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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:

WaterJAM 2018

September 17, 2018—OBG recently took park in the Virginia WaterJAM 2018 conference, hosted by the Virginia Section American Water Works Association and Virginia Water Environment Association, in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 10-13, 2018. Themed Waves of Innovation, this year's conference highlighted the water industry’s commitment to excellence in protection of the public an... Read more...

2018 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference

September 05, 2018—OBG recently took part in the 2018 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference on August 28-31, 2018 in Ocean City, Maryland. The annual conference brings together water and wastewater professionals, as well as industrial and municipal planners and leaders, to share insights into the challenges facing the water industry. ... Read more...

Integrating floodplain and stormwater management: Q&A with Shaun Gannon

August 23, 2018—Shaun Gannon has more than 20 years of experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling related to watershed management, flood resiliency, dam safety regulations, interior flood control, hydraulic structures, and flood insurance studies. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Diplomate of the American Academy of... Read more...

International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2018

August 13, 2018—OBG recently took part in the 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2018 (ICCE 2018) on July 30-August 3, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. During the conference, OBG’s team of experts shared how OBG’s multi-disciplinary engineering and project delivery solutions are addressing resiliency, vulnerability, and other unique challenges presented by highly comp... Read more...

NCMA Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety School 2018

August 08, 2018—A proud business partner of the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA), OBG recently took part in the NCMA’s Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School on August 6-7, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the conference, OBG’s Bob Bell, PE, a water infrastructure expert, delivered a presentation on industrial wast... Read more...

Restoring the Sauquoit Creek Floodplain in New York

August 07, 2018—The Town of Whitestown and Village of Whitesboro in New York are prone to severe and widespread flooding of the Sauquoit Creek. These communities experienced devastating flooding from prolonged intense rainfall in July 2017, and in February 2018, unseasonably warm temperatures and rainfall again resulted in widespread flooding in the Village... Read more...

OBG's 2017 Year in Review - Growth & Performance

August 06, 2018—The 2017 Annual Report is overwhelmingly positive and provides a window into OBG’s strong culture, talented leadership and people, and tremendous drive for results. Within this report, you will see examples of meaningful engagement shared by our people and our clients, as well as highlights of thought leadership, innovative and in... Read more...

Advancing mobile data collection

June 18, 2018—As GIS (geographic information systems) services have already become the expectation of many clients in the industry for largescale data collection efforts, OBG has taken this technology to a new level by creating a web application that is advancing how the company collects and shares data. Developed through OBG’s in... Read more...

New York’s Water Event 2018

April 17, 2018—OBG recently took part in the American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA) New York's Water Event on April 10-12, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, New York. During the conference, OBG’s team of water exerts shared some of the latest thinking on protecting and restoring drinking water quality, and addressing em... Read more...

Advancing technical tools to improve municipal wet infrastructure - Meet Doug Jenkins, PE

March 19, 2018—Charles Douglas (Doug) Jenkins, PE joined OBG in March as Director of Wet Infrastructure, bringing leadership in the water industry and specifically in conveyance, water supply and distribution, and sewer and manhole repair and replacement. For more than 25 years, Doug has been the technical lead for major programs and projects... Read more...

Improving performance and reliability in wastewater treatment: Q&A with Dr. Mark Greene

March 15, 2018—Mark Greene, PhD is a leader in providing technical guidance for wastewater treatment and biosolids handling applications. He is an expert in biological wastewater treatment, particularly in the areas of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion for biosolids and high-strength industrial wastewater, and environmental process research and development. He... Read more...

Hydraulic modeling for hazard potential classification of dams

March 12, 2018—OBG recently took part in the Virginia Water Conference, which was hosted by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) on March 4-6, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.  During the conference's dam safety session, OBG's Johan Anestad, PE and Ahintha Kandamby, PhD, EIT discussed the importance of using two-dimensional (2D)... Read more...

Safety training for Arkansas dam owners

March 06, 2018—Most activities within the dam safety community are geared toward reducing the risk of dam failure. As dams continue to age across the country, more and more are considered deficient from a dam safety perspective. Dam repairs and upgrades and proper operation and maintenance plans are important for preventing failures... Read more...

How will the fresh water nutrient criteria affect your wastewater treatment plant?

February 10, 2018—A federal water quality criteria change called the Ammonia rule is making its way through the U.S. and may require operational changes or capital improvements to your wastewater treatment plant to meet tighter effluent limits. It’s important to understand key issues, al... Read more...

OBG hosts seminar on drinking water quality

December 15, 2017—OBG recently held a seminar on drinking water quality for industry professionals on December 5, 2017 in Liverpool, New York. Presented in partnership with UGSI Solutions (UGSI), the seminar offered presentations from industry experts on water quality control and management strategies, as well as a panel discussion and Q&A... Read more...

Bill Meinert, PE presents on piloting and design of DC Water's pumping station odor control

October 10, 2017— On October 4, 2017, Bill Meinert, PE, a wastewater practice leader at OBG, presented at WEFTEC 2017, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is the largest of its kind in North America and offers water quality education and training to water quality professionals from ar... Read more...

2017 Tifft Water Supply Symposium

September 26, 2017—OBG sponsored, presented, and exhibited at the 2017 Edwin C. Tifft Jr. Water Supply Symposium, which took place on September 20 - 21, 2017 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown in Syracuse, New York. Hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) New York Section, the symposium features educational sessions... Read more...

WaterJAM 2017 Conference

September 21, 2017—OBG delivered three presentations at the WaterJAM 2017 Conference, which took place on September 11 - 14, 2017 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. The annual conference brings together experts to share their experiences and expertise in meeting water and wastewater infrastructure challenges. Our team of experts also challenged attendees to... Read more...

2017 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference

September 08, 2017—OBG delivered five presentations at the Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference, which took place on August 29 - September 1, 2017 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 quality and water environment challenges. View our presentations:... Read more...

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...