Photo: Helix Boardmember Joel Scalzitti with East County Advanced Water Purification Joint Powers Authority members. Left to right: Padre Dam Municipal Water District Boardmember August Caires, Scalzitti, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and El Cajon Councilmember Gary Kendrick.

On February 20, the East County Advanced Water Purification Joint Powers Authority swore in Helix board member Joel Scalzitti as a nonvoting, ex-officio member of the JPA. Helix board member Kathleen Coates-Hedberg will serve as an alternate.

The three voting member agencies of the JPA which include Padre Dam Municipal Water District, city of El Cajon and County of San Diego, serve as governing members of the project. Helix’s role in the JPA is to serve as an advisory member, focused on providing input about the drinking water component of this project.

“We look forward to our participation in this project and working with the JPA”, said Scalzitti.

The proposed $528 million project will use advanced water treatment technology to purify the recycled wastewater that the ECAWP JPA will produce. The purified water will be delivered to Lake Jennings and treated through Helix’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant. This program will reduce the discharge of wastewater to the ocean at the City of San Diego’s and expects to produce up to 30 percent of East County’s drinking water supply. This water will create a local, sustainable drought-proof supply and reduce East County’s dependence on imported water.

For more information on Helix’s involvement go to eastcountyawp.com

Photo: Helix board members Joel Scalzitti and Kathleen Coates-Hedberg, who will serve as Helix’s alternate representative to the JPA.