Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Program
QWEL in Aspen
The City of Aspen is a Professional Certifying Organization (PCO) for the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Program. Aspen became a PCO in 2018 in order to provide local landscape professionals with a free training course to become certified third party water auditors as specified in Aspen’s Landscape Ordinance.
The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper program is an affordable, local training providing landscape professionals with 20+ hours of education on principles of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation. QWEL is an EPA WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program for Irrigation System Audits.
In order to obtain the QWEL certificate, an individual must demonstrate their ability to perform an irrigation system audit and pass the QWEL exam.
The list of topics covered in the QWEL curriculum includes:
• Where Your Water Comes From
• Irrigation Systems
• Efficient Irrigation
• Water Management
• Determining Water Budgets
• Irrigation Scheduling
• Irrigation Controllers
• Valve, Controller and Field Wire Trouble Shooting
• New Technology
• Putting It All Together
The next QWEL class will be offered in the Spring of 2019. Click here to sign-up to receive notifications about upcoming QWEL trainings.
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training Course
July 9th – 11th, 2018 | 9am – 5pm
18 Truscott Place, Aspen, CO 81611
Read highlights from Aspen’s first QWEL Training here.
QWEL professionals receive quarterly newsletters with program updates, Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunities, and other relevant water efficient landscaping information. Past newsletters are archived below:
Are you interested in renovating an existing landscape or creating a new yard?
Trained in water-wise landscape practices including soil selection, irrigation system design and water management, a QWEL professional will help meet your landscape needs while keeping your outdoor water use in check. QWEL professionals are third party Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditors and will assist homeowners, developers, and design professionals in meeting the irrigation audit requirements of Aspen’s Landscape Ordinance.
Note: Some individuals who earned a QWEL certificate may not appear on this list due to their publication selection.
|QWEL Professional||Company Name||Customer Type||Email Address||Phone Number|
|Nick Calderone ||Escape Garden Design ||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com||970-920-3700|
|Jennifer Dolecki-Smith ||Escape Garden Design ||Residentialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-920-3700|
|Tom Friel ||Roaring Fork Landscapes, Inc. ||Residential, Residential Development, Commercial ||Tomfriel@Roaringforklandscapes.Com||970-309-4578|
|Bob Howey ||Irrigation Analysis ||Residential Development, Commercial||Bhowey@Irrigationanalysis.Com||303-726-1952|
|Catherine Markle ||Alpine Design & Planning, Inc. ||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com||970-379-3996|
|Doug Smith ||Irrigation Analysis ||Commercial||Dsmith@Irrigationanalysis.Com||303-471-7377|
|John Steuble ||Grand Junction Pipe & Supply ||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-243-4604|
|Kevin Tucker ||Escape Garden Design ||Residentialemail@example.com||970-920-3700|
The City of Aspen’s QWEL Program is made possible with the support of the following organizations:
WaterNow Alliance is a network of local water decision-makers across the county who want to advance sustainable, affordable, climate resilient water solutions in their communities. WaterNow has been a QWEL Professional Certifying Organization since 2015 and provides support to the City of Aspen in developing and maintaining their QWEL program.
Roaring Fork Conservancy is one of the largest watershed organizations in Colorado and serves residents and visitors throughout the Roaring Fork Valley through school and community-based Watershed Education programs and Watershed Action Projects. The organization provides outreach support and guest instruction for the QWEL program.
Element Water Consulting is a water resources engineering and hydrological consulting firm that supports the development and management of the QWEL program.
Hunter Industries has provided in-kind donations and guest instruction.
Rachio has provided in-kind donations and guest instruction.