Helix launches smart leak detector rebate program

Helix launches smart leak detector rebate program

Customers of Helix Water District are now eligible for a $100 rebate when they purchase a qualifying smart leak detector device.

Smart leak detectors allow you to monitor your home’s water use in real time, 24/7. They sync to your smartphone and alert you if there is high consumption or a leak at your property. This can help you manage your daily water use and protect your home from expensive leaks. There are two types of smart leak detectors: plumbed devices and external devices. Learn more about plumbed versus external devices and the rebate program here.

 

It’s easy to apply!

  1. Purchase a qualifying device on or after August 1, 2019.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Submit your application and a copy of your sales receipt to conserve@helixwater.org.

 

Qualifying devices

A qualifying device requires all of the following characteristics:

  1. Automatically records water use at a minimum of five minute intervals;
  2. Automatically alerts or notifies users of unusual water usage including spikes in usage and continual flows; and
  3. Provides customers with a platform to view their water consumption data.

Some devices require tapping into your existing plumbing and may require a licensed plumber for installation, while others simply attach to your water meter.

Examples of models that meet the qualifying device characteristics include:

Plumbed Devices

External Devices

 

DISCLAIMER: Helix Water District does not endorse individual vendors, products or services. Therefore, any reference herein to any vendor or product by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply the endorsement or recommendation of Helix Water District.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed.

 

Helix crew heading to Paradise

Helix crew heading to Paradise

Photo / From left to right: Helix employees John Wilson, Eric Hughes, Dan Baker and Bryan Watte, and Padre Dam workers Jesse Knowles and Austin Darley.

Next week, four operations employees from Helix Water District and two from Padre Dam Municipal Water District will help restore water quality and the water distribution system in Paradise, the northern California town leveled by wildfire in November 2018.

Paradise Irrigation District requested mutual aid through California’s Office of Emergency Services and Helix will be the ninth agency to reach out and help. The six-man crew will leave Helix’s operations center in El Cajon at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, assist the Paradise Irrigation District Monday through Friday, and return on Saturday, August 24.

Read Karen Pearlman’s Story in the San Diego Union Tribune

 

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

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!

5th grade desalination project wins mini-grant

5th grade desalination project wins mini-grant

Helix Water District has awarded Saint John of the Cross Catholic School, located in Lemon Grove, a $250 educational mini-grant for its fifth grade science program. Helix Board of Director Mark Gracyk presented the check to Aurelia Barreto, the teacher who applied for the grant, her fifth-grade class and Principal Greg Krumm at a school assembly on May 28, 2019.

Mrs. Barreto is developing a science module that will introduce her fifth grade students to the limited availability of fresh water and the challenges associated with developing alternative water supplies. Through hand-on activities, students will recreate the water cycle and attempt to desalinate ocean water. The mini-grant will be used to purchase materials for the desalination experiment.

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. Saint John of the Cross Catholic School is located in Lemon Grove and serves students in preschool through middle school.

Helix honors student artists

Helix honors student artists

Helix Water District honored local student artists for their winning Water Is Life posters at an awards ceremony during Helix Water District’s board meeting on May 22, 2019.

Each year, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the Helix’s wholesale water providers, holds a regional poster contest for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to increase student’s awareness about water.

Helix promotes the contest to all K-6 schools within its service area. This year, 220 students from 20 schools submitted posters depicting how to use water wisely. The following students took top honors:

