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On-line class: Greywater Fundamentals

1st November 2020 @ 8:00 am - 30th November 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Fall Course will run the month of November, 2020

Are you interested in saving water and also having a lush, productive landscape? Greywater, gently-used water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, can help your landscape thrive while reducing your water consumption. Instead of sending this water down the drain, learn how you can safely and efficiently reuse it in your own home and landscape. This introductory course, Greywater Fundamentals, will provide in-depth information about greywater irrigation.

Time: 6-12 hours total. You can access the prerecorded videos and lessons on your own time during the course window.

Topics include

  • How to use greywater
  • Water savings
  • System costs
  • Health and safety considerations
  • System components
  • Greywater regulations
  • Manufactured systems

Class includes

  • 14 videos
  • Forums to discuss your learning with other participants and instructors
  • Quizzes
  • Certificate of completion
  • Optional add-on class for CEUs through the California Onsite Water Association.
  • Note: This course does not cover construction details or personalized design of your own system. With the information from the class and the resources, you can adapt the information to design your own system.


Text book: Greywater, Green Landscape (2017) by Laura Allen. Available from your local library, e-book, or local bookstore, as well as on-line.

Complete the course over the one month time frame to participate in discussion forums and for the certificate.

Scholarships available

Please fill out this form if you need financial assistance to participate in the course.

About the instructor: Laura Allen

Laura Allen is a founding member of Greywater Action. She is the lead author of the San Francisco Graywater Design Guidelines for Outdoor Irrigation, and authored The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape (Storey Press, 2015) and Greywater, Green Landscape (2017). She has a BA in environmental science, a teaching credential, and a master’s degree in education. Laura leads classes and workshops on rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, and composting toilets. Laura has presented widely on greywater reuse and participated in state greywater code developments in California and Washington State and is on the technical advisory committee for IAPMO’s Water Efficiency Standard (We-Stand). Laura was featured in an Ask This Old House episode on greywater and was the 2014 recipient of the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award of Water Champion.


1st November 2020 @ 8:00 am
30th November 2020 @ 5:00 pm