How We Collaborate
The San Diego County Water Authority was formed in 1944 to import water into the region from the Colorado River and Northern California. When Helix customers pay their water bills, Helix pays the Water Authority for the imported water they used. This is how it works for all 24 water utilities serving the region.
All 24 utilities meet at the Water Authority to analyze and debate how to use the money paid to the Water Authority to invest in new water supplies. The Water Authority's board of directors meets monthly and is made up of elected board members from each utility. The general managers and water conservation staff from each utility also collaborate monthly.
By pooling our money over the last 25 years, we invested over $3 billion and developed projects no single utility could afford on its own.