QWEL is an approved U.S. EPA WaterSense Irrigation Auditor certification program. Participants in the program gain knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscape practices, including design, maintenance and operation of "smart" irrigation controllers, which can reduce landscape water demand. Landscape Professionals who successfully complete the program are eligible to become WaterSense Irrigation Partners.
The City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office and the New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance are co-sponsoring a training in November 2013. If you are a Landscape Professional, with a City of Santa Fe business license, and would like to register for this program, please download the invitation letter
and registration form
and submit your registration by October 30, 2013. For additional information about the QWEL training, please contact the Water Conservation Office, 505-955-4225, or email to
This training will incorporate the Landscape Irrigation Design Standards (LIDS) manual. LIDS was developed to provide a framework to improve the design, installation, and maintenance of irrigation systems and to standardize all irrigation work by providing water resource information specific to the City of Santa Fe. The intention of this guide is to serve as a resource for irrigation designers, landscape architects, contractors, developers, maintenance personnel, and water managers working for the improvement of landscape water efficiency in accordance with commonly accepted industry practice.
Download QWEL manual
Download LIDS manual
Power Point Presentations and other materials for QWEL training, November 2013
Special Session: Drip Irrigation
Tech Brief: Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention
50 Cross-Connection Questions, Answers & Illustrations