The individual professionals listed here can help homeowners conserve water applied to landscapes and keep everything looking nice. Many can work with the landscapers you already have to help them control water use.
Irrigation Association (IA) certifications that have earned the WaterSense label include the Certified Irrigation Designer (CID); Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC); and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA). The EPA WaterSense program partners with professionals who have been certified through a WaterSense-labeled certification program and sign an agreement to practice efficient irrigation.
The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) certifies professionals in Water Management. These professionals have managed a landscape for one year at or below the landscape water budget, not exceed 100 percent of reference evapotranspiration (ETo) or other landscape water consumption requirements that are more demanding, such as 80 percent of ETo for new landscapes or to levels a local jurisdiction defines as "on budget." Expert level certification requires management of at least five properties.
Green Gardens Group (G3) certified professionals have completed a comprehensive training program in sustainable landscaping techniques, current technologies and applicable ordinances and guidelines. They are certified in soil restoration, California-appropriate plant material selection, native habitat creation and urban watershed restoration, dry-weather runoff elimination, storm water pollution prevention, water harvesting and reuse, water budgeting for landscapes, and sustainable landscape stewardship practices.
Click here for a list of local landscape professionals with water conservation certifications.