Eastern Secondary Connection Project Update
The Eastern Secondary Connection Project, the largest capital improvement project in Padre Dam's history, is well underway. The project will create a redundant water supply for customers in Padre Dam's Eastern Service Area, including communities such as Alpine, Dehesa, Blossom Valley and Harbison Canyon. This water supply will help maintain water reliability, especially during natural disasters such as a wildfire.

The project, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, consists of a reservoir, pump station and a new pipeline which will be placed under Interstate 8. Learn more about the Eastern Secondary Connection Project in the video above. 
Padre Profile: Seval Sen
Seval Sen has a passion for wastewater. She enjoys the challenge of working with water containing unknown and varying components. As an engineer at Padre Dam, Seval works to plan updates, improvements and expansions of Padre Dam's existing infrastructure including pipes, tanks and pumps. 

"Our infrastructure is behind the scenes, we like to be invisible, if we are invisible it means everything is working properly. When a person flushes water they expect it to disappear, they don't want to see it or smell it again. A lot of engineering goes in to that."

Seval always knew she wanted to be an engineer, and became interested in wastewater treatment while obtaining her master's degree. Her favorite project is planning the new infrastructure for the Advanced Water Purification Program, Padre Dam's project which will create a new, local, sustainable and drought proof drinking water supply using state-of-the-art technology to purify East County's recycled water. She is also heavily involved in applying for grants to pay for the project.

"The Advanced Water Purification Program is going to provide a reliable drinking water source for our district. Right now we rely completely on a third party to supply us with drinking water, which makes us vulnerable to price increases. I believe that this project will do a lot to help us to continue to provide quality water to our customers."

Working on the AWP project is a unique challenge because since Padre Dam is one of the first to do a Reservoir Augmentation Project, the regulatory process is not as straight forward as a typical water project. In addition, water produced by the AWP Project must meet even more stringent purification requirements than existing drinking water. 

The project may come with extra challenges, however Seval enjoys working to make this water supply project a reality. Seval is proud to share that water produced from the AWP Demonstration Facility has consistently met or exceeded state and federal standards and a full-scale facility has been given conceptual approval.

Seval enjoys working at Padre Dam because, "You can actually make a difference, you're serving the public.  I feel it's more rewarding because I'm not trying to make a profit for a company, I'm serving people and shaping the future for them."
Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop
Thinking about re-landscaping with a WaterSmart garden? Join Padre Dam on
February 15th from 6-9pm for a workshop that will take you step-by-step through creating your own beautiful, water-efficient landscape. Participants will learn about their soil, how to collect and utilize rainwater and how to choose and place their plants. Space for this fun and informative workshop is limited, so please  RSVP here

Verizon Clock Tower

If you drive by the Padre Dam offices, you'll notice a new clock tower welcoming you to the parking lot. Did you know that this clock tower is not just a clock tower? It doubles as a cell tower and is owned and operated by Verizon! Verizon owns the tower and leases the land it is built on from Padre Dam. Keep an eye out for it the next time you come to visit our offices or Santee Lakes. 
Upcoming Girl Scout Water Journey Day 
Know a Girl Scout Troop that's looking for free STEM activities? Padre Dam will be hosting a Water Journey Day at the Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility on Saturday, March 17 from 2-4 pm. Educational and fun for all Girl Scout levels, girls will get the chance to do hands-on activities such as using membranes to create clean water, see and feel technology that is being used to recycle and purify water, and create and play a watergami game to learn about the importance of water. They will also learn about our region's water supply, challenges the region faces and potential solutions. 

All participants will receive a free Advanced Water Purification fun patch, and the Water Journey Day compliments the Brownie Journey WOW! Wonders of Water. Click to learn more and register