Biological Products:



Bioaugmentation products for Wastewater applications in Papermills, Refineries, Chemical, Tanneries, Municipalities, Textiles, Steel, Agriculture, Animal feedlot,  Gun Powder plant, Food and Beverage- Dairy Products, Orange Juice factory, Wineries, Cookie factory, Vegetable processing plant, Meat packing, Barbecue Restaurant, Aquaculture, Ornamental Ponds for algae control, CAFO, Nursing homes, Military, Campgrounds, Universities, Regulatory agencies



Lab Services:



Filamentous Identification Lab Service. One reason to identify filaments is to determine the filaments characteristics and then determine the type present.  If the type is found out, a root cause can usually be associated with a particular filament.  If the cause is known, then a correction can be made to alleviate problems. Chlorination is only a quick fix.  Without process changes, filaments will grow back after chlorination.

Wastewater Biomass Analyses and Cooling Tower Analyses also available


Training Materials:



Training is an integral part of any job. Not everyone is at the same level of training. Many people want beginning concepts and basics. Some need technical information or troubleshooting. Some want equipment, technology or process information.

We have developed a full set of Basic training, Advanced training, Filamentous Identification the Easy Way as well as custom training CD's Manuals. We also provide hands-on training classes and soon will have an Online "E-University".


Audits and Consulting:


At Environmental Leverage® Inc., we have a team of experienced individuals who come into your plant with a fresh pair of eyes.  The system is checked from influent to effluent.  System optimization, equipment efficiency and operational excellence are key components explored. Key Benefits Equipment efficiency Total Cost of Operation reductions Reliability and safety

An onsite audit is conducted to examine system parameters, process controls, and current monitor and control procedures. A physical walk-through is conducted, process flow diagrams are examined, previous design criteria are examined and current standard operating procedures are evaluated along with data logs.





What's New!

We have just added "Virtual Audits" to our capabilities. Check out our new Services.  We are in the process of developing new courses for our ""Online E-University" in order to meet the needs of our global customers that cannot travel to our public classes.Visit our new website

algaeMore than 10,000 living diatom species are known, there are over 8,000 species of Algae, there are 1500 species of  Blue Green algae or Cyanobacteria, there are 6000 species of red algae or Rhodophyta . . . . the list goes on and on- ok, so identification is not as important as why is it growing, how it impacts my plant and how to get rid of it!!!


Similar Organisms:


Fungi and filamentous bacteria can be similar to Cyanophaecae or algae, the difference will be in the coloring due to the pigments from Chlorophyll used during photosynthesis.


clarifier algaeEnvironment:


Algae can be found in a variety of environments, soil,  fresh or saltwater. They come in various sizes and shapes. They can be single celled, have flagella and be motile, they can be branched.  They can be red, green, brown or blue-green.


They are usually common in a biotowers or a trickling filter. They can be found in many clarifiers, and in many lagoon or pond systems. They are often found in ornamental ponds or fountains.  They are usually not dominant in an activated sludge, due to the amount of MLSS present, and sunlight cannot penetrate through the MLSS.  They can cause "plugging or ponding".




There are various different controls depending upon the type of system, the cause and the location of the algae. See our troubleshooting guide for Algae problems.


lagoon algaeProblems associated with Algae:

Algae can cause numerous problems.  Algae can cause TSS problems in a system, can give false BOD readings, can clog pumps, cause short circuiting if build-up is on the weirs of a clarifier.


These photomicrographs were taken from many wastewater samples.  Most of the objectives used were  100x and 400x. Some photos were taken at 1000x.


Come take a closer look at the amazing world under the microscope!






 The Green Algae

This phylum Includes about 7,500 species that occur in a rich variety of forms and occur in diverse, widespread habitats.
 The Greatest variety of algae are found in freshwater lakes, ponds, and streams.
« Most have a single nucleus.
« Most reproduce both sexually and asexually.

Most green algae contain two forms of chlorophyll, which they use to capture light energy to fuel the manufacture of sugars

Ask how a Biological Maintenance Program or Sludge Reduction Program can help you improve your system and cut back on Algae problems. . . .. Email us at or call us at 630-906-9791


Bioaugmenation in Rivers and Lakes


Call Environmental Leverage today to learn more about an Algae control program!

MicroClear 101

Microscopic analyses of your system

More Troubleshooting

Algae in Wastewater Lagoons

Algae in various parts of a treatment plantwaterfall

Algae in Ornamental or small ponds

Algae in Lakes

Algae in Large Lakes

Algae in Clarifiers

Algae Species

Algae Photomicrographs

Algae Removal- Bioaugmentation

Algae Problems and solutions

Algae in Various parts of the PlantMicroClear 101 for Algae control lagoons and wastewater treatment

Mystery bug of the Month- Algae

Salton Sea Diatoms

Salton Sea Algae

Salton Sea Free swimming ciliates