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Posted on: February 8, 2024

FREE rainwater workshop on February 24

water barrel at end of gutter to collect rain

Did you know that an inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof creates over 600 gallons of free water for your plants and landscape? It is never too late to prepare your property to capture rainfall.

Join the City of La Mesa, Helix Water District, The Water...

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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Helix awards mini-grants to three schools

Director McMillan and Principal Mares holding mini-grant check

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2023 educational mini-grants - Lexington Elementary School, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School and San Altos Elementary School.

Every year, we offer three $250 mini-grants to K-12 schools within our service area for ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Enter your WaterSmart landscape for a chance to win!

Image of front of house with flowers, trees and shrubs.

We are excited to announce the launch of our 20th Annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest! Have you downsized or removed your lawn? Have you transformed your garden into a beautiful, colorful and water-efficient landscape? If you answered yes, we encourage yo...

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Apply now for a free water-saving toilet and free installation

A premium high efficiency toilet uses 0.8 to 1.0 gallons of water per flush.

The San Diego County Water Authority announced yesterday that it is ready to replace 4,000 outdated toilets with professionally installed, high-efficiency models -- at no cost to residents in mobile home communities, multi-family units and income qualifyi...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Applications for Helix College Scholarships Due March 15

Photo of smiling high school students.

Helix Water District is launching our annual Scholarship Contest this week and, next spring, we will recognize two outstanding high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships to help pay for college. 

Our $1,000 Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship and $1,...

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

Water Scam Alert

Person in orange jumpsuit with toolbox knocking on front door

Recently, we have received reports of individuals going door-to-door within our service area and asking to enter customers’ homes to test the water. 

Please be vigilant. Impostors sometimes pose as utility workers or claim that they are working on...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

Helix Water District wins Golden Watchdog Award

Tunnel Hill Tanks under construction.

Last night, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association honored Helix Water District with a Golden Watchdog Award in Municipal and Educational Services for the district’s Tunnel Hill tanks project that resulted in a $6.3 million cost savings for its custom...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Helix Water District recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Image of Helix Board of Directors, General Manager and Director of Administrative Services with an a

Helix Water District is the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the district’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget document. This is the highest award in governmental bud...

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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Helix Named Finalist for Golden Watchdog Award

Helix Water District is honored to be named as one of four finalists for the 27th Annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards presented by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association

Helix was nominated for the Golden Watchdog Award in Municipal and...

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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Saturday is Veterans Day

Veterans Day Image for News Page.

This Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day. Because we’re in San Diego, there’s a good chance you know a veteran – a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker – who would appreciate a “Thank you&rdq...

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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Take a look at our Annual Report

Want to know what your water bills pay for? Then browse our newly published Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2022-23. The report walks you through the work we do at Helix Water District to maintain the:

Water supply;

Water storage;

Water treatment;

Water distrib...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

Bill assistance available for qualifying customers

Couple trying to pay bills

Do you or someone you know need help paying your water or wastewater bill? You may qualify for the state of California’s Low Income Household Water Assistance Program, also known as LIHWAP.

LIHWAP offers income-qualifying customers up to $15,000 to help pa...

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Posted on: October 7, 2023

Celebrating our water professionals!

Water Professionals Appreciation Week

This week is Water Professionals Appreciation Week and we are celebrating the teams and individuals responsible for keeping water flowing to sustain us, protect our health, run our businesses and make our communities thrive. 

Water professionals w...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

View the winning photos of our Lake Jennings Photo Contest

Lake Jennings with sky reflecting on water

Helix Water District is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Lake Jennings Photo Contest, with this year’s first place in the adult category going to photographer Billy Ortiz of Lakeside for his image “Reflection.”


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Posted on: August 25, 2023

Helix Water District’s service area NOT under boil water advisory

Hand holding clear glass being filled with water from faucet.

Helix Water District's service area is NOT under a boil water advisory. Our water continues to meet all drinking water health standards. You may continue to use Helix water as usual. 

A boil water advisory has been issued for California A...

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Posted on: August 21, 2023

Helix recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Helix water administration office showing landscape and building

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) announced that Helix Water District received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its fiscal year 2021-22 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.

The district's An...

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Posted on: August 9, 2023

Avoid surprises with a flow monitor device.

hose running in grass

When we know how much water we use at home, saving water becomes much easier. One of the best ways to manage your water use is by purchasing and installing a flow monitor device. These devices monitor your water use and alert you of leaks and high usage. ...

