REDDING, CA  –  Shasta College has teamed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program to help consumers save water for future generations and reduce costs on their utility bills. Shasta College will be offering the EPA WaterSense labeled certification program- Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)

WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water-efficient products and simple water-saving practices. The program encourages customers to look for WaterSense labeled products, which have been independently certified for water efficiency and performance, and promotes water-saving techniques that reduce stress on water systems and the environment.

“Water-efficient landscapes can be beautiful and low-maintenance, if they are designed and cared for correctly,” said Veronica Blette, WaterSense branch chief. “WaterSense labeled programs ensure that certified irrigation professionals know the latest water-smart technologies and techniques to design, install, and audit healthy landscapes that require less water and maintenance.”

WaterSense labels professional irrigation certification programs that highlight water-efficient technologies and practices. Landscape irrigation designers, auditors, and installation and maintenance professionals who successfully complete these programs can educate customers about the water-efficient components and practices to ensure beautiful and water-efficient landscapes.  

“Shasta College is excited to be a WaterSense partner,” said Leimone Waite, Horticulture Instructor “We look forward to certifying irrigation professionals through our QWEL program”

If homeowners hire irrigation professionals certified by our QWEL Program to perform regular maintenance on their irrigation systems, each household could reduce its irrigation water use by 15 percent annually—equivalent to the amount of water that would flow from a garden hose nonstop for nearly a whole day. To find a list of certified irrigation professionals near you, please visit

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save more than 1 trillion of gallons of water and billions in water and energy bills. For more information, visit