Trainings and Events

Training and Outreach 

As Northern Water expands its Water Efficiency Program offerings, we are leveraging resources with other entities to provide educational opportunities for landscape professionals, those who oversee commercial landscapes, and the general public. These classes and training aim to give attendees a deeper understanding of many topics, including the plant-soil-water relationship, plant water requirements, landscape water budgeting and irrigation management, among others. In addition to classes and exams through the Irrigation Association, other special classes are hosted throughout the year.  

Classes & Trainings

Sept. 9, 2021 - How to Incorporate Rain Gardens into your Next Waterwise Landscape Project Training VIRTUAL, Bilingual - 3-5 p.m.

Rain gardens are beautiful gardens, full of native plants, that are watered only with the rain once established. Adding rain gardens to your next waterwise landscape project will reduce your water bill, conserve water, manage drainage issues, increase the beauty of your landscape, and protect water quality. Join us to learn more about rain gardens, their benefits and how to keep them looking their best.

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Oct. 21, 2021 - Taking Care of Stormwater Infrastructure (A closer look at Extended Detention Basins) VIRTUAL, Bilingual - 3-5 p.m.

In Colorado, the most common type of Stormwater Infrastructure used is the Extended Detention Basin. In many cases this type of stormwater infrastructure is owned by HOAs or commercial properties. You may own, manage, or maintain a property with an Extended Detention Basin! Join us to learn more about how to identify these systems, how they function and how to keep your costs low by regularly maintaining them.

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Nov. 16, 2021 -Sustainable Landscape Management Certificate - 8 a.m.-noon

The SLM training and certificate program outlines sustainable landscape maintenance practices, why they are important and different from prior practices, anticipated outcome of proper techniques, and who will benefit from the application of these techniques and practices. This program is open to ALCC members only. To participate in the training class and earn the SLM certificate, attendees must be employed by an ALCC member company. Purchase of the SLM manual is required in advance of the training class. Training classes are offered several times a year and the cost is $125. For a limited time, Northern Water Conservancy District is subsidizing a portion of the registration fee for participants, bringing the registration fee to just $65. View the training class schedule here.

Partnership Trainings

As part of our partnerships at Northern Water, the following trainings are available through various partners. 

Colorado Water Loss Initiative Training

The Colorado Water Loss Initiative is back with more free water loss training and technical assistance offered to Colorado water systems by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Phase 1 of the CWLI program took place from 2018 to 2020, introducing the American Water Works Association (AWWA) M36 methodology and the industry standard tool for quantifying water loss and non-revenue water, the AWWA Free Water Audit Software. 

Phase 2 is available to all systems and offers water loss training and technical assistance at 2 different entry points. Water systems that completed Phase 1 in full will continue an advanced track with training and direct technical assistance depending on the utility’s loss profile. Technical assistance opportunities include supply input meter testing, billing data analysis and prorating, customer meter test design and result analysis, real loss component analysis, or leak detection. Systems that partially participated in Phase 1 or are brand new to the program will enter a new learner track with the opportunity to move into the advanced program track. Phase 2 is expected to start in Fall 2021 and continue through 2024.  

Registration is available on the Colorado Water Loss Initiative website.

Waterwise Landscape Webinar Series

Each spring, Resource Central partners with Colorado water utilities to offer more than a dozen Waterwise Landscape Webinars. These webinars are focused on practical household water-saving tips and techniques, such as xeriscaping and sustainable landscaping. All events are free and open to everyone. Learn more on the WaterWise website.

Northern Water Events

The Conservation Gardens Fair allows the public to learn about Northern Water, meet our partners, and tour our award-winning gardens. This free annual family-friendly event is a great time to take part in how-to seminars and irrigation demonstrations, receive expert advice and have kids enjoy the fun activities designed just for them. Enjoy lunch, win prizes and learn about water-efficiency programs for your home and work.  

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