Vicki Putala, OHM Advisors
Vicki Putala
Director of Environmental & Water Resources

With the firm for nearly 30 years, Vicki directs the Environmental & Water Resources Group. She oversees a team of engineers, scientists, planners, and hydrologists focused on the complex needs of clients responsible for water quality and water-related systems. Vicki uses her deep theoretical and practical knowledge of water system master planning and treatment to ensure quality in the firm’s work and overall client satisfaction across its range of water-specific services for entities across the public and private realms.

Adept at understanding client and public needs and genuinely desiring to help move them forward, Vicki embodies the trusted advisor role. She has been instrumental in solving complex water system problems and helping deliver project results that significantly impact a community for the better, such as the creation of the collaborative North Oakland County Water Authority for four Southeast Michigan communities. The project uniquely solved a regional water pressure problem, saves millions annually, and encourages other partnership efforts between communities. Vicki’s projects have won several awards from industry organizations, including the American Public Works Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Vicki was born and grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and her lifelong passion for water shows in her enthusiasm for the benefits that a well-run, equitable water system can have on people’s lives. She empowers her team members to explore their own passions and entrepreneurial desires, and mentors women engineers on creating their own path in the profession and networking with each other for mutual support. Vicki is an active member of the American Water Works Association and the Michigan Water Environment Association. She has presented at state and regional planning conferences and authored several papers on various water system topics in industry publications.

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.