This past month, eleven landscape professionals completed three weeks of training through the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program. The free course—taught in Spanish at San Rafael’s Pickleweed Community Center—covered proper plant selection for our local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation.
Upon passing the certification exam, the most recent graduates will join the ranks of over 500 QWEL-certified professionals who are putting their expertise to work to help reduce landscape water demand. Developed in 2007 through a partnership of landscape contractors, educators and North Bay water agencies, QWEL is one of the first irrigation auditor certification programs in the nation to carry the U.S. EPA’s prestigious WaterSense label. The course at Pickleweed was sponsored by Sonoma County Water Agency and Marin Municipal Water District.
If you are interested in becoming a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, visit qweltraining.com to learn more and find upcoming trainings.
And if you are looking for a landscape professional who can help keep your garden beautiful and your water bills reasonable, check out the list of QWEL graduates.