The need to design, maintain and manage water efficient landscapes has never been more critical.
With water supplies stretched nearly to the limit in many regions, conserving water in outdoor landscapes is no longer an option, but rather an essential component of our current and future water conservation strategies.
Although regulatory pressure and rising costs offer some hope to drive changes in outdoor water use, ultimately, the water management practices employed by landscape professionals will play a critical role in reducing outdoor water use. For many, opportunities to participate in comprehensive water management training have not been readily available outside a college classroom.
Recognizing the industry need, Pacific Water Management, an established leader in education and outreach programs, offers a variety of technical water management workshops created specifically for the working landscape professional. The workshop learning experience is intended to provide the attendees with practical hands on information delivered in an interactive format. Each workshop is designed to provide 3.5 hours of instruction and features product samples, demonstrations, group and individual activities. Training programs can be customized to meet the needs of water agencies, professional associations and landscape management staff’s.
Each workshop session has been approved for one hour of continuing education units per hour of instruction by the Irrigation association and PLANET
For those seeking advanced learning opportunities, Pacific Water Management recently expanded its training curriculum and is now offering the Qualified Landscape Water Manager Program, a series of technical water management workshops, created specifically for the working landscape professional.
Water Management for Conservation Specialists
Water Management for Conservation Specialists was developed specifically for water agency staff, who offer landscape consultations as a service to their customers. Participants will learn the process required to perform a comprehensive water use evaluation and develop the skills necessary to educate their customers on efficient water use practices, as well as provide them with a variety of landscape water conservation strategies.
Irrigation System Retrofits
Participants will learn how to retrofit an existing irrigation system to improve its performance and efficiency. The workshop will include a discussion on pressure regulation, emission devices, drip conversion, environmental sensors, as well as smart controller conversion. Attendees will also be exposed to a variety of strategies for selling system retrofits to clients, as a means of expanding their services and adding value to their business.
Strategies for Efficient Irrigation Scheduling
Participants will learn the basic components of an irrigation schedule, scheduling concepts, controller programming and weather based scheduling methods. Attendees will also be exposed to weather based scheduling technology and participate in hands on smart controller programming.
Low Volume Irrigation – Principles and Applications
Participants will learn the basic principles of low volume irrigation including; the components of a system, the design process, how to install a new system, or retrofit an existing one, and how to develop an irrigation schedule for low volume hydrozones.
Irrigation Design Principles
Participants will learn the basic principles involved in creating an efficient irrigation design. Discussion topics will includes, site analysis, system uniformity, hydrozones, sprinkler selection, sprinkler layout and basic hydraulic principles.
New and Emerging Technologies
Participants will learn about the many new water saving devices that can increase the efficiency of an irrigation system, including, sensor based controllers, rotary nozzles, low flow spray nozzles, pressure regulators, rain shut-off devices and low volume components.
Water Management Audits
Participants will learn the procedures for conducting a comprehensive water management evaluation. The discussion will include the process used to assess a sites plant material, cultural practices, irrigation system performance, and develop a summary report and water budget.
Water Conservations Strategies
Participants will learn the various strategies that can be employed to increase the efficiency of landscape water use.
Participants will learn the many factors that influence the efficiency of an irrigation system, how to identify and solve irrigation design and maintenance problems that contribute to poor efficiency, and how to properly schedule irrigation to apply water efficiently.