Optimizing Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation

With the upcoming dry season being one of the most difficult times in ensuring an adequate water supply it is important for us to know how to efficiently and effectively conserve our available resources, which can be shared with our various stakeholders. The 2 for 1 special on-demand webcast below is the ideal opportunity to ensure our available water supply is maximized in such a time. Please see below for further information and the link to enroll for the course, which is being offered at 99.00 (US Dollars).


Course 1 – Grow Green and Save Blue – Optimizing Outdoor Water Conservation

Water conservation can be a challenge, and just the concept of conservation can strike fear into the hearts of those preferring lush green landscapes over rocks, cacti, and synthetics. If you are considering an outdoor program in your area or are dealing with similar challenges, join EPA WaterSense 2010 Irrigation Partner of the Year, Judith Benson, to explore water conservation methods and irrigation system efficiency techniques.

Join Benson to find out what others have in their water conservation toolbox as we review successful water efficiency programs nation-wide. Through discussion, gain insight into program development, site assessment, and monitoring data, plus tips for picking the best management practices in your area. We’ll also discuss recommendations for implementing an outdoor plan and explore ways to take advantage of utility programs.

Our goal is to provide you with useful information in implementing an outdoor water conservation program or expanding offerings to your region. Outdoor water use can be complicated. We’ll share insights into current technology and management of these systems that can provide relatively immediate relief in lowering outdoor water consumption.

Learning Objectives:
Webcast attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Soil-Plant-Water Relationship
  • Advanced Technology
  • Best Management Practices
  • Outdoor Water Conservation Programs
  • Data Monitoring and Sharing

Course 2 – Beyond the Drip – Improving Indoor Water Efficiency, Planning, and Implementation

While saving water outdoors may be easy to spot (e.g., water running down the sidewalk), indoor savings are often less obvious. While less obvious, with the right knowledge and tools, indoor water savings can be easy to identify (and just as valuable to your pocketbook).

Join industry experts Paul Lander, Ph.D., ASLA, LEED AP and Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) to explore the key elements, variables, and the importance of indoor water conservation and savings within your conservation plan, as well as how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain an effective indoor water savings plan. Additionally, learn the step-by-step process to perform a water audit, calculate your payback period, and select replacement fixtures, as well as how to develop and manage your maintenance plan to maximize your ROI short and long-term.

Paul Lander will open our discussion with an exploration of the concepts behind indoor water conservation, the difference between appropriate water use and water waste, and the connection between the water savings and energy savings. Building on this foundation, Troy Aichele will lead you through his personalized step-by-step process of how to perform a water audit, including contacting the customer, auditing a facility or residence, the tools required, the associated rebates, and most importantly how to calculate your payback period. We will also discuss how to pick appropriate replacement fixtures and appliances to maximize ROI, and gain an understanding of Watersense labels—where they come from, how they are obtained and what they mean to you. Finally, as monitoring and maintenance are essential to the success of upgrades, Paul Lander will discuss how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain your new indoor water conservation plan so that your water efficiency efforts are maximized and calculated payback periods achieved (or surpassed!).

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Why indoor water conservation is important, and what elements and variables are involved (e.g. water, waste, energy)
  • How to conduct your own indoor water audit and calculate water efficiency improvement paybacks
  • About Watersense labels and what they mean on plumbing fixtures and appliances
  • How to develop, implement, monitor and maintain an indoor water conservation plan

Persons can enroll for this course via the following link.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15
20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.

About Presenters


Judith Benson

Clear Water Products & Services, Inc.

Paul W. Lander

Consultant, Dakota Ridge Partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado

Troy Aichele

Troy Aichele

Aichele and Associates, LLC

New Webinar- Avoiding Public Outrage:Communicating More with Less

New Webinar!
Avoiding Public Outrage:
Communicating More with Less

Feb. 1st   |   1 PDH / 0.1 CEU


Doing the little things…does matter. Whether switching from rebates to coupons, changing the format of your utility bill, or tweaking your website to boost transparency, it’s the simple, inexpensive changes that can enhance trust in your leadership and compel customers to open their wallets.

Join industry expert and AWWA author, Melanie Goetz for the first session of our Water Communications Master Class Series, to explore how utilities on a tight budget can make small (and cheap) changes to their messaging, marketing, and billing to improve customer experience and public support. From tweaking communications one detail at a time, to leveraging surveys, FAQs, and crowdsourcing, we’ll investigate in-depth how to manage public outreach to avoid crisis, maintain public perception, and fund water quality initiatives.

Avoiding Public Outrage

In this webinar, we’ll take a look at the tools and techniques you can implement in-house that cost virtually nothing, but can make a huge difference. We’ll start with a look at routine customer communications (e.g., billing statements) and how small changes in format, font, wording, tone, and across cultural groups, can improve understanding and support. We’ll explore customer surveys and Goetz will explain how you can use these to gather information, convey your message, and build your brand. We’ll also investigate in-depth how you can leverage websites and crowdsourcing and, when managed correctly, how they can function as a virtual part-time employee. Additionally, Goetz will outline field-tested communications’ best practices designed to educate your customers and cultivate trust with the public. Throughout the webinar, Goetz will weave in real-world examples and case studies of where water communications went right…and wrong.

