ENVIRONMENT AND WATER PRESERVATION IS OUR HEART AND SOUL

Dr. Teresa Valentine PhD, PE, BCEE receives Environmental Stewardship Award.

Dr. Teresa Valentine PhD, PE, BCEE receives Environmental Stewardship Award.

Dr. Teresa Valentine, Phd, PE, BCEE, managing principal of Valentine Environmental Engineers, is the recipient of the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award from the AZ Water Association. The award recognizes members for their dedication to exceptional water management practices which serve to protect the environment and enhance the water and wastewater industry in Arizona

Valentine’s work as a professional engineer, a woman business owner, and environmental steward of local, regional and global water initiatives were cited in giving her this honor.

“Teresa also has provided us with excellent services on near and long term planning for needed improvements to our water and wastewater systems with an eye towards sustainability, energy efficiency, and reduced operations and maintenance, “ said Wendy S.W. Barnett, president, Utilities, Inc. Arizona / Nevada. “Teresa’s interest in our environment is apparent.”

To accomplish Valentine’ vision to deliver innovative solutions that build for a future of clean water and help improve the quality of life for people worldwide, Valentine has built a process that champions system innovation and efficiency focused strategies in in all stages of planning, design, construction, and maintenance solutions.

“Receiving an award like this shows our dedication to providing the best service to our clients and the environment. We are grateful for the opportunity in our profession to work on behalf of the environment, and provide water engineering solutions that help municipalities, private companies, and our overall water industry save energy, increase efficiencies, and improve operations,” said Valentine, who will receive the award today at the 88th annual conference and exhibition in Glendale, AZ. “Preserving water for generations to come and ensuring everyone has access to drinking water is our passion.”

Valentine also enjoys her time as a Girl Scout leader and president of the her children’s PTO, and supporting local and national organizations, such as Water for People, AZ Water Association, Compassion, Feed my Starving Children, YMCA, and St. Mary’s Food Bank.

INTERESTING ELEMENTS IN SEWAGE SLUDGE

Elements found in Sewage

Elements found in Sewage

Unbelievable! It is shocking that in research done by ASU, they really found gold in sewage!

“According to the latest research from Arizona State University, we could be looking to our toilets for the next major gold discovery,” stated Kitco News.  They actually found gold in a community with a population of approximately one million.

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WATER REUSE OF EFFLUENT ON A LARGE SCALE – WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES?

Valentine Environmental Engineers has been an advocate for water recycling technology for years and is at the forefront of grey water reuse and water reuse.  They have designed and managed multiple projects over the past decade blazing a trail for others to join this ideal.  “Preserving our fresh water supplies is important but eventually we will have to adjust our technology and how we view our water.  Water engineers and water companies need to collaborate and understand the need to recycle water from tap to toilet back to tap again,” says Dr. Teresa Valentine, managing principal.

Many countries are already doing this in large quantities because of the short water supplies in their region such as: Australia, Singapore, and Israel.

Whether water recycling is something you are doing today or plan to do in the future, the critical element for success is communication and education.  The tools NDEEP developed are based on research findings around perceptions and beliefs of stakeholders regarding recycled water.

There are three key questions we need to ask ourselves and we need to consider for the future of water in our communities especially here in our own backyards in the Southwest.

  1. What is the big picture? Being transparent and thinking about the complete water scenario is critical to give our communities and our citizens the facts they need to determine what is best for them.  NDEEP research shows that we cannot just communicate about water recycling, we need to help the public understand the entire urban water cycle, and how drinking water is produced, and primarily the risk in drought-stricken areas and the risk we face.
  2. What are others doing – what’s working, what’s not? It is our responsibility to learn from other best practices in our field and use those to improve our master plans and design philosophies.
    Another tool NDEEP created was a Global Connections Map showing information featuring expert and citizen commentary about potable water recycling schemes all over the world – including more than 50 videos featuring interviews with key personnel from the plant engineer and regulators of a particular scheme, to local politicians and citizens.
  3. How can we work together? We understand the importance of collaborating with municipalities, private companies, the public, other engineers, other planners, and the list goes on.  When all constituents are brought together to create a plan, it works – from operators in a plant to community leaders.

