Drinking Water Systems

Keeping Communities Healthy

It’s our goal to help communities provide equitable access to clean drinking water. Whether we’re procuring funds for system improvements, designing storage and treatment facilities or creating strategies for lowering water distribution costs, we have the tools and expertise to keep your community healthy.

Our experts focus not only on delivering clean water to communities, but also on understanding demand use patterns – through extensive modeling and analytics – that result in significant cost savings when purchasing water from suppliers.

  • West Park Drive Water Storage Reservoir & Pump Station Modifications | Novi, MI

    New ground storage tank mitigates annual water rate increases resulting in significant savings for users; bonus: it's an award-winning project

  • Water Tower | Orion Township, MI

    Water tower designed without pumps efficiently reduces water rates by 20-30% and improves water system reliability

  • Elevated Water Storage Tank | Farmington Hills, MI

    Tallest composite water tower in Michigan saves community $3.5M annually

  • Water Storage Tank | Canton Township, MI

    Sized to accommodate future growth and development, the design of Canton’s water storage tank decreases peak hour demand and results in reduced rates

  • Water System Storage Operational Changes | Northville, MI

    Design of new operational scheme that optimized use of city's storage tanks to minimize rates from the supplier

  • City-Wide Water System Improvements | Hancock, MI

    Design and construction of over $3.5 million of water system upgrades

  • Third Connection Booster Station | Charter Township of Superior, MI

    Design of booster station with flexible configuration to accommodate anticipated growth and variable supply pressure conditions by the source water suppliers

Modeling and Analysis

Our engineers have in-depth experience in hydraulic modeling and regularly develop water supply plans and source protection plans. Cutting edge hydraulic modeling capabilities, including smart water and sewer technology, allow us to better understand the behavior of the systems we design and improve their long-term performance, a key to successful and sustainable water engineering.

We have the technical resources, knowledge, and multi-disciplinary expertise to bring environmentally responsible water resources solutions that satisfy your needs and successfully address regulatory requirements and diverse stakeholder interests. Our team of water resource experts masterfully applies experiences gained in emerging technologies to provide technical solutions that are smart, sustainable, and based on sound scientific and engineering analysis.


Vicki Putala, PE, Director, Environmental Water Resources Group  

Vicki says that water is her passion – meaning, she is passionate about the benefits of a well-run, equitable water system can have on people. As director of our Environmental Water Resources Group, she is responsible for overall client satisfaction and quality of work.

With nearly three decades of experience, Vicki serves as our go-to expert on drinking water system master planning, and water and wastewater treatment. She embodies the trusted advisor role, adeptly understanding client and public needs. Her projects have won several awards from industry organizations, including the American Public Works Association (APWA) and American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

"Our passion for water might even be considered a bit crazy, but we're fascinated by every aspect of it. Ensuring that people have safe, reliable drinking water at affordable costs truly energizes us. When you can accomplish that through community collaboration, technical ingenuity and smart system operation, it's the ultimate achievement."
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Project Spotlight

Farmington Hills, MI elevated water storage tank featured Drinking Water Systems projectElevated Water Storage Tank and Water System Improvements | Farmington Hills, MI

As part of a water system sustainability plan study, OHM Advisors projected that the City of Farmington Hills, MI could save approximately $3.5 million annually by reducing peak water system demand by installing a 3.0 MG elevated storage tank. Our team assisted in fast-track design services to make the project bid-ready within three months of project initiation. At time of design, this was the largest composite tank in the United States. A second phase of the project included the design and construction of several new control valves, SCADA and necessary water main to connect the tank to the rest of the water system.

"The Farmington Hills Elevated Storage Tank and Water System Improvements is a true success story. OHM Advisors' dedication to this project was admirable. They provided creative problem solving processes and the necessary resources to ensure the project stayed on schedule so that we could meet our promise of rate savings to the community."
Karen Mondora, PE - Director of Public Services, City of Farmington Hills, MI

Core Services


Experts in grant and loan programs, applications and administration, we can help you navigate the nuances of project funding, including Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) loans.

Studies and Analysis

Master Plans
Water Reliability Studies and General Plans
Demand Analysis
Hydraulic and Transient Modeling
Asset Management
Capital Improvement Plans
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Design and Construction

Water Treatment
Chemical Treatment
Well House and Well Fields
Pump Stations
Storage Tanks
Control Valves
Water Main


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