Wastewater Lift Stations


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.




Troubleshooting- Grease removal in Lift Stations

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grease in lift stationsWastewater lift stations are used to help transport liquid wastewater from homes and businesses across the City to the wastewater treatment plant for processing and cleaning.


Lift Stations

Sewage lift stations are by definition installed in a difficult operating environment. The commonly used prefabricated steel "can" stations are constantly subjected to a corrosive environment on both the interior and exterior of the station. Because these structures are out of sight they often do not receive the type of care and maintenance needed to protect steel surfaces.



grease in lift stationA significant problem many times with lift stations is FOG as well as odor generation. In addition to concerns for sewer personnel exposed to accumulated gases, sewer gases left to accumulate in air-tight environments can create additional toxic gases and underground potential for explosion, stagnation, and dead space in lines. Aeration is an option to reduce odor. Many odors accumulate because of oxygen-deficient environments. The cost to retrofit old sewer systems (lines, stations, can be astronomical for a municipality.   Sometimes chemicals such as sodium nitrate are added to increase oxygen content in the water and provide the bacteria  an alternate oxygen source when free oxygen from mechanical sources is not available. This prevents H2S formation from facultative or anaerobic bacteria. Pine Scented blocks also have been added to neutralize odors so that neighbors are not complaining.



Fats, oil and grease - - also called FOG in the wastewater business - - can have negative impacts on wastewater collection and treatment systems. Most wastewater collection system blockages can be traced to FOG. Blockages in the wastewater collection system are serious, causing sewage spills, manhole overflows, or sewage backups in homes and businesses. With the increase in fast food restaurants, many municipalities are having problems with an increase in grease build-up in their lift stations. 

grease in lift stationWhy is grease a problem?

In the sewage collection and treatment business Grease or FOG is singled out for special attention because of its poor solubility in water and its tendency to separate from the liquid solution.


Large amounts of oil and grease in the wastewater cause trouble in the collection system pipes. It decreases pipe capacity and, therefore, requires that piping systems be cleaned more often and/or some piