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


Yarnell Water Improvement Association


PO Box 727, Yarnell, AZ  85362


(928) 427 3321



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