Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is now offering an online Landscaper Certification Class through College of the Desert aimed at helping professional landscapers in the Coachella Valley be more efficient water users.
The new online program will focus on teaching professional landscapers the best practices for achieving water efficiency when creating outdoor environments. This certification course may be required for any new or existing professionals seeking a landscaping business license in any city or county in the Coachella Valley.
This free course is available in English and Spanish. Through the course, participants can learn about topics such as soil types, irrigation system efficiency, and evapotranspiration.
Program curriculum was developed in collaboration with CVWD, Coachella Valley Association of Governments and College of the Desert.
The course was developed after the State Water Board fined CVWD in fall of 2015 for being unable to meet its water conservation standard. The two agencies collaborated on a way to enhance local conservation in lieu of paying the fine. With the successful completion of this program within one year at an estimated cost of $83,400, the $61,000 fine will be suspended. CVWD has committed to investing in the program for five years.
“I expect the certification program will become a valuable resource for professional landscapers to help their clients become more water wise,” said CVWD Conservation Manager Katie Evans. “This program is an excellent tool that can help reinforce and improve long-term water conservation efforts in the Coachella Valley.”
CVWD encourages landscape businesses to have as many employees as possible participate in this free, local training, even if business license applications only require one person from a company to be certified.
Visit www.cvwd.org/Conservation for more information about the program.
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 109,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.