Brought to you by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.

The Water Smart Academy is created for landscape professionals looking to broaden their understanding of landscape management and irrigation systems. The free classes offer the latest in landscape irrigation best management practices (BMPs) to assure healthy, sustainable, and functional landscapes while avoiding water waste.

LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS: IN-PERSON WATERSMART ACADEMY CLASSES ARE NOW FORMING FOR FALL 2021

Continuing Education Units offer for all classes

RISE & SHINE SHORT SESSIONS!
1.5 hours of CEU credit, with breakfast provided! Classes are limited to 7 participants.

Drainage and Use of Storm Water

Smart watering is more than installing and maintaining an irrigation system.   Drainage, which involves harvesting, moving, and using stormwater is an integral part of landscape and irrigation management.  In this class, we will discuss methods to prevent or remediate damage due to stormwater as well as the beneficial use of that same water.   Whether your customers are Single or Multi-Family Residential, Commercial, or Municipal, the same principles apply.

PVC Pipe, Fittings and Valves – Proper Use, Installation & Trouble Shooting

Installing PVC Pipe, Fittings and Valves is like painting, everyone thinks they can do it.  After all, how hard could it be?  Like most things, there is a right way to solvent weld, install threaded connections, and repair PVC for trouble-free, long-lasting irrigation systems.   We will also discuss common problems and ways to avoid them.

CLASS

DATES

TIME & LOCATION

PVC Pipe, Fittings and Valves – Proper Use, Installation & Trouble Shooting
(1.5 credit hour) Trainer: Jan Loving

September 16
September 23
September 24
September 30

7:00-8:30 AM
Loving & Associates
2617 Rhode Island St NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Drainage and use of stormwater
(1.5 credit hour) Trainer: Jan Loving

October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

7:00-8:30 AM
Loving & Associates
2617 Rhode Island St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110


8-HOUR CERFICATION SERIES!
Earn your WaterSmart Contractor certification AND 8 hours of CEU credit—all in one session! Classes are limited to 15 participants.

Landscaping codes and fundamentals of irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance

This class provides an update on current landscaping regulations, standards, and applicable codes as well as opportunities to advance professionally. The class covers fundamental sprinkler and drip irrigation design considerations and installation techniques; soil classification and basic soil properties; proper criteria to consider when designing turf, tree & shrub locations; identifying different plant species; the fundamentals of water smart landscapes; and key elements of the Water Authority’s water waste ordinance and how it applies to landscape professionals.

Advanced irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance techniques

Students will gain advanced knowledge on a sprinkler and drip irrigation systems to include designing for the future; two-wire systems; backflow preventer applications; piping options; drip system components and their purpose; soil chemical interactions, pH, and salts; and turf, tree, and shrub selection criteria. The class also covers water-smart maintenance practices including how to manage water efficiently using ET, sprinkler precipitation rates, water infiltration rates, and horticultural practices that can reduce water run-off; advanced irrigation system troubleshooting techniques; watering strategies for different plant maturity levels; plant pruning strategies to save water and improve plant health.

CLASS

DATES

TIME

Landscaping codes and fundamentals of irrigation system design, installation and maintenance                                           (8 credit hours) Trainer: Jim Corcoran

November 5
November 11
December 3
December 9
December 16

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Bachechi Open Space
9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114

Advanced irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance techniques
(8 credit hours) Trainer: Jim Corcoran

November 12
November 19
December 10
December 17

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Bachechi Open Space
9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114

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MEET THE ACADEMY TRAINERS:

Jim Corcoran: A New Mexico native with 40 years of grounds management experience at UNM, APS, Sandia Laboratories, and as a commercial landscape maintenance contractor, plus 28 years of experience in landscape and irrigation training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in plant science and holds an MS6 Irrigation License. He is a Certified Backflow Prevention Technician and 3A & 3B Pest Management Consultant. Previously certified by the Irrigation Association for Landscape Irrigation Water Audits, he is also past President of the New Mexico Irrigation Association.

Richard Chapman: Owner-manager of Smart Use, LLC, a water conservation consulting services company, which has served the City and the Water Authority since 1999.  His team has conducted more than 60,000 water audits in Albuquerque and another 10,000 audits in cities and sites in Arizona, Colorado, California, Wisconsin, and Washington State.

Jan Loving: President of Loving & Associates, a manufacturer’s representative for irrigation, plumbing, and industrial products in New Mexico, El Paso, and southwest Colorado and a  training instructor for storm water drainage and PVC pipe valve and fittings for more than 30 years for contractors, architects, wholesalers, and municipalities.    BA from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Classes sponsors:

State of NM Regulation & Industry Division (CID)

Irrigation Association

New Mexico American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)