Photo Gallery-Mystery Bug of the Month


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.




 Mystery Bug of the Month-January 2022

What's New!

We now have a brand new "Higher Life Form videos" in our Training CD list. Check out our new Wastewater Training Materials.  We are also in the process of developing new courses for our ""Online University" in order to meet the needs of our global customers that cannot travel to our public classes.


Heliozoan Amoeba wastewater biomass analyses

Heliozoa Amobae

These micrographs were taken from many different waste water samples.  Most of the objectives used were  100, 400x and 1000x.

In these photos there are many different sizes and shapes of heliozoan amoebae. Notice the numerous ong, thin pseudopodia raditing in all directions from the protozoan's spherical body, giving it its sun-like appearance thus the nickname sun animalcule Actinophrys sp.

Typically if amoebae are dominant it means a younger sludge.

Check for higher BOD loading in the influent, heavy rains that may bring in grease and oils if you are a municipality.

Higher production loads if you are an industry. Slightly decrease wasting is possible to get a thicker RAS temporarily or you can use bioaugmentation products to help increase your biomass if the influent BOD loading is significant.

Bioaugmentation can be used in the treatment plant or upstream in wetwells or the collection system.



We hope you like the new look of our Bug of the Month Gallery.

We kept the same organisms we had from the past, we just updated some of the pages with newer and better photos wherever possible.


Since each gallery can only hold so many photographs, we have broken down the Galleries by year. Please click on the links below to access each years Gallery. If you are interested to see more photos or Videos of each of these organisms  and others like them, you might want to consider purchasing our training materials- Higher Life Form Videos  or Wastewater Microbiology or Filamentous Identification


Below are links to other Bug of the Month Pages


We hope you like the new look of our Bug of the Month Gallery


Rotifers in wastewater

2022     Bug of the Month

Zooglea in wastewater biomass analyses

2021     Bug of the Month

algae in wastewater lagoons

2020 Bug of the Month

algae in wastewater lagoons

2019 Bug of the Month


2018 Bug of the Month



2017 Bug of the Month


Stalked ciliates 

2016 Bug of the Month

Stalked ciliates 

2015 Bug of the Month

Stalked ciliates 

2014 Bug of the Month

Stalked ciliates


2013 Bug of the Month

Stalked ciliates 

2012 Bug of the Month

Stalked ciliates bioaugmentation in paper mills

2011 Bug of the Month

Bristle worm 

2010 Bug of the Month

Older Bug of the Month photos from previous years can be found at

Past Issues of Bug of the Month


Now you can order Videos of our Higher Life Forms-Higher Life Form Video CD- $75.95


Contact us today to set up a Filamentous Identification of your MLSS and start saving money at your plant~EmailWastewater Training CDs and Custom Manuals us at: or Call at 630-906-9791

Click on Links below for direct information:


1 - Wastewater Biomass Analyses with Filamentous Identification Printable version



2 - Set of Stained Filaments-Microscope Slide Set. An excellent tool to train and help identify filaments.

microscope slides


3 - © Filamentous ID the Easy Way™ - Training CD a wealth of training information, educational photographs and troubleshootinig your own WWTP.  


4 - © Set of 4 Training CD's - These 4 Training CDs are a wealth of training information and educational photographs. Learn how to troubleshootingFOG removal, grease problems, bioaugmentation supplement your own WWTP. The set of 4 CD's include Microscopic Analyses, Wastewater Operators Training,  Filamentous Identification and Higher Life Forms. 




5 - Biological Products, Descriptions, Usage and Applications. Click here for Printable Pdf document.

6 - Wastewater Elearning   Check out our New ELearning wastewater training classes online, pre-approved ofr CEU's in many states


Check out our new Elearning Courses as well


WAstewater Elearning

***These courses have been pre-approved for  Wastewater CEU's in Alaska,  Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii,  Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Some states do not require pre-approval. If you need these approved for your state, please contact our office.

These courses are eligible for CEU's, Contact Hours or PDH (Professional development hour) in Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Utah and more to come.

Now approved in Canada for Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

**Some states give different credits than others. Not all states give credits solely based upon contact hours. Please contact our office if you need to know the approval codes and credit hours for your specific state.