About Us

We were formed by residents over 100 years ago to bring water to San Diego’s east county communities. Today, we treat water for much of east county and distribute water to the 277,000 people in our service area. 

Who We Serve

Helix delivers reliable water to the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon, and to unincorporated areas of the county, including Spring Valley and Lakeside. We provide water for homes, schools, and jobs, and for firefighting.

Service Area Map

Unsure if your property is within Helix's service area? Use the San Diego County Water Authority's locator tool to find your water district.

A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a needed service, such as water or sewer. Helix was organized in 1913 and exists pursuant to Irrigation District Law (Water Code Section 20500, et seq.) We are governed by a Board elected from their communities and are held to high standards of transparency and accountability.

Open Meetings
The Ralph M. Brown Act requires that the public is notified of Board meetings and able to attend.

Full Disclosure
The Fair Political Practices Commission requires Board members and Helix staff to file a Statement of Economic Interest annually, reporting any gifts or monies received.

Ethics Training
Assembly Bill 1234 requires that Board members go to ethics training when elected, and re-take the training every two years.

Financial Audits
State law requires special districts to submit regular audits. A certified public accountant performs these to ensure public funds are properly managed. The audits are public documents filed with the state and county controller.

Public Review
Special districts must upload their financials and Board member and employee payment records to the state website for review.

Public Records
The California Public Records Act gives the public access to information from public agencies.

Our History

Our story dates back to the 1880s and east county’s beginnings.