System operations, maintenance and construction - that's what we do every day to stay on top of over 730 miles of water mains and thousands of valves, hydrants and meters.
Video: Helix Water District Utility Crew Worker
Roles in Water Distribution
Utility Crews Excavate, build and repair water mains, service lines and other parts of the distribution system.
Equipment Operation Operate backhoes, graders, dump trucks, boom trucks and other light-heavy duty equipment.
Valve Maintenance Maintain and repair over 16,000 valves throughout the distribution system.
Meter Maintenance Inspect, diagnose, calibrate, repair and rebuild water meters to maintain accuracy.
Facilities Maintenance Maintain district facilities including interior and exterior maintenance, repairs and upgrades.
Cathodic Protection Develop, install and maintain cathodic protection systems to prevent corrosion of water mains and facilities.
System Operations Control the flow of water throughout our system using valves, pumps and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
Field Services Coordination Coordinate construction and repairs with other utilities, government agencies and contractors.
Construction Coordination Schedule and deploy resources for timely and cost-effective construction and repairs.
Equipment Repair Maintain and repair equipment and vehicles and fabricate specialized tools and equipment.
Warehouse Manage ordering, shipping and inventory of supplies for system maintenance and construction.
The State of California requires the professional training and certification of anyone who who makes decisions about the operations or maintenance of a water distribution system. There are five levels of certification, D1-D5.