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Posted on: July 25, 2023

Helix Water District named Water-Energy Leader Gold

Climate Registry Gold

The Climate Registry has recognized Helix Water District as a Water-Energy Leader Gold organization after the district reduced its electric use by 15% and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.

The Climate Registry made the announcement this month after the Univ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2023

Bill assistance available for qualifying customers

Couple trying to pay bills

Help is available for customers who are struggling to pay their water bill. Grants from the state of California are funding two programs – one to help customers who are behind on their water bills and one to help customers with future water bill...

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Posted on: June 29, 2023

Historic home wins 2023 Landscape Contest

Landscape contest winner in front of winning landscape

Helix Water District is happy to announce our 2023 Landscape Contest winner, Joy Andrea, a retired school teacher and resident of La Mesa for over 50 years. 

The annual competition recognizes residents for their outstanding water-efficient landsca...

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Posted on: June 28, 2023

Material Project of the Year Award for Tunnel Hill Tanks

tunnel hill tank at sunset.

Our Tunnel Hill tanks rehabilitation project has saved the residents and businesses we serve $6.3 million and is earning accolades from professional engineers throughout the San Diego region. On Thursday, the San Diego section of the Structural Engineers ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

Have confidence in your tap water

Smiling senior woman clutching her reuseable water bottle.

Helix Water District's newly released 2022 Water Quality Report shows that throughout 2022, we continued to deliver healthy, top-quality drinking water that outperforms federal and state standards.

What’s in water depends on where it comes from. As water t...

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Posted on: June 14, 2023

Helix Water District awarded $10.3 million grant

aerial at lake jennings showing outlet tower.

June 8, 2023 - California’s Department of Water Resources announced that it has awarded Helix Water District $10.3 million in grant funds for the district’s drought resilience and drinking water supply reliability project. Helix was on...

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Watch: Videos highlight career opportunities in water

Staff showing student how we test water quality

If you have ever wondered what working in the water industry is like, check out these two videos. 

Every day, trained water professionals work behind the scenes to keep clean water flowing to our faucets which supports the health, safety and quali...

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Posted on: June 8, 2023

You’re in the right place, see our new billing page

You might have noticed a different login page if you pay your water bill online. Don't worry, you're in the right place. The new page is part of our recent upgrade to our online services.

If you already have an online account, you do not ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2023

Last weekend for Lake Jennings spring photo contest

Lake Jennings at night

This Memorial Day weekend is the last weekend to take photos for the 13th annual Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest! Take advantage of this weekend’s catfish opener and extended hours to get your prize-winning photo.

The Spring Photo Contest offers partici...

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Posted on: May 23, 2023

Rebates available for flow monitor devices

Pink piggy bank in green grass

One of the easiest ways to save water AND money is by getting a rebate on a flow monitor device. These devices monitor your water use and alert you of leaks and high usage. They can help you avoid unexpected increases on your water bills and help prevent ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Two amazing students win Helix scholarships

Stephen Abkin holding certificate and posing for photo with Helix Board

On May 17, the Helix Water District Board of Directors honored Valhalla High senior Lily Martinez and Grossmont High senior Stephen Abkin as the 2023 recipients of the district’s Robert D. Friedgen and Dr. Lillian M. Childs college scholarships.

Martinez, ...

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Posted on: May 21, 2023

National Public Works Week, May 21-27

Construction workers repairing infrastructure

Helix Water District’s Board of Directors has proclaimed May 21-27, 2023 as National Public Works Week. We would like to recognize the thousands of public works professionals who connect our world through public works.

These professionals provide...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

“Being Water Wise Is” student poster contest winners recognized

Helix Board awarding poster contest awards to students

We honored local student artists for their winning posters for what “Being Water Wise Is” at an awards ceremony during our board meeting on May 17, 2023.

Each year, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the district’s wholesal...


Posted on: April 6, 2023

Helix awards mini-grants to four schools

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2023 education mini grants - El Cajon High School, Fuerte Elementary, Lemon Grove Academy Elementary and Saint Kieran Catholic School.  Each year, we offer a number of $250 mini-grants to schools within ou...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Spring to Lake Jennings


It is finally spring! From March 31 to April 16, we are extending our hours at Lake Jennings and adding activities so you can experience all that spring and the lake have to offer.

Located just minutes away in Lakeside, Lake Jennings is the perfect place t...

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

Helix Staff Saving Customers More Than $2 Million

A plant operator working on an ozone generator at Helix's water treatment plant.

The ozone disinfection system at Helix’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant was installed in 2002 and, after 20 years of service, needed an upgrade. When the cost to outsource the project came to an estimated $3.5 million, the plant staff decided to do the w...

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