The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) announced it will host a two-day Certified Irrigation Auditor Training to help local landscapers increase their knowledge, credibility and value to their maintenance clients and employers.

The class focuses specifically on how to test and manage existing irrigation systems so that they can be repaired, maintained and adjusted for even water distribution. The course will also cover setting watering schedules and irrigation controllers in order to maximize water use efficiency.

“Water agencies rely on local landscape maintenance contractors to know how to irrigate efficiently, since these companies control the water use for many of the large landscapes in our area,” said LeAnne Ravinale, Scotts Valley Water District water use efficiency coordinator. “Even though it’s raining now, we will inevitably be asking our landscaping colleagues for their help again to water more efficiently during the dry season.”

The training, led by the Irrigation Association, will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at Scotts Valley Water District, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley. Cost is $340 for non-Irrigation Association members and $290 for members. The course is co-sponsored by Marina Coast Water District, the Santa Cruz Water Department and Scotts Valley Water District.

“We were really excited to partner with the Scotts Valley and Marina Coast Water Districts in order to offer this training locally,” said Lindsay Edelman of the Santa Cruz Water Department. “This is a great way to get intensive training in just two days without having to travel. We know there are a lot of local landscapers who are looking for more training so that they can consult with their customers in a more comprehensive and credible way.”

There will be an opportunity to test for the professional certification after the two-day course.

Register online. Contact LeAnne Ravinale with questions. Get more information on this training and others.


Scotts Valley Water District is a public agency providing water service over six square miles including most of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated areas north of the city limits. The community of Scotts Valley places a high value on livability, innovation and planning for the future. Scotts Valley Water District is proud to play a vital role in supporting those efforts by providing a reliable, sustainable, high-quality water supply. Through partnership with our community, strategic investment in resources and pursuit of new ideas, Scotts Valley Water District is redefining its historic role in order to meet future challenges and turn them into opportunities. Learn more on the District website or Facebook.