At Helix Water District, we deliver water to homes and businesses throughout San Diego’s East County. We are a not-for-profit public water district, and we have been that way since we formed back in 1913. We have a deep and storied past that helps explain the development and history of San Diego and East County.

Our semi-arid region makes it challenging to develop water supplies. Watch our two-part video series highlighting the evolution of our local water system and the formation of the district. This engaging series – with rarely seen photos – tells our story dating back to East County’s beginnings. From our past, you can see the challenges we faced in securing water supplies for our region. Ultimately, it takes vision, financing and the public’s support to keep water flowing to where we need it the most.

Part One begins in 1885 when visionary leaders developed a plan to deliver water to a rapidly growing region. Learn about the construction of a 34-mile wooden flume that delivered water from the Cuyamaca Mountains to our local towns and farms. Part Two shares Colonel Ed Fletcher and James Murray’s roles and how the water system went from a private investment to public ownership.

Watch Part One and Part Two of Helix History, and see how water continues to shape our future.



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