Deadline to Enter our Poster and Scholarship Contests Approaching

Deadline to Enter our Poster and Scholarship Contests Approaching

The deadline to enter two of Helix’s annual contests are approaching:

2019 Water is Life Poster Contest

Entries are due by Friday, March 15, 2019

The Water is Life Poster Contest is open to grades K-6 — to all schools located, or students living, within Helix Water District service boundaries. Our service area includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon and parts of Lakeside.

The goal of the annual contest is to bring Water Awareness Month to the attention of students. Posters should depict water being used wisely at home or at school or in industry, agriculture, the environment, recreation, outdoor water conservation, or in the use of native plants, and all posters should include a short water conservation message.

See the contest flyer below for more details.

Poster Contest Flyer 2019

2019 Helix Scholarships Contest

Entries are due by Thursday, February 28, 2019

Our scholarship contest is for high school seniors who will graduate in spring 2019 and attend a four-year college or university in fall 2019.  Our Lillian M. Childs Scholarship and Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship are each worth $1,000 and applications are due by February 28, 2019. See the flyer and application form below.

2019 Helix Water District Scholarships Flyer

Helix Water District 2019 Scholarship Application

High School Video Contest Offering $1,500 First Prize

High School Video Contest Offering $1,500 First Prize

Create a one to two minute video answering the question, “What’s so special about special districts?” and you could win the 2019 High School Student Video Contest sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).

The objective of the contest is for high school students to create four public service announcements for CSDA that raise awareness about special districts and the services they provide in San Diego County. Do the whole project — shooting and editing — on your smartphone. Or use a drone! And take advantage of all the free tutorials and tips on video production on the web.

The best place to begin learning about California’s special districts and what they do (Helix is a special district!) is the CSDA San Diego Chapter website.  And, if you’re wondering whether you should enter, take note — the winner of last year’s San Diego County contest, Heath Dunbar of La Costa Canyon High School, went on to win the statewide contest!

PRIZES

$1,500

1st Place

$1,000

2nd Place

$500

3rd Place

$250

To each winner’s school

DEADLINE TO ENTER

Entries are due by April 1, 2018 and you must attend a high school in San Diego County to enter. Winners are announced in May.

CONTEST FLYER

2019 San Diego Chapter CSDA Video Contest Flyer

 

Photo by Min An from Pexels

Reserve Your Seats for Events at Helix and The Water Conservation Garden

Reserve Your Seats for Events at Helix and The Water Conservation Garden

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January

The Lore of the Kumeyaay
Native Americans have inhabited San Diego County for over 10,000 years. Find out how they lived, their history, and spirituality, with long time student of Kumeyaay culture, Jan Tubiolo.

January 26 @ 10:30 a.m.
The Water Conservation Garden

Learn More and Register

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February

Helix Water Talks: Helix Then and Now
Tour our 3-floor collection of historic photography and learn about the history of east county, Helix and our water supply, and what has changed over the years.

February 2 @ 8:30 a.m.
Helix Administration Office in La Mesa

Learn More and Register

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February

WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop
This free, 3-hour workshop will show you how to have a beautiful landscape that needs a fraction of the water, and a fraction of the maintenance, that a traditional landscape needs. 

February 9 @ 9:00 a.m.
Helix Operations Center in El Cajon

Learn More and Register

Monday is Martin Luther King Day

Monday is Martin Luther King Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,

“What are you doing for others?'”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Helix Water District, we are committed to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, the standard he set and the challenges that remain.

Are you looking for a way to volunteer and make a difference?
Go to http://www.nationalservice.gov

Women’s future careers in water topic of Cuyamaca event

Women’s future careers in water topic of Cuyamaca event

Photo (San Diego Union Tribune) — The new Center for Water Studies at Cuyamaca College includes an above-ground water distribution system that students can operate and repair, and a water quality laboratory. The center is focused on “learning by doing” to improve students’ job-readiness.

Mount Helix resident Kathleen Coates Hedberg is a registered civil engineer, a grade 4 water treatment operator and cross connection specialist.

On the board of directors of the Helix Water District and San Diego County Water Authority, Hedberg knows what it is like to be in a male-dominated field.

“There’s only six of us on the county water board out of about 36 members,” Hedberg said.

She’d like to see a shift in those numbers, and is an advocate for women seeking — and succeeding — in careers in the water and wastewater industries.

Hedberg said this month’s second annual Cuyamaca College Center for Water Studies “Women in Water – Exploring Career Pathways” symposium will provide a good opportunity to turn the tide.

Continue Reading the San Diego Union Tribune Story

Helix Then and Now – February 2, 2019

Helix Then and Now – February 2, 2019

This is our next Helix Water Talks —

Reserve your seats for the next Helix Water Talks on February 2 at our Administration Office in La Mesa. You’ll tour our 3-floor collection of historic photography and learn about the history of east county, Helix and our water supply, and what has changed over the years.

