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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



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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.




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We were asked over a year ago to come in and troubleshoot for a papermill with a once through lagoon.

We made some process recommendation, gave some training and revised their current bioaugmentation program. The final effluent had the best BOD in the history of the plant. But, since the plant was on a "sole source " agreement with a major supplier of all their chemicals, they were forced to go back to their original supplier for biological products.  Well, after just 6 months, the plants is back on our products and program. The results could not even come close on their program!


While we believe some of our products are specially formulated and are very good, the major thing we believe is important is the training, consulting, analyses and support that we have to offer.  But the real proof is in the final BOD number! Check to see how we compare. . . .


BOD final permit limits are 25 and TSS numbers are 30 ppm. We consistently hit close to 5 ppm BOD once the program was up and running! Very good for a papermill! Even the cold weather months with a normal slowdown in activity, the BOD was still on the mark!


TSS is more a function of the primaries and they just installed an umber of new thickeners, a new sludge recycle pump during various points in this trial, so TSS was not really an issue between both companies, but BOD was the real driver!

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FOG remediation using MicroClear products

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Case History :  Municipal Foaming and Nocardia

foam on aeration basin use MicroClear 201foaming on clarifier use MicroClear 201 scum buildup use MicroBlock and MicroClear 207

We started working with a municipality that had a history of foaming problems and Nocardia for years. They already were on a biological program.  We came in, audited the plant, made some process recommendations, changed the program to a dual program.  You can see solids build-up in the clarifier and the scum box is filled. The photo on the right is the thick Nocardia foam in the aeration basins.

For the first time the plant has actually seen MLSS in the aeration basins!

aeration basin use MicroClear 207 aeration basin using MicroClear 201 clarifer scum box use MicroClear 207

You can see the surface of the aeration basin, normal MLSS and the scum box now only has a small amount of scum.

This plant will have to fight grease and foaming continually until it has an upgrade to the system, since it does not have prescreening to remove some of the grease and solids that do come in to normal municipal systems. Optimization of the primary, changes to the solids handling in the clarifier and a minor adjustment to the bacterial program will help to keep the plant running more smoothly though in the meantime!

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Fats Oils and Grease Case histories

Bioaugmentation for FOG

Case History Grease Removal- Israel

Pump Station
Flow ~ 500 m3/Day
Treatment one 2 Lb. MicroBlock solid slow-release biological product - Click this line link for MicroBlock bioblock information.  MicroBlock bioblock liftstations

grease removal in lift station use MicroBlock bioblock grease removal use MicroBlock bioblock

February 14th 2007 prior to treatment

grease removal lift station use MicroBlock and BioNite grease removal lift station use MicroBlock and BioNite

February 20th 2007 after treatment

This case history with such a great success is from one of our distributors



If you have an activated sludge plant, many times minor process changes coupled with close monitor and control of the biomass can help quicken upset recovery or just increase process efficiency. Not all plants need biological additives. Some just need to improve "The Critical 5" parameters.

But some plants have constantly changing influents.  No matter how great a control they have, their biomass is in constant flux. Sometimes adding a biological product or micronutrients can help stabilize and increase the efficiency of the biomass.


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Biological Wastewater Treatment Training Classes


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        Key Benefits from Bioaugmentationwaterfall and MicroClear BioNite

increased BOD / TSS Removal
   Reduction in Polymer Consumption
   Decreased Environmental Liabilities
   Increase in System Reliablility & Efficiency
   Increased Sludge Reduction / Reduced Solids Handling Costs

Biological Products By Application/Click on the Individual Lines Below for Information

1    Activated sludge Systems
2    Ammonia Cultures for Nitrification
3    MicroBlock™ Bio block for Lift Station & Hard to Reach Tanks for FOG Control
4    Collection System / Sewer & Drain Cultures
5    Micronutrients
6    Grease Control (FOG) & Lift Station Maintenance
7    Lagoons / Troubleshooting & Algae Issues
8    Lakes, Ponds, Canals & River Remediation
9    Additional Products & Formulations

**Bioaugmentation Programs include technical support, computer based training and long term programs include occasional complimentary Wastewater Biomass Analyses of your system. Click this link Wastewater Biomass Analyses for more information.


Capabilities From Environmental Leverage Wastewater FOG & Bioaugmentation 

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1    Biological Products, Descriptions, Usage & Applications
2    Case Histories
3    More Case Histories
4    Grease and Foam Removal at a Texas Barbecue Restaurant
5    Biological Products for use in Wastewater Applications
6    Biological Wastewater Treatment Products Math

How Healthy Is Your Biomass ?

1    How are your bugs doing?
2    Filamentous Identification Training class
3    Filamentous Identification The Easy Way- Training Program CD
4    Wastewater Biomass Analyses Brochure
6    The Most Comprehensive Filamentous Bacteria Training Program you will find
7    Additional Training Materials

8    New Plant Start-Ups
9    Troubleshooting Wastewater Lagoons
10  Solids Handling Troubleshooting

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