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Water

{ Putting water to work }

Long before it flows from a customer’s tap, our team is pioneering new approaches to enhance water quality — at a reasonable cost.

Sustainable solutions — from reservoir to tap.

Whether it’s securing ample water supplies, treating water to meet stringent drinking standards, or delivering water through an aging distribution system, we use our creativity to develop sustainable and affordable solutions. Beyond the challenges facing public water facilities, our industrial water specialists provide high-purity water and water-saving techniques that address specific industry needs.

Water supply and treatment

OBG empathizes with clients who are faced with the challenges of securing ample water supplies, treating the water to stringent drinking water standards, and delivering that water through an aging distribution system, all at a reasonable cost. Our team uses this empathy to drive creative, client-focused solutions whether the need be transforming former quarries into reservoirs, reducing chemical and energy costs with advanced treatment technologies, or pioneering new approaches to maintain water quality all the way to the customer’s tap. Our industrial water specialists go beyond the meter and provide high-purity water and water-saving techniques that address the needs of industry. By optimizing the use of water and existing water system assets, we find a way to achieve sustainable, affordable solutions.

Wastewater treatment

For more than four decades, OBG has been at the forefront of wastewater treatment, helping our clients meet increasingly stringent requirements for effluent quality and overflow abatement. Today, we’re taking the lead again with holistic approaches to recovering energy and nutrients from sewage, incorporating advanced and forward-thinking industrial treatment technologies and providing economical methods for biosolids disposal and reuse.

Our team focuses on current and upcoming regulations (persistent compounds, nutrients, trace elements, and emerging contaminants) that confront our clients and challenge existing and new manufacturing facilities to meet industrial discharge limits. The combination of our in-house applied technology and treatability laboratory, engineering, construction, and operations drives action and solutions for our clients.

Wet infrastructure

With much of the nation’s aging water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure continuing to fail, our team offers more self-reliant and sustainable solutions than ever before — integrating trenchless technologies that minimize community impact and reduce costs.

Case Studies

There’s a way to answer every challenge with integrity.

Our case studies best illustrate how our integrated approach blends expertise from across our company into every project while adhering to our mission in every phase.

Best working experience with any engineering firm — technically strong and highly responsive to our needs.

Providence Water

"Our water team thrives on exceeding client expectations which takes more than great engineering or even advanced technology. It takes true collaboration, and delivering solutions tailored to each client’s unique needs."

David Wilkes, PE, BCEE
Senior VP, Water Service Leader

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O’Brien & Gere Insights:

Drinking water, wastewater, and emerging contaminants

May 23, 2017—Whether securing ample water supplies, treating water to meet stringent drinking standards, or delivering water through an aging distribution system, OBG develops sustainable and affordable solutions. Beyond the challenges facing public water facilities, OBG industrial water specialists provide high-purity water and... Read more...

WasteExpo 2017

May 15, 2017—OBG recently presented during WasteExpo 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 8-11, 2017. The OBG expert team shared experiences and expertise in solid waste management during the conference and at the event's Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Summit, a day of learning... Read more...

NYSAWWA New York Water Event

May 01, 2017—OBG water experts Lori Reid, PE and Steve Delano, PE recently presented during the New York Section of the American Water Works Association New York Water Event on April 25-27, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, New York. View our presentations: Side-by-Side Piloting of Process Alternatives Yields Direct ... Read more...

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 18, 2017—OBG experts recently presented during the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo on April 10–12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event brings together industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected biomass utilization industries, including biobased power, thermal energy, fuels, and chemicals. View our presentations: Anae... Read more...

Improving a Virginia water supply dam to pass its spillway design flood

March 10, 2017—OBG has worked alongside the Stafford County, Virginia Department of Utilities to evaluate the impact of the 2015 statewide probable maximum precipitation study (which defined the maximum depth of precipitation that is physically possible for storm areas and duration in Virginia) on the spillway... Read more...

Emerging contaminants in NYS and their effect on the chemistry business

January 26, 2017—OBG’s Scott Grieco, PhD, PE recently presented at the New York State Chemistry Council Annual Policy & Legislative Meeting on January 24, 2017 in Albany, New York. Dr. Grieco shared his expertise on emerging contaminants in New York State and their effect on the business of chemistry. With re... Read more...

NYS Business Council's 2016 Environment Conference

November 18, 2016—On November 14-16, OBG participated in the 2016 Annual Environment Conference, held by The Business Council of New York State in Saratoga Springs, NY. This two-day event brings together experts from the private and public sectors to share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York... Read more...

Minimal Biosolids Stabilization for Maximum Biogas Production

October 06, 2016—Trends in the Northeast are moving toward stricter landfilling regulations. Should stricter regulations be enforced, anaerobic digestion offers a potential solution to biosolids management, shifting biogas production from the landfill to the treatment facility. However, given current regulations, landfilling biosolids offers the most cost effective option and greatest energy benefit... Read more...

WaterJAM 2016

September 27, 2016—OBG experts recently presented during WaterJAM 2016 on September 12-15 in Virginia Beach, VA. The annual conference, hosted by the Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association (VA AWWA) and the Virginia Water Environment Association, brings together water and wastewater professionals from across the U.S. to share experiences and... Read more...

2016 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference

September 12, 2016—OBG delivered six presentations at the Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference, which took place on August 30 - September 2, 2016 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. The annual conference brings together experts to share their experiences and expertise in meeting water, wastewater, and environmental challenges. View our presentations:... Read more...

Treating Emerging Contaminants presentation now available

July 27, 2016—Emerging contaminants (ECs) and micropollutants are becoming a global environmental problem as there is increasing information linking them to environmental and human health hazards. Recent studies have shown that conventional technologies such as biological treatment or activated carbon adsorption can successfully remove many of the identified ECs. Others may... Read more...

Chris Kriegner presents at WODCON XXI

June 29, 2016—Chris Kriegner, PMP, a scientist at OBG and expert in natural resource management, recently presented at the 21st World Dredging Congress & Exhibition WODCON XXI—the only global event dedicated exclusively to dredging and maritime construction. Kriegner joined more than 120 other professionals presenting on dredging related developments and projects from... Read more...

OBG experts present at Battelle's 2016 Chlorinated Conference

June 02, 2016—OBG scientists and engineers delivered five platform presentations and six posters during Battelle’s Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. The conference, held in Palm Springs, CA on May 22-26, 2016, drew more than 1,000 environmental professionals from more than 30 countries to share expertise on environmental remediation, as... Read more...

Battelle’s Chlorinated Conference: Presenting on environmental remediation, assessment, and management

May 19, 2016—Many of OBG’s environmental experts will be presenting at Battelle’s Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds on May 22-26, 2016, in Palm Springs, CA. Our team of experts will share the latest thinking on environmental remediation, assessment, and management, including the following presentations from James Cavo... Read more...

Frank DeOrio discusses innovative leachate treatment in Waste360

April 07, 2016—Frank DeOrio, a manager in OBG’s environment brand, recently spoke with Waste360, a trade publication for the waste and recycling communities, about the current state of leachate treatment for landfill operators. In this article, DeOrio discusses challenges in the treatment and disposal of leachate, including increasingly stricter effluent limits an... Read more...

What you need to know: Step-by-step approach to NY cooling tower regulations

September 10, 2015— Recent outbreaks and the prevalence of Legionella bacteria in cooling towers has led the New York State (NYS) Department of Health to enact emergency regulations for all cooling tower owners statewide. These new regulations have established critical deadlines and guidance to protect the public from further exposure to the bacteria.... Read more...

New article cautions users of wetland boundary information

July 09, 2015—Experts from OBG’s Natural Resource & Restoration practice published an article discussing the precision limitations inherent in wetland delineation and cautions the users of wetland boundary information to not treat delineated boundaries as precise features. Methods containing subjectivity and extrinsic factors such as anthropogenic disturbance and long term climatic ch... Read more...