Space is limited. Register today to save your spot!

Register Today!

Melanie Goetz

Melanie Goetz, MBA
Communications Strategist
Hughes & Stuart

Live: February 1st
Price: $79

Free Webinar: Using Software for Successful Project Design

Forester University has been known as one of the leading sources of information in terms of water and wastewater, especially through their magazines Water Efficiency and Stormwater, as well as, their informative webinars provided by various sponsors.

One such upcoming webinar, which would be offered at no cost looks at Using Software for Successful Project Design.


Matthew Welch, CESSWI
Technical Manager
Profile Products, LLC
Sponsored by: Profile Products, LLC
Wed., March 30th @ 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT,

Learning Objectives:
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals to successful erosion control and
    site revegetation.
  • Learn which site parameters can be addressed using online
    software, and how.
  • Learn how to apply the calculations for various design
    parameters (RUSLE, Manning’s, Maximum Shear Stress).
  • Learn how to use design software coupled with the
    Five Fundamentals to improve your site’s erosion control
    and revegetation.

Sponsored by: Profile Products, LLC.



Register for Webinar

Surface Water Master Class Series (ForesterMedia)

Webinars have been trending for some time now since they are one of the means by which persons can connect and learn across different geographic locations in an easy an efficient manner. Even though our company may not be able to fund such training at this moment I am still taking the opportunity to forward any such pertinent information for those of you who have credit cards and can afford to register.

Please note the information below on a new webinar offered by Forester University.


New Series!
Surface Water Master Class

8 Sessions | 12 PDH / 0.12 CEUs!

Live Mar. 8 – Jul. 21

Surface Water

Join industry expert and former two-time IECA president, Dr. David T. Williams, for our 4-part live and on-demand master class series exploring surface water behavior, effects, and techniques from the first rain drops to stream restoration.

In this comprehensive series we’ll dive into the surface water details starting with a look at rainfall and runoff (hydrology), its effect on rivers and the surrounding environment (hydraulics), how water forms the changing river environment (fluvial geomorphology), and how these concepts and applications effect and are applied to stream restoration. This series offers a comprehensive look at surface water and is a great resource for professionals entering or working within the water, erosion control, and riverine environments and are interested in brushing up on the fundamentals, exploring the techniques available, and discussing real-world application best practices.

This Master Class Series consists of eight 1.5-2 hour live and on-demand presentations and Q&A session (two sessions per topic, 12 PDHs / 1.2 CEUs total) focusing on the following topics.

Learning Objectives:

Mar. 8 & 10: Hydrology 101
(for Those Who Skipped It In College)

Apr. 12 & 14: Hydraulics 1011
(for Those Who Skipped It In College)

May 31 & Jun. 2: Fluvial Geomorphology1
(for Those Who Skipped It In College)

Jul. 19 & 21: Stream Restoration Basics & Techniques

All sessions are available live and on-demand so you may attend at your leisure, and are accompanied by a quiz to test your skills. Learning on your own at home online, or with a group, Forester University’s Master Class Series is designed as an interactive experience with a leading expert in the field.

Miss a session? Not a problem! All sessions and workshops are recorded and available on-demand so you can learn when you want, and where you want.

Group Discount
Train your whole team without the hassle of travel, and at a discounted rate! For a limited time you may register your first attendee and location for $495 and all additional attendees at $319. We’ll provide your group administrator a single logon to access all lectures and workshops to broadcast to your group, and each attendee who attends will receive a certificate.

David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., PH, CFM, CPESC, D.WRE
DTW and Associates

Live: March 8 – July 21

Credits: 12 PDH / 0.12 CEU

Price: $495 (1st logon / location) & $319 per additional attendee

This webinar series will be available live on the above dates at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT, and available on-demand after each live event.
Register for the event by clicking the button below.


Free Webinar!

Due to budget cuts and company spending based on other priorities it may not always be possible for members of staff to be sent on special training. However, based on the advancement of technology many institutions now offer free opportunities for persons to learn about changing trends in a particular field.

For instance, Forester University, the educational division of Forester Media, the publisher of Stormwater Journal, often hosts free webinars or online seminars for its clients.

Since our Agency uses the Trimble GPS units, the upcoming webinar on July 22nd may be of interest to members of staff. This webinar would be highlighting GPS fleet management, in terms of its benefits and how telematics can be used to improve driver and vehicle safety, reduce fuel speed and increase productivity and efficiency.

Trimble GPS Unit
Trimble GPS Unit

For more information on the webinar and its objectives, as well as, for registration, you can click on the links below:

GPS Fleet Management Webinar by Bob Laabs

Registration is limited.