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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 Town of Castle Rock is hosting a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training on October 22nd - 24th and has extended an invitation to Roaring Fork Valley landscape professionals to attend!
When: Tuesday, October 22nd - Thursday, October 24th | 8:30am - 4:30pm each day
Where: Castle Rock Water (183 Kellogg Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109)
Cost: $75 covers training manual and lunches
Interested in Attending: If you'd like to participate, please email Lindsay Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP. Registration for Aspen area landscape professionals will become available closer to the training date depending on class availability. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis!
City of Aspen Classes:
The City of Aspen will host its 3rd QWEL Training in Spring 2020. Please check back for training dates or Click Here to Sign-Up to receive notifications about upcoming QWEL trainings.
Landscape professionals may also elect to participate in QWEL trainings offered by other professional certifying organizations in - and outside of - Colorado. You can view the full QWEL training calendar here. If you receive your certification from a different QWEL PCO, please contact Lee Ledesma to be added to the Certified Auditors webpage and to receive valuable Aspen-specific QWEL training materials.
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training Course
May 20th - 22nd, 2019, 9am -5pm
Aspen Police Department, 540 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611 in the Community Meeting Room (2nd Floor)
July 9th – 11th, 2018 | 9am – 5pm
18 Truscott Place, Aspen, CO 81611
Read highlights from Aspen’s first QWEL Training here.
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.
|Nick Calderone ||Escape Garden Design ||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com||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, Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-379-3996|
|Doug Smith ||Irrigation Analysis ||Commercial||Dsmith@Irrigationanalysis.Com||303-471-7377|
|John Steuble ||Grand Junction Pipe & Supply ||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com||970-243-4604|
|Kevin Tucker ||Escape Garden Design ||Residentialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-920-3700|
|Residential, Residential Developmentemail@example.com||970-456-6165|
|Residential, Residential Development, Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-319-7575|
|Residential, Residential Developmentemail@example.com||303-903-1816|
|Neil Reilly||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||303-903-1816|
|Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com||970-279-5530|
|Residential, Residential Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-920-3005|
|Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com||970-920-3003|
|Norris Design|| Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-368-7068|
|Residential, Residential Developmentemail@example.com||970-420-0796|
|Residential, Residential Development, Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-987-1436|
|Residential, Residential Developmentemail@example.com||970-309-6450|
|Demetrios Hassos||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialfirstname.lastname@example.org||970-927-8700|
|Ed Price||Residential, Residential Development, Commercialemail@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com||970-282-1800|
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.