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Building Healthier Communities

Water—we all need it for the health and well-being of ourselves and our world. But it’s finite. The protection and effective management, treatment, optimization and distribution of this vital limited resource is the core of our water practice at OHM Advisors.

As a specialized group of professionals educated in the fields of engineering, science and public planning with advanced modeling capabilities and full-service design and field services teams, we can guide our clients from analysis through construction for a wide range of water-related projects. For more than 50 years, we have helped communities and businesses manage their water and wastewater needs, protect their natural water resources and surrounding environments, and plan for the future.

Along the way, we’ve secured millions of project dollars from various funding sources and collaborated in governmental policymaking efforts to assist with these initiatives and become recognized as leaders in the field. We’ve helped our clients dream big and solve challenging problems through creativity and technological innovation. But most importantly, we’ve helped to build healthier communities—a fact that makes us proud and continues to inspire our work.

Markets Served

  • Cities, villages and townships
  • Utility authority organizations
  • Water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Industrial water and wastewater facilities
  • Park authorities
  • Watershed alliances

Innovation Spotlight

The City of Livonia, Michigan, is using digital technology to reduce water service disruptions. OHM Advisors Water Resources Engineer Susan Knepper talks to Autodesk about this proactive strategy.

Case Study

Water Services

Stormwater Management

Managing drainage systems is becoming more complex every year. Increased rainfall intensities, enhanced water quality standards and aging infrastructure are making it hard for communities to provide a level of service that meets the needs of their residents and businesses. We work with our clients to develop an approach that balances flood control, water quality and economic constraints. We can take the lead on any stormwater management challenge, including utility design, stormwater policy development, funding sources/enterprise funds, grant applications, permitting, regulatory assistance, modeling/analysis and construction-phase assistance.


Whether you are replacing old drainage systems, developing modern stormwater policies, or creating perpetual revenue streams, our focus is always on balancing complex system needs and requirements while also minimizing the impacts of stormwater discharged to our environment. We focus on our clients’ success by using the most effective tools to plan and design stormwater infrastructure that will help ensure livable and sustainable cities for the next century.

Drinking Water

Water sustains life on this planet and clean, safe drinking water is essential for all. Our experts deliver proven water supply, treatment and distribution engineering services, applying new technologies at every turn. We’re passionate about water quality and help communities navigate contaminants and the issues that come with them—from understanding what they are and where they come from, to interpreting and implementing governmental regulations, to communicating with residents and stakeholders about treatment, safety and other mitigating efforts.


Innovation is the backbone of our wastewater practice and is built into each and every project, resulting in practical solutions that deliver environmental benefits. Our talented wastewater and industrial wastewater professionals work with communities and private industry clients alike to design high-performance facilities, create strategic long-range infrastructure management plans, provide treatment and optimization solutions, and everything in between.


And whether the project is municipal or industrial, our experts design solutions built on the three pillars of sustainability—economic, environmental and social values—because sustainable solutions create thriving and vibrant businesses and communities.

Asset Management

Managing your community’s water assets is critical to preserving their lifespan and providing for present and future customers. Our team partners with your community to help you determine when your assets should be repaired or replaced and associated project costs. We’ll help craft a plan specific to your community that proceeds through thoughtful, researched steps, optimizes your current spending, and engages community leaders in important funding discussions to achieve infrastructure improvement goals.

Ecological Services

The protection of precious natural resources and delicate ecological systems is the focus of our Ecological Services team. Whether we’re planning shoreline habitat creation, designing stream channel stabilization and riparian restoration, or providing planning consultation on complex environmental construction projects, we take a holistic approach to help shape, preserve and restore our ecosystems and make natural spaces better for people.

Our expert ecologists and environmental engineers partner with you to understand your challenges related to shoreline and stream restoration, wetland delineation and mitigation, threatened and endangered species survey and protection, invasive species management, tree and forestry issues and more. We help create solutions that consider a variety of economic, social geographic and environmental factors from different perspectives, and provide a detailed plan that guides your community to its healthiest ecological future.

We don’t offer ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions to our clients. I thrive on getting to know a community, understanding its challenges, and tailoring a customized stormwater management solution that fulfills the client’s goals and impacts the greater good.

Nancy Russell
Project Manager

When I hire, I look for people with passion because with that, you can accomplish anything. You also need to have people who relate well to your mission, to be aligned in what you want to accomplish. When you get the right people and allow them the freedom to work in the way they work best, they’re engaged and they accomplish great things.

Vicki M. Putala
Vice President

Working with water is energizing! There is always a bigger picture at play since it is vital for life – and that is something each team member at OHM Advisors relates to.

Lambrina Tercala
Director of Environmental & Water Resources