The Helix Water District board of directors has announced that Carlos Lugo, the District’s director of engineering, has been selected as the new general manager, succeeding the retiring Mark Weston. Lugo bested 61 applicants for the position, including a number from out of state. He has been with the Helix Water District since 1991. He began his career in the Helix engineering section as an assistant engineer. He became director of engineering 10 years ago. Under his direction, the District embarked on an ambitious Cast Iron Replacement Program, which replaced an average of five miles of pipe per year over the past 10 years, with the goal of removing all remaining cast iron pipe from the District within the next 10 years. Between 1998 and 2002, Lugo oversaw the upgrade to the R. M. Levy Water Treatment Plant from 80 million to 108 million gallons per day and the addition of Ozone as the primary drinking water disinfectant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University. He is a member of American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, and is a licensed professional engineer.
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