East County AWP Public Hearings

East County AWP Public Hearings

You are invited to attend a public hearing on the East County Advanced Water Purification project, which will create a new, local, sustainable and drought-proof drinking water supply.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the project will purify recycled water from San Diego’s East County to augment water supplies in the Lake Jennings reservoir. The project will produce up to 30% of East County’s drinking water supply.

The water will be delivered to properties within Helix Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District and Lakeside Water District’s service areas and those in the northern portion of Otay Water District’s service area starting in 2026.

The State Water Resources Control Board will conduct the public hearings. These hearings will begin with a brief presentation about the project followed by an opportunity for public comments.

Hearing No. 1
February 2, 2023
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Helix Water District Boardroom
7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942

Hearing No. 2
February 7, 2023
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Padre Dam Municipal Water District Boardroom
9300 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA 92071

Hearing No. 3
February 8, 2023
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Helix Water District Boardroom
7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942

For information on how to participate in the public hearings, please view the public hearing notice linked below.

In addition to the SWRCB public hearings, you can take a virtual tour of the project, get construction updates and sign up to have project updates emailed to you at eastcountyawp.com.

 

Read the public hearing notice

View the Title 22 engineering report

Learn more about Helix’s involvement in the East County Advanced Water Purification project

Take a video tour of the East County Advanced Water Purification project

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Find Water Efficient Plants at the Garden’s Fall Plant Sale

Find Water Efficient Plants at the Garden’s Fall Plant Sale

Want to improve your landscape with water-efficient plants? Start by attending the Water Conservation Garden’s Fall Plant Sale this weekend.

Our friends at the Water Conservation Garden are hosting their annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This outdoor event will feature numerous plant, art, jewelry and garden vendors – which all make terrific holiday gifts. Visitors can expect to see many beautiful and water-efficient plants for sale like proteas, plumerias, Joshua Trees, succulents, garden plants, rare plants, fruit and many more!

Visitors who preregister for one of the many free classes hosted at the event will receive free admission. Classes include tours and demonstrations of water-saving practices like

Visitors who preregister for a landscape design consultation will also receive free admission to Saturday’s event.

Admission is $11 for adults, $6 for members and free for children under two years old. Tickets are available on the day of the event at the entrance.

In addition to the plants and awesome tours, Helix Water District will be there with free giveaways and to answer questions and provide rebate information. We look forward to seeing you.

For more information and to preregister for free admission, tours and landscape design consultations, visit thegarden.org.

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Imagine a day without water

Imagine a day without water

Imagine a Day Without Water is Thursday, October 20, 2022. Just imagine.

Sprinklers on high school baseball field
Shower head and water
Filling a reuseable water bottle at kitchen faucet.
Barista pouring latte
Water use in manufacturing process.
Signs for public restrooms in office building.
Looking up into canopy of large shade tree.
kids swimming.
Produce in grocery store being sprayed down.
Firefighters spraying water on fire.
Fresh picked tomatoes.
Dog getting a bath.

All of the services and jobs we depend on, depend on water.
That’s why Helix invests every year in preventive maintenance and the rehabilitation
or replacement of aging meters, pipe, valves, pumps and tanks.

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Plant your garden this fall!

Plant your garden this fall!

This fall is the perfect time to plant the garden you’ve always wanted to have! Starting a new landscape can be daunting, so we are sharing the resources and information you need to create an attractive water-wise garden. We encourage fall planting because it gives new plants the best chance to thrive. Fall has shorter days, less direct sunlight, cooler temperatures and hopefully some rain. Fall gives your plants the most time to grow and develop before facing the harsher summer.

Get plant ideas at our demonstration landscape

Looking for inspiration? Visit our Administrative Office in La Mesa. Our demonstration landscape showcases three unique, low water-use plant styles. On University Avenue, you can check out soft and colorful Mediterranean plants, while Lee Avenue showcases bold and beautiful desert plants and Palo Verde trees. Our Quince Street garden demonstrates plants and trees native to California. Scan the QR codes on each plant’s marker to learn about their size and sun needs. They all require low amounts of water, which is good for the environment and your wallet.

Get inspired at the Water Conservation Garden

Helix partners with the Water Conservation Garden to provide various resources to help you with all of your landscaping and gardening needs. They offer low-cost weekend workshops to teach homeowners about design, soil, plants, irrigation and gardening. If the group workshops aren’t enough, for a small fee, you can schedule a one-on-one landscape design consultation with a landscape professional. The Water Conservation Garden also hosts annual events like the Fall Garden Festival and Plant Sale, which will be happening on November 5. Stop by and pick out some starters for your landscape.

