Helix Water District names Carlos Lugo as new GM

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

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.