Our facilities and programs make life in East County even better. Scroll down to see what we are doing in the communities we serve. You might just find something fun to do this weekend.
Places to Go
Lake Jennings is where we store imported water before treating it. It’s also the best place to go camping, with tipi, kayak and boat rentals, and renowned fishing.
We co-funded development of The Water Conservation Garden so you can experience water efficient landscaping. The Garden offers classes and events.
HARRY GRIFFEN PARK
Not many people know that Harry Griffen Park sits on top of Helix’s largest water storage tank, and that we help fund the park’s ongoing maintenance.
Things to Do
WATERSMART LANDSCAPE CONTEST
The annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest is an opportunity for residents to showcase their water efficient landscapes — and inspire other homeowners. Landscapes are judged based on attractiveness, plant selection, design, maintenance and irrigation, and the winner receives a $250 gift certificate. Entries due by April 30, 2018.
LAKE JENNINGS SPRING PHOTO CONTEST
Spend a Saturday at Lake Jennings photographing the lake, landscape, wildlife and recreational activities. Then enter up to three photos in our Spring Photo Contest — you can win up to $100. Photos must be taken in March, April or May and entries are due by May 31, 2018.
HELIX WATER TALKS
Helix Water Talks is our new series of facility tours to give customers an inside look at how we provide a safe and reliable water supply – from the science and engineering to policies and operations. We let you know when tours are scheduled on our news blog and in the newsletter we include with water bills. The tours fill quickly, so don’t wait to RSVP.
We support our employees who take an interest in a good cause in a community we serve. If you see people wearing bright yellow “Helix Helps” t-shirts, that’s us. If you’d like to participate, we’d love to see you. Keep an eye on our news blog for where and when our next project is.
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TEACHING KIDS ABOUT WATER
It won’t be long before our water supply and water quality will be in the hands of today’s students, which is why Helix seeks to introduce these topics in the schools within our service area. We want these kids to grow up to be stewards of California’s watersheds and hope that our programs start them down that path.
CSDA Video Contest
Create a one-minute video telling the public, “What’s so special about special districts,” local government agencies formed by local voters to meet specific needs, like water or sewer service. The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is offering prizes up to $1,000. Applications and videos due by April 1, 2018.
High School Photo Contest
Helix challenges high school photographers in our service area to capture water in San Diego County — the lack, value, beauty or anything of water — and submit up to three, mounted photos in black and white or color for cash prizes up to $250. Entries due by March 9, 2018.
Helix awards the Dr. Lillian M. Childs and Robert D. Friedgen scholarships each spring to two high school seniors attending a four-year university in the fall. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 and applications are due by March 1, 2018.
The water technology program at Cuyamaca College received a National Science Foundation Grant, and Helix is working with the program and science teachers from Grossmont Union High School District and Helix Charter High School to develop new, high school STEM curriculum about water treatment, water distribution and watershed management.
5th Grade Treatment Plant Tours
About 2,000 fifth grade students from schools in our service area tour Helix’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant each year. We sponsor the school busses, and the 9:30-11:30 a.m. tour takes students step-by-step through the treatment process and meets state standards for 5th grade water curriculum.
Ms. Smarty Plants Assemblies
About 6,000 K-6 students in Helix’s service area participate in Ms. Smarty Plants’ school assemblies each year. The assemblies are interactive, tailored to the grade level and aligned with state and NGSS curriculum standards. Please note that Helix’s funds are limited and our priority is to bring Ms. Smarty Plants to as many schools as possible in our service area. This means that requests for repeat performances are not always granted.
Water is Life Poster Contest
2018 Entry and Release FormThis isn’t just any art activity. Helix staff select winning posters from schools in our service area and send them to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. They select 36 student posters to feature in their Water is Life Calendar each year, and over 30,000 people get a calendar or see the traveling exhibit. Please submit posters to Helix by March.
LEADERSHIP EAST COUNTY PROGRAM
The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership East County Program seeks to identify emerging leaders, acquaint them with east county’s assets, needs and challenges and encourage their involvement. Helix hosts each year’s class to a day about water, focused on the benefits of regional collaboration.
WATER POLICY WATCH
Helix actively lobbies the State Water Resources Control Board and our elected representatives in the Legislature — directly and in collaboration with the San Diego County Water Authority and the Association of California Water Agencies. If you want to be aware of legislative issues and/or contact our elected representatives, subscribe to our Helix Water News blog.
NEED A PRESENTATION?
We are available anytime to speak about our water supply, water conservation and other strategies to secure a safe and reliable water supply. Call Public Affairs at 619-466-0585 or send us an email.
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