QWEL Rainwater Training Program (English) - Santa Rosa, CA

Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper: Rainwater Training Program limited to only landscape professionals and designers doing work in Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties

Rainwater is a valuable resource that when collected and stored, can be used as an alternative water source helping offset the demand on existing water systems, such as wells, and municipal water.  Water is a precious resource in California and rainwater catchment is one strategy that can help protect this resource.  The purpose of this training is to introduce landscape installers and other water system professionals to the basics of rainwater catchment system design and installation.

 The list of topics covered in the 2023 QWEL Rainwater curriculum include:

  1. Introduction to Rainwater Catchment
  2. Codes, Permits, and Accreditations
  3. System Planning
  4. Fill System
  5. Water Storage
  6. Distribution Systems
  7. System Maintenance

In order to receive a certificate of completion for the training, you must pass the exam with at least a 75% passing rate and participate in in-field instruction.


The in-field instruction and exam will take place on 12/15.
Location to be determined

Registration closes 12/01/2023


Sebastian Bertsch, Sherwood Engineers and 

Jessica Pollitz, P.E., Sonoma Resource Conservation District 


Home with rainwater capture and disconnected downspouts 


Funding for this project has been provided in part from the Water Quality,
Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and through an
agreement with the State Department of Water Resources.

Location: Sonoma Water
404 Aviation Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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Location: Sonoma Water, Redwood Room

Presenter: Sebastian Bertsch, Sherwood Engineers, Jessica Pollitz, Sonoma Resource Conservation District


Thursday, December 14th, 2023 7:30 am-4:00 pm - Location: Sonoma Water

Friday, December 15th, 2023 7:30 am-4:00 pm - Location: Sonoma Water

Registration Closes: 12/01/2023

Sponsored by: Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership

For more information, contact:

Lauren Lum
(707) 547-1933

Online Registration is not available.