Water recycling is not new to our field but how we evolve it and talk about it can change how it is perceived and how we develop communities.  Water preservation is Valentine’s sole purpose, and a future of pure water is our vision.

Laundry washing units for water recycling

Laundry washing units

Laundry water treatment

Laundry water treatment

One example of the impact water recycling can have is Valentine’s water recycling projects with Corrections Corporation of America.  They utilize laundry water recycling which reduced water consumption by 80-90%, and shower water recycling for toilet flushing which reduced potable water demand by over 70%.  See the complete case study.

CORPORATE RESOLUTION OF GIVING FOR OUR WORK WITH YARNELL

We had the special honor in 2014 of working with Yarnell Water Improvement Association (YWIA) to assist in the recovery from the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013.    As noted by the YWIA, they had more than $2,000,000 in damages to their water system and they have made good progress in their rebuilding efforts.  The Valentine team donated their time and energy to the YWIA to evaluate the damage and make recommendations for the design of their new water system and infrastructure.

Valentine Environmental Engineers and its employees specifically give back to communities and organizations where programs and initiatives create healthier and more sustainable water systems for everyday use, recreation, and quality of life.  “Our partnership with YWIA fits our driving force to deliver innovative water resource services that produce results now and build for a future of clean water.   It’s our vision,” says Dr. Teresa Valentine, managing principal.  “We are fortunate to share our success with organizations that make the communities we do business in a better place to work and live.”

Thank you YWIA for the Corporate Resolution of Gratitude.  We appreciate the opportunity.  It was truly a pleasure.

Corporate Resolution of Gratitude from Yarnell Water Improvement Association

SAMANTHA COOPER – OUR INTERN EXTRAORDINAIRE

Samantha Cooper

Samantha Cooper

Samantha Cooper is a full-time Civil Engineering and Barrett honors student in her fourth year at Arizona Student University. She is specializing in environmental studies so she is a perfect fit for our Valentine family.  She plans to finish her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (B.S.E) this Spring (2015) and then will continue her education for another year to earn a Masters in Hydrosystems engineering through the 4+1 program at Arizona State University.  She brings a special synergy to our team and is rock solid in water and wastewater engineering.

DR. TERESA VALENTINE AWARDED 2014 ENGINEER OF THE YEAR FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN WATER SYSTEM INNOVATION

Engineer of the Year 2014, Teresa Valentine

Engineer of the Year 2014, Teresa Valentine

Dr. Teresa Valentine, Ph.D., P.E., B.C.E.E., managing principal with Valentine Environmental Engineers is the AZ Water Association’s Engineer of the Year for 2014.  Valentine received the honor during the association’s 87th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Glendale, Arizona in May.

Valentine was recognized for her ingenuity in design principles that not only satisfy project specifications, but consistently allow room for more efficient operations and improved energy usage with proven results in significant time, money, and energy savings.  She works with municipalities and private firms to consistently research, evaluate, and test the latest in innovative technologies to improve overall water resource infrastructures and provide more sustainable energy solutions.

She recognizes the challenges in the water industry’s future – surface water shortages, water quality issues, aging infrastructures, and climate change – and she is a true ambassador for our industry to create change and champion system innovation and efficiency focused strategies.

Her leadership and expertise has been instrumental in producing innovative research and evaluation of water systems not only locally but around the world.  Valentine has been called on for her creative thinking to assist others such as FEMA for mobile water treatment units, as well as, the country of Brazil and Mexico for expansion of more energy efficient wastewater treatment facilities.

Valentine was also recognized in 2005 as the Young Professional Engineer of the Year. She is registered in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Hawaii.  She has a Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.

NEWS ABOUT THE YARNELL WATER SYSTEM

Valentine Environmental Engineers have been working with the Yarnell Water Improvement Association in an effort to assess and rebuild the Yarnell water system after the tragic fires last summer.  The first step was conducting a comprehensive evaluation of all of the damage created by the fire and by the firefighting efforts.  This also included the underground damage as a result of the heavy machinery being used to fight the fire.  Valentine donated their professional services to the YWIA for this evaluation and recommendations.

