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Posted on: January 17, 2023

2022 in Review: Infrastructure Investment

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Infrastructure describes the physical systems we use and rely on every day to bring water to you. Last year, Helix reinvested $16.1 million in our water treatment and distribution infrastructure, laying the groundwork for the next 75-100 years. Here’s a sample of our work.

Lowering electromagnetic detector assembly into Helix's 36-inch pipeline.

We pulled electromagnetic detectors (see photo) through 12,000 feet of the 36-inch diameter pipeline that delivers water from the Colorado River and Northern California to the R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant in Lakeside. The detectors measure the pipe wall and identify weak points, facilitating faster, more precise and less expensive repairs. Based on the data, we replaced 805 feet of pipe and installed 34 steel plates and 10 new access manways.

Crane holding steel plate in place for welders at the top of the Tunnel Hill Tank.

Water Storage Tanks
We inspected and repaired eight of the 25 water storage tanks we operate last year, and completed the rehabilitation of Tunnel Hill Tank (see photo). We increased the height of the tank, installed an aluminum dome roof and recoated the interior and exterior of the tank. The new roof will minimize corrosion and decrease maintenance time over the next 50-60 years. Watch for the release of the project video.

We upgraded network monitoring, enterprise GIS, enterprise integration, firewall infrastructure and wireless infrastructure.

Water Treatment
We maintained 100% production levels at the treatment plant while completing five system reconfigurations.

Water Distribution
We replaced 11,560 feet of cast-iron pipeline and surveyed 14,728 feet of pipeline route for design.

Cover of Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Report.

See What Else We Accomplished in 2022
Our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2021-22 is easy to browse, full of photos and a good way to learn how and where we invest your water bill. Take a look!

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