Keep Fats, Oils and Grease Out of Your Drain
Many people find themselves cooking more during the holiday season. We want to remind you that pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain can cause sewer blockages and backups in your home's plumbing. 

Common sources of FOG include:
  • Butter
  • Shortening
  • Dairy Products
  • Margarine
  • Cooking Oil
  • Bacon Fat
  • Sauces
  • Salad Dressing
Dispose of FOG in the trash, not down the drain. 
East County Advanced Water Purification Virtual Tour
Join  us on Tuesday, December 8 at 10 am for our first virtual tour of the East County Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility

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. 

Whether you've been wondering what the East County Advanced Water Purification Program is all about or you've 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 in comfort of your own home. 

To reserve your spot, click here. 
Routine Sewer System Maintenance
Throughout the year, Padre Dam performs routine pipeline cleaning to prevent sewer spills and make sure your wastewater system is functioning properly.

This maintenance work involves sending a high pressure stream of water into pipes to remove buildup of grease, grit and other debris. A camera is then sent in to ensure the pipes are clean. 

A vactor truck in your neighborhood (shown in the photo on the left) may be a sign that we are completing this important maintenance. 

Learn more at
Crews Rise to Meet the Challenge of Cuyumaca Main Break
On October 30 around 3 am, a 14 inch water main broke on Cuyumaca Road near Prospect Avenue. This main break was one of the most challenging breaks that Padre Dam has experienced in many years. Crews began working immediately, but after initial repairs were made two additional leaks were discovered on the pipeline. Crews continued to work through these significant challenges until all repairs were complete. 

Padre Dam crews were pulled from their regular assignments to focus on this emergency repair and staff worked diligently throughout the situation. We are very fortunate to have such a tremendous team who worked tirelessly through this difficult situation. Thank you Padre Dam Operations and field staff! 
Padre Profile: Kyle James
With a few clicks of a button, a Padre Dam Operator can remotely activate a pump in Crest, add water to a reservoir in Alpine or adjust chlorine levels at a District site in El Cajon. This constant ability to monitor and control Padre Dam's drinking water is thanks to a program called Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (or SCADA for short), a system that is developed, written, implemented and maintained by Kyle James, Padre Dam's SCADA Technician.

Years ago, District Operators drove to pump stations, reservoirs, pressure reducing stations and other infrastructure to collect data and run the water and waste water systems. Now Operators can constantly monitor, gather data and control processes from a secure District computer at any location with an internet connection.

As the manager of the software and wireless network for Padre Dam's complex SCADA system, Kyle is an expert at writing logic, network configuration, and electrical design and implementation. He also has a deep understanding of hydraulics, which is the study of how water moves through pipes and machinery. Keeping the software secure and working without a hitch is a huge responsibility that is vital to the community's well-being. Even so, Kyle would not want to be doing anything else.

"We've all had days when we didn't want to get up and go to work, but I can honestly say that doesn't happen to me in this job," Kyle said. "There's always a new challenge, there's always something different and it never gets old. It's very rare that people can find that."

When the Operation team brings an idea for a way to change a system to be more efficient by utilizing the SCADA system, Kyle can develop a completely new system customization. After District electricians have built the new mechanisms, Kyle can program them to function in a way that saves the District valuable staff time.

In addition to the everyday efficiencies of the SCADA system, it is crucial in emergencies. In cases of fires, Operators can quickly pump water to raise water levels in reservoirs. This helps to ensure that when a firefighter hooks up to a hydrant in Padre Dam's system, the water will continue to flow at the pressure they need to fight the flames. SCADA also acts as an alert system. An Operator is on-call 24/7, every day of the year to receive system alerts that report any issues potentially facing District infrastructure.

Kyle is a Marine Corps active duty veteran that continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve as the Operations Chief for the Marine Corps Installations West Reserve component. When he is not working, he enjoys spending family time with his wife and two daughters, riding motocross, and physical training.
Kids Corner Fun

Are you looking for fun activities to keep the kids entertained and engaged during upcoming school breaks? Visit Padre Dam's Kids Corner, where you'll find fun and educational games, videos, worksheets, coloring pages, hands-on activities and more. 

Students from Kindergarten through High School will enjoy learning about topics like the water cycle, California's water system, water reuse, and water properties. 

Explore the Kids Corner at