November 29, 2007 12:31 ET

CH2M HILL OMI's Longest O&M Partnership to Continue Another 10 Years

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Building on a partnership that began 25 years ago, city council members in Lebanon, Ore., have unanimously voted for an early renewal of CH2M HILL OMI's contract for continued operations and maintenance of the city's wastewater and water systems.

The new 10-year agreement, approved Oct. 24, was signed Nov. 28.

Lebanon awarded CH2M HILL OMI its first full O&M project back in 1982, helping launch what has since become the industry's top provider of contract O&M services, O&M consulting, public works and municipal services. Following in Lebanon's footsteps, several other Oregon cities through the years have selected CH2M HILL OMI as their partner, including Hood River, Roseburg, Coos Bay, Sweet Home and Dallas.

"Lebanon was one of the pioneers in realizing the benefits of contract operations and maintenance partnerships, and we're proud to continue working for this progressive city today -- providing not only our O&M expertise but also engineering and construction services from the rest of our enterprise," says Mark Lasswell, president of CH2M HILL OMI.

City officials also selected CH2M HILL to design and build a Siemens Cannibal® Solids Reduction System at the wastewater treatment plant. The project is expected to reduce the amount of biosolids produced and lower disposal costs. CH2M HILL has provided engineering expertise to the city for more than 40 years.

When CH2M HILL OMI first began working with Lebanon in 1982, the company was responsible only for the 3-million-gallon-per-day wastewater plant and associated biosolids handling. Just two years later, the wastewater facility was named Plant of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Control Association for its energy-conserving techniques. The partnership subsequently expanded to include O&M of an 8-mgd water treatment plant.

Clients in government and industry rely on the people of CH2M HILL OMI to provide a range of custom-tailored operations and maintenance solutions. The company's services include water and wastewater system optimization; contract O&M of water, wastewater and other utilities; and complete municipal operations, including administration, public works and community development -- all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation and customer service. Founded by CH2M HILL in 1980, the Denver-based company serves clients in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

Employee-owned CH2M HILL is a $5 billion global firm providing engineering, construction, operations and related technical services to public and private clients. For more information, visit

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