Grade K-3

1st Place

Eden Olivas, Flying Hills Elementary, Grade 2

2nd Place

Sofia Figueroa, Murdock Elementary, Grade 3

3rd Place

Mia Lara, Saint John of the Cross, Grade K

Honorable Mention

Octavio Calderon, Saint John of the Cross, Grade 2

Honorable Mention

Allegra Diller, Saint John of the Cross, Grade 2

Grade 4-6

1st Place

Zoe Miles, Flying Hills Elementary, Grade 6

2nd Place

Karina Rodriguez, Avondale Elementary, Grade 6

3rd Place

Aaron Moreno, Bostonia Language Academy, Grade 4

Honorable Mention

Valeria Ramirez, Saint John of the Cross, Grade 4

Honorable Mention

Irene Tehan-Boren, Flying Hills Elementary, Grade 6

Helix awards scholarships to two outstanding students

Helix awards scholarships to two outstanding students

Last week, Helix awarded our $1,000 Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship to Mount Miguel High School senior Jade Mahaney and our $1,000 Dr. Lillian M. Childs Scholarship to Helix Charter High School senior Jack Hopper.
The district received 27 scholarship applications this year. Applicants must:
Live in Helix’s service area
Attend a university next fall
Have excellent academic standing
Excel in extracurricular activities and community service
Write an essay on how to develop a sustainable water supply
Provide a personal goals statement
Provide letters of recommendation
“Every one of this year’s applicants were outstanding students involved and contributing in a lot of different ways,” said Helix Director Kathleen Coates Hedberg, who headed up the selection committee. “But there was a small group of students who showed real leadership, and it was out of this group that our two 2019 recipients emerged.”
Mahaney started her own after-school program to tutor and mentor low-income and at-risk kids ages 6-17, and then partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to bring students from foster homes into the program. She has led the program from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day for the last six years. She is also the student body president at Mount Miguel High, started a new club at the school to support women students, is in the Spanish club and has been competing in Taekwondo for years.
Mahaney will attend San Jose State University next fall and major in business, with hopes of starting a nonprofit organization to provide college-preparatory and academic resources to low-income students.
Hopper got his start in theater production in middle school and has been volunteering his design and production skills, including writing, directing, lighting, sound engineering and videography since then to his old middle school, Helix Charter High School and various churches. He has developed and refined his skills to a level that he is also working — up to 60 hours a week — for theater and dance company productions as an independent contractor. He is also on Helix Charter High’s speech team, yearbook staff, cross country team, letter society and drama club.
Hopper plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania next fall, major in theater design and production, and begin a successful career in the theater.
The Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship was established upon his retirement in 1998, after serving as Helix’s general manager for 19 years. Friedgen provided the seed money and the board and others contributed additional funding. The Dr. Lillian M. Childs Scholarship was started by the Helix board a year later to honor Ms. Childs upon her retirement and recognize the 20 years of service and leadership she had given to the district.
Both Childs and Friedgen were in the Helix boardroom last week to meet Mahaney and Hopper and wish them well in the years ahead.

PHOTOS / Top: Mount Miguel High School senior and 2019 Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship recipient Jade Mahaney with Friedgen, Helix Director Kathleen Coates Hedberg and the Helix Board of Directors. Below: Helix Charter High School senior and 2019 Lillian M. Childs Scholarship recipient Jack Hopper with Childs, Hedberg and the Helix Board.

Above: Jade Mahaney with her Grandmother and sister and Helix’s Mike Uhrhammer,

Above: Jack Hopper and his Mother.

Celebrate Spring this Saturday at the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival

Celebrate Spring this Saturday at the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival

The Water Conservation Garden is in full bloom, and every inch of the internationally-renowned botanical garden is ablaze in color in anticipation of the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival, this Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, held in conjunction with Cuyamaca College and Heritage of the Americas Museum, will host dozens of craft vendors and feature hundreds of California native and water-efficient plants for sale. The day’s activities include Butterfly Releases, Butterfly Pavilion Tours, Story Time with Ms. Metamorphosis, a Pollinator Party with Ms. Smarty-Plants for children, docent led garden tours, and discounted landscape design consultations.

Landscape Design Consultations are $20 for 20 minutes; a reservation and prepayment is required. Walk-ups are accommodated when possible. Please bring photos of your yard, a list of preferred plants (if any) and photos of landscape designs you like. Please call 619-660-0614 x10 in advance to register.

Other activities include:
– Edible and Ornamental Plant Sales
– Kids’ Activities, Craft Vendors
– Educational Exhibits and Presentations
– Water Agencies – Sustainable Water Use Information
– Free Admission to Heritage of the Americas Museum
– Face Painting and Butterfly Coloring Project
– Food Trucks
– Animal encounters and more!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Water Conservation Garden is located at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West in El Cajon. For more information about The Garden, including detailed directions and a map, please go to https://thegarden.org/springfestival