Homeowner Classes


Pima County SmartScape offers practical landscape water conservation classes for residential water users in the Tucson area and surrounding communities. These classes are designed to assist homeowners in creating and maintaining water-efficient landscapes and are taught throughout the year. All classes are based on the principles of Xeriscape and focus on best management practices for sustaining a water-smart home landscape.
  • Approximately 500 homeowners attend these classes each year to learn techniques and applications for water-efficient landscaping compatible with Tucson's urban Sonoran Desert environment.
Participation is FREE. Seating is limited. Please click on a class (in Schedule, below) for more information. Questions? Please contact the Pima County SmartScape Program office at 520.626.5161, Ext. 120. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pima County SmartScape Program at 520-626-5161, Ext. 120. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

2014 Schedule (click "+" to expand)

To register, click the plus sign to the right of the class that you want, click "Read more," and click the green "Register" button on the next page.
May 13 Tue
Hands-On Drip Irrigation Systems @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Whether you are a DIYer or are hiring a professional, this class will help you understand how to set up and maintain a drip irrigation system…in the comfort of an air conditioned classroom.  Instructor: Steve Mallgren

May 20 Tue
Irrigation Scheduling Made Simple @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Join Irrigation Specialist, Steve Mallgren, to learn how easy it is to program your irrigation controller and develop a watering schedule for your landscape!

May 21 Wed
Installing Your Own Polyethylene Cisterns @ University of Arizona/Pima County Cooperative Extension
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Guest Lectures

Rainwater Harvesting expert (and owner of Ethos Rainwater Harvesting), Lincoln Perino, will discuss a number of topics including:

• Basics of system design – sizing, siting, gutter/scupper connections

• Choosing the right materials for the job

• Tools

• Installation tips and techniques

• System maintenance

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

This class is full, but you may be interested in registering for the Guest Lecture – Installing Your Own Polyethylene Cisterns that morning at 10:30 a.m.  Please check our other Rainwater Harvesting dates as they are all still open.  If you would like to be on a waiting list for this class, please email khanshaw@cals.arizona.

Jun 7 Sat
Gray Water Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: Rebate Classes

Did you know that 1/3 of typical household waste water can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants? If you’d like to participate in Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program and receive reimbursement (up to $1,000) when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home, then you must attend this 2-hour workshop. It focuses on design, operation and maintenance of a gray water system.  Instructor: Lincoln Perino

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

Jul 19 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

Aug 16 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

Gray Water Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Did you know that 1/3 of typical household waste water can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants? If you’d like to participate in Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program and receive reimbursement (up to $1,000) when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home, then you must attend this 2-hour workshop. It focuses on design, operation and maintenance of a gray water system.  Instructor: Lincoln Perino

Sep 6 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

Nov 1 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

Dec 6 Sat
Gray Water Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: Rebate Classes

Did you know that 1/3 of typical household waste water can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants? If you’d like to participate in Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program and receive reimbursement (up to $1,000) when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home, then you must attend this 2-hour workshop. It focuses on design, operation and maintenance of a gray water system.  Instructor: Lincoln Perino

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.