You can hear more about the tragedy and the aftermath during a presentation at the AZ Water 2014 Annual Conference on May 7 at 3:00p.m.  The presentation will go through the events during and after the fire from the unique perspective of the YWIA, the destructive impact of the fire on the system infrastructure, and how the YWIA has been able to respond to the initial firefighting needs; stabilize a crippled system to prepare for residents’ return; ensure an ongoing safe, potable water supply; and engage in short and long term system assessment and recovery planning.

We look forward to seeing you there.

A statement from YWIA:

The Yarnell Water Improvement Association (YWIA) is pleased to announce acceptance of a project proposal for engineering analysis and study to be conducted by Valentine Environmental Engineers.  This project is critical for recovery of YWIA from the Yarnell Hill Fire as it provides essential analysis to identity both near and long term repair and recovery needs as well as documentation to support requests for grant and in-kind donations. 

 This Engineering Analysis and Study is funded as a result of generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.  This project is also funded  in part by donations received by the Yavapai County Community Foundation and deposited with the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group for the recovery of these communities from the Yarnell Hill Fire.  Valentine Environmental Engineering is also supporting this project with their in-kind donation for some of the professional services provided for this project.

 To learn more about this project please e-mail yarnellwater@yahoo.com.

Yarnell Water Improvement Association

PO Box 727, Yarnell, AZ  85362

(928) 427 3321

 

Current Consumer Confidence Report available at  http://www.yarnellwater.com/

WHAT’S NEW AT VALENTINE’S?

Valentine Engineers at night

Valentine signage at night

Valentine Environmental Engineers

Valentine Engineers signage

Vision Statement in Lobby

Vision Statement in Lobby

Valentine Environmental Engineers Conference Room

Valentine Environmental Engineers Conference Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you drive up to Valentine Environmental Engineers, you will know that you are at the right place.  They recently installed new signage out front and you can’t miss it.  Check it out at night and it’s even a more spectacular show.  And if you haven’t dropped in lately, you can check out the new digs in our lobby and conference room.  You might be familiar with their continuous commitment to the environment and to the water industry.  Now, you can see how they translate that into their vision and tagline.

Please stop by, we’d love to see you!

CONGRATULATIONS! TERESA EARNS HER BCEE

Teresa Valentine PhD, PE, BCEE, Managing Principal

Teresa Valentine PhD, PE, BCEE, Managing Principal

Valentine Engineers is pleased to announce that Teresa Valentine, PhD, PE, Managing Principal earned her Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) Professional Credential from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

The Academy granted Teresa’s BCEE certification after she successfully demonstrated her competence of Water and Wastewater Engineering through a comprehensive exam.  Teresa’s 17 years of professional practice helped secure her accreditation. BCEE titles are internationally respected credentials, and recognize the top four percent of environmental engineering experts.

Dr. Teresa Valentine specializes in water, wastewater, and water reuse engineering and technologies.  She seeks out the latest innovations in water technology to incorporate sustainable development strategies in all stages of planning, design, construction, and maintenance.  She is managing principal of Valentine Engineers which has been providing engineering solutions for the past 14 years.  Teresa complements the design team with process knowledge related to wastewater treatment, odor control, water quality, and hydraulic analysis.

 

VALENTINE CONSULTS WITH UTILITIES INC. OF CENTRAL NEVADA (UICN)

UICN article

Teresa Valentine pictured on far left.

UICN is working with Valentine Engineers on some interim measures and a large master plan study.  Many Pahrump residents gave their testimony in November during a public airing regarding the Willow Creek Golf Course and its future options.   The golf course closed in 2008 and there has been no maintenance since then.  The immediate need for phase one is to remediate the ponds to provide for a reliable source of water, in addition to a clean source.  From there, they will start to discuss phase two and the hopes of a community project.

Read the whole story for Pahrump Valley Times by Mark Waite: http://pvtimes.com/news/willow-creek-plans-get-public-airing.html?j