2020 Year in Review

In 2020, Padre Dam adapted to a changing world while continuing to provide safe and reliable services. Despite the challenge of COVID-19, the District had a successful and productive year. Watch the 2020 Year is Review Video here. 
East County Advanced Water Purification Virtual Tour

The East County Advanced Water Purification Program will purify recycled water to produce up to 30 percent of East County's drinking water beginning in 2025. This exciting new water supply is drought-proof, safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. 
Tours are available every month. Find a date and time that works best for you and join us to learn more about this important program.

Upcoming Virtual Tours:
January 27: 1-2 pm
February 25: 12-1 pm
March 17: 10-11 am

Whether you've been wondering what the East County Advanced Water Purification Program is all about or you're one of the 7,000 people who have already taken a tour and would like a Program update, this tour is for you. You'll see a presentation, tour the Demonstration Facility and be able to ask questions all from the comfort of your own home. 
WaterSmart Landscape Classes
Are you interested in learning about creating your own water-efficient landscape? Free, specialized classes are available to support you each step of the way. Virtual classes take place throughout the year, and registration is open now. Chose your classes based on your areas of interest.

Upcoming Classes:

January 23 - Plan Ahead

February 6 - Design

February 20 - Plants

March 6 - Water & Irrigation

March 20 - Installation & Maintenance


If you are ready to begin the process of converting your grass yard into a water-efficient landscape, you may be interested in applying for the free virtual Four-Class Makeover Series. This program involves instruction, hands-on lab-work, demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one coaching by local landscape professionals. By the end of the class series, you will be prepared to start transforming your landscape! Five Four-Class Series are offered each year, and registration is open. Find out more here! 

Padre Profile: Wilson Lau

As a Padre Dam Engineer, Wilson Lau is tasked with overseeing the concept, design and construction of vital water and wastewater infrastructure. Every pipe, pump station, reservoir and pressure reducing station in Padre Dam's service area was imagined and designed by an Engineer like Wilson. These elements work together in a complex balancing act of pressures and flows to bring customers safe, clean drinking water and collect and dispose of wastewater.

Wilson manages Capital Improvement Projects, which are vital to keeping District services functioning. Pipes and pumps, like everything else, have a lifespan. Once that lifespan has been reached, District engineers must assess the condition of the materials to ensure that they can continue to work properly. Some of Padre Dam's infrastructure has been reliably serving customers for decades. It is necessary to replace old and worn out infrastructure to avoid main breaks, equipment failure and other service disruptions.

"I enjoy this job because I get to work for the people," Wilson said. "At the end of the day, our job is not to make a profit, our reward is keeping the community safe and functioning."

Currently, Wilson is managing three Capital Improvement Projects. One project is assessing the condition of an almost five decade old sewer pipeline to ensure that it can continue functioning properly. He is also working on the construction of a new pipeline to replace a deteriorating one, and a project to modernize the outdated electrical components of several of the District's pump stations. These improvements will build off of work by generations of Padre Dam engineers to keep the system running for decades to come.

Wilson became interested in working in water and wastewater in college while he was studying environmental sciences. He became curious about finding practical solutions to the issues that he was studying, and a professor recommended that he follow his curiosity and pursue civil engineering.

"Water is fascinating!" Wilson said. "There is so much science behind it. Not only physics, but chemistry and biology as well. The complexity of water systems intrigues me."

Wilson is always quick with a smile for his coworkers and eager to lend a hand. When he is not at his desk, Wilson enjoys hiking and visiting his family in Los Angeles. He is looking forward to traveling again once it is safe.

Water Conservation Opportunities
Water-Efficient Device Rebates
There are many ways to conserve water both inside your home and outdoors. One way is by installing water-efficient devices inside and outside of your home. Take advantage of rebates on these devices that can save you money and make the tools you need more affordable. You can estimate your rebate here for the following devices:
  • Toilets
  • Clothes washers
  • Rotating sprinkler nozzles
  • Rain barrels and cisterns
  • Weather based irrigation controllers
  • Soil moisture sensor systems
Aquahawk Online Portal 
Want to start setting goals to save water without spending a dime? Register for the free online program Aquahawk. With Aquahawk, you can view your weekly, daily and hourly water usage online. You can also set water usage goals and notifications to help you reach your conservation goals. Find out more information and sign up here.