass is that you can now capture, slow and sink rainwater for your other plants. There are many ways to do this beyond just rain barrels such as rain gardens, dry streambeds, berms, vegetated swales, rock gardens and grades. Visit the SoCal Water$mart website for more information.

Ready to Get Started?
Start your rebate application today. Go to bewaterwise.com to reserve your funds.

Or, if you are looking for assistance in planning and designing your project, Helix is hosting a FREE four-part landscape makeover series. Class times are 6 – 9 p.m. September 4, 11, 18 and 25. Go to landscapemakover.watersmartsd.org to register or find other open classes across the county.