Attend a free landscape design class

You can also attend a free three-hour online landscape workshop through the San Diego County Water Authority to continue learning about design, plant selection, water conservation methods and more.

Get money back with available rebates

Rebates on turf replacement, rain water harvesting, mulch irrigation controllers and more will help you save water in your new landscape. Make the most of your project with rebates and save money too.  

If you’ve been putting off planting your water-wise garden, now is a great time to make the upgrade. Use as many of our resources as necessary to help guide you in the planting process and have fun creating a brand new fall garden!

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Take a look at NOAA’s La Niña Update

Take a look at NOAA’s La Niña Update

Photo: August 2022 water levels at Lake Oroville, the water supply for the State Water Project. (Source: State of California)

Get ready for a third year of La Niña and drought in California. Scientists at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported in early September a 91% chance that La Niña will continue through November, and an 80% chance that it will continue through January.

La Niña occurs when Pacific Ocean surface water along the equator is cooler than average and alters the jet stream and winter storm tracks around the world. Last winter, La Niña produced one of the driest January through March periods ever recorded in California.

Read NOAA’s September 8 Report

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East County AWP Construction Map

East County AWP Construction Map

Construction has begun on the East County Advanced Water Purification Program. The state-of-the-art program will provide drought-proof water and up to 30% of east county’s drinking water supply. It is a partnership between Helix Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego.

Most of the construction will be in Santee and Lakeside. Use the new interactive map to see where and when construction is planned, along with active work zones and work hours.

Sign up to receive email updates and to see the project’s progress at the East County AWP website.

 

See the construction map

 

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Learn how to hire a landscaper from The Garden

Learn how to hire a landscaper from The Garden

Good landscapers are always in high demand. They can make your property flourish and help you save money and use water efficiently.

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers is where they can go to hire a good landscaper. Fortunately, there is a class on that. The best part is, the class is FREE.

Sign up with our friends at The Water Conservation Garden for a free one-and-a-half-hour class on what you need to know to hire a landscaper. You will learn which questions to ask, what to look for and how to plan. 

The class is held at the Water Conservation Garden on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Register today and get the landscaper and the garden you want.

 

Sign up at thegarden.org

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3 ways to learn turf removal

3 ways to learn turf removal

Replacing your lawn with a sustainable landscape is the best way to use less water. Sustainable landscapes save water and give you a landscape that requires less maintenance, cleans stormwater, creates habitat and improves the value of your home.

While it can take some knowledge and planning to redesign your landscape, you don’t have to be a designer to get the landscape you’ll love. Take a class, or take all of our classes, and learn how. All of our classes are free!

Find a class that works with your schedule and start planning your turf removal project.

2022 landscape contest winner front yard

1. Attend online

The Green Gardens Group teaches residents all across California how to remove lawn, build healthy soil, select plants and irrigate correctly. They offer free one-hour classes every week on Zoom.

Find a class at https://www.greengardensgroup.com/g3-events/

2. Attend in person

The San Diego County Water Authority is offering free classes that teach homeowners how to remove grass and design a water-efficient landscape. Attend a three-hour workshop or sign up for the four-class series. The Water Authority will announce their next series of classes soon, and they fill up fast. If you want to attend the four-class series, go to the website below and get on the waiting list.

Find classes at https://www.sdcwa.org/your-water/conservation/classes/

Watch recordings of past classes at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtcz3YAtFP51ui45BjGt20LxX3WGjIHio

3. Learn at your own pace

If you are on the go and want a more flexible way to learn, watch the Water Authority’s 20-part video series. You’ll learn step by step how to transform your lawn and take care of your new landscape. The videos cover everything from lawn removal and building soil to irrigation, maintenance and capturing rainwater. You can also rewatch the videos as many times as you want, which makes learning how to do this even easier.

Start watching at https://www.sdcwa.org/your-water/conservation/classes/

 

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Our demonstration landscape is on KPBS!

Our demonstration landscape is on KPBS!

Photo: Our Palo Verde trees are in full bloom.  

KPBS recently ran a story showcasing the Mediterranean, desert and California native gardens in Helix’s demonstration landscape.

If you haven’t seen our demonstration landscape, come and take a look. We built these gardens to show you beautiful alternatives to a big lawn, and plants that need a lot less water and don’t mind a week of hot, dry weather.

The three gardens are right next to the sidewalk along the front, side and back of our administration office at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. Markers show the name of each plant and you can scan the QR code to see a plant’s mature size and sun and water needs.

Watch the KPBS Video

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