O&M Solutions: At the Cutting Edge of Wastewater System Operations and Maintenance
Greg Seaman, Founder and President
“Currently, 62.5 billion gallons of wastewater is being treated per day by centralized wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). However, across all sizes of WWTPs, most systems, on an average, are operating at 81 percent of their design capacity; only 15 percent of systems are at—or have exceeded—that threshold.” —a snippet from a recent Statista report on the U.S. wastewater industry.
The looming question here is: Can facility owners and the ever-evolving regulatory community find it easier to operate as equal stakeholders in tackling suboptimal wastewater treatment processes? At the same time, can facility owners seamlessly cope with aging infrastructure and spiraling costs? O&M Solutions answers with a resounding, “Yes.”
WWTPs are increasingly making strides to address current and future requisites through resilient planning and innovations for their sustainable operations and profitable outcomes. And in their venture, NJ-based O&M Solutions is their constant guide. From rehabilitating older facilities and helping them comply with current regulatory standards to maintaining fully operational plants or starting up newly constructed projects, O&M Solutions is a one-stop shop for all water and wastewater treatment needs.
Tackling Wastewater Treatment Challenges at Their Core
O&M Solutions thoroughly investigates each unique problem to provide long-term solutions. The company’s founder and president, Greg Seaman, believes, “Rather than seeking affordable, quick fixes, what treatment facility owners really need first is understanding the lifecycle cost of their equipment’s operations and maintenance. Only then can they budget more realistically and be prepared to embark on smarter project upgrades.” To put it simply, the plant owners need a “wholesome approach,” wherein they evaluate each piece of equipment, and based on the insights they receive, set up predictive maintenance. This practice enables them to decide ahead of time whether to repair or replace certain components. That way, not only do they reduce their annual operating costs, they also streamline their budget for the next five years. Enabling plant owners to implement this wholesome approach is O&M Solutions.
The company is well-positioned to achieve such a feat by leaning on Seaman’s nearly 35 years of experience in the public sector as a licensed operator of WWTPs. Having worked on the other side of the fence for decades, Seaman knows precisely how important it is for facility owners to ensure the treatment plants run smoothly and optimally.
O&M Solutions is a one-stop shop for all water and wastewater treatment needs
Thus, with a full staff of licensed operators, Seaman is dedicated to abridging every intricate O&M task of the treatment plant owners and operators. To that end, “high-quality output is the strongest suit of our comprehensive WWTP management services,” he says.
Employing a Winning Onboarding Methodology that Breeds Success
Under the hood of O&M Solutions’s excellence in WWTP services is a unique three-tiered approach that the company follows when onboarding clients. “We start by understanding their present situation, as in, ‘Where are they right now?’. So, our first focus is always checking what technical and non-technical support they need to ensure regulatory compliance,” says Seaman. Once the process is set in motion, the second stage is about determining how to keep the client performing consistently once they fulfill regulatory compliance. Seaman adds about the third stage, “Our task revolves around continuously making it easier for our clients to implement new technologies or upgrade antiquated equipment down the road. That’s the basic blueprint for all of our client collaborations.”
Describing how this approach works for the client, Seaman narrates the instance of a longstanding healthcare facility. The facility’s wastewater treatment plant was old and running inefficiently. O&M Solutions was onboarded, and its first task was to help the healthcare facility detangle regulatory issues with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). When those immediate roadblocks were cleared, O&M Solutions began to identify the necessary repairs and upgrades of equipment in that facility to ensure compliance over the next several years. “And right now, we are in talks with the facility about their long-term capital improvement plan for optimizing the potential of their treatment plant to its fullest level,” shares Seaman.
Along with such outstanding client success stories, today, the company’s role is further recognized because of its ability to bridge the gap between treatment plant owners and the regulatory community. “We try to remind all the stakeholders that we’re all in this together. This understanding is crucial to boost confidence among plant owners, operators, and regulators to work in unison and tackle the problem with a greater good in mind,” explains Seaman. Propelling with that mindset, O&M Solutions is now prepping itself for lateral expansion and is in the process of acquiring a pump control, automation, and repair business. At the same time, the company is also developing relationships with product manufacturers to be a part of their installation or service division. With such strategic acquisitions and partnerships, Seaman intends to continually improve what O&M Solutions does best—offering advanced operations and maintenance services for wastewater treatment plants. The future, therefore, shines brightly for the company.
Description From rehabilitating older facilities and helping them comply with current regulatory standards to maintaining fully operational plants or starting up newly constructed projects, O&M Solutions is a one-stop shop for all water and wastewater treatment needs. The company is especially well-positioned to achieve such a feat by leaning on Seaman’s nearly 35 years of experience in the public sector as a licensed operator of WWTPs. Having worked on the other side of the fence for decades, Seaman knows precisely how important it is for facility owners to ensure the treatment plants run smoothly and optimally. Thus, with a full staff of licensed operators, Seaman is dedicated to abridging every intricate O&M task of the treatment plant owners and operators. To that end, high-quality output is the strongest suit of the company’s comprehensive WWTP management services
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