8:30-9:00am
Check-in, coffee and refreshments

9:00-9:15am
Welcome from Carlos Lugo

9:15-10:00am
Presentation on history of east county, Helix and our water supply

10:00-11:30am
Tour our 3-floor collection of historical photography

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Helix Water District wish you happy holidays and all the best in the new year!

Board Elects Officers for 2019

Board Elects Officers for 2019

At tonight’s meeting, Helix’s board of directors unanimously elected Director Dan McMillan to serve as board president in 2019 and Director Mark Gracyk to serve as the board’s vice president.

McMillan was appointed to Helix’s board in 2017 and elected to his seat in 2018. He represents the district’s division 1 customers, most of whom live north of the I-8 freeway in El Cajon. The division extends from Fletcher Hills eastward to Bostonia.

Gracyk was elected to the board in 2016 and represents Helix’s division 3 customers in La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley.

The board thanked outgoing president Kathleen Hedberg for her leadership and commitment to customers in 2018, a year defined by Helix’s investments in infrastructure, energy efficiency and technology. For more information on the district’s investments and performance, read our 2017-18 Annual Report.

The first task for McMillan is determining committee assignments for the year ahead. Helix’s board members represent the district and our customers on the San Diego County Water Authority board; in planning, policy-making and funding decisions on regional and statewide committees; and in lobbying initiatives in Sacramento. McMillan will announce assignments at the board’s January 2, 2019 meeting.

For more information on Helix’s board go to hwd.com/board-of-directors.

Helix launches photo and scholarship contests

Helix launches photo and scholarship contests

Today, we launched our 2019 High School Photo Contest and 2019 Scholarship Contest.

This year’s photo contest challenges high school students to highlight the importance and beauty of water in our everyday lives. We’re looking for photos that show how we use water in our homes and landscapes, in local businesses, for irrigating public spaces, street cleaning and firefighting.

Helix’s photo contest is open to any high school student living or attending school within Helix’s service area, which includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Spring Valley and areas of Lakeside. Entries are due by February 15, 2019 and we are offering a $200 prize to the winner. See the contest guidelines and entry form below.

Our scholarship contest is for high school seniors who will graduate in spring 2019 and attend a four-year college or university in fall 2019.  Our Lillian M. Childs Scholarship and Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship are each worth $1,000 and applications are due by February 28, 2019. See the flyer and application form below.

2019 Helix Water District High School Photo Contest Guidelines

2019 Helix Water District High School Photo Contest Entry and Release Form

2019 Helix Water District Scholarships Flyer

Helix Water District 2019 Scholarship Application

 

Helix Studying Lake Jennings Events Center

Helix Studying Lake Jennings Events Center

At their December 5, 2018 meeting, Helix’s board approved an agreement with Jeff Katz Architecture to study the feasibility of a Lake Jennings event center for hosting community, school and business events. San Diego Union Tribune Reporter Karen Pearlman looked into the event center and published her story today.

Read Karen Pearlman’s Story

Lemon Grove Student Recognized at MWD

Lemon Grove Student Recognized at MWD

Congratulations to Roman Daniel Cruz, a fourth-grader at Monterey Heights Elementary School in Lemon Grove, who was recognized last week at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 30th annual Water Is Life Art Reception and Exhibit. Roman’s poster was one of 36 selected to be featured in MWD’s 2019 Water Is Life calendar.

The Water Is Life poster contest was developed by MWD to showcase student artwork with imaginative messages of water conservation and stewardship. Students in grades K-12 submit artwork through their local water providers each spring. Roman’s poster received first place in Helix Water District’s K-3 category and was forwarded to MWD for consideration in their annual Water Is Life calendar. MWD selects 36 student art pieces for its printed calendar each year, and the calendars are distributed to over 11,000 recipients throughout southern California.

A limited number of calendars featuring Roman’s artwork are available in the lobby at Helix’s administration office located at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. His poster will also be on display in Helix’s lobby later in 2019 as part of MWD’s rotating Student Art Exhibit, which displays student art throughout MWD’s six-county service area over six months.

Photo: Roman Daniel Cruz and his parents at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Helix awards mini-grant for water bottle filling station

Helix awards mini-grant for water bottle filling station

Helix Water District has awarded Warren-Walker School a $250 mini-grant for a water bottle filling station at their La Mesa campus. Helix Board President Kathleen Coates Hedberg presented the mini-grant check to Ryan Carpenter, Campus Dean, on December 10, 2018. Warren Walker School serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Unlike traditional drinking fountains, water bottle filling stations dispense water downwards and can be used to conveniently fill personal water bottles. The fill stations make tap water easily accessible to students and staff, encouraging healthy habits. They are also a sustainable alternative to bottled water.

“We have high-quality water,” said Carlos Lugo, Helix Water District’s general manger. “Drinking tap water costs a small fraction of purchasing bottled water and it reduces trash from plastic bottles.”

As part of its school education program, Helix awards up to three $250 mini-grants each year to schools within its service area for water-related projects or programs. Applications are sent out each fall to all schools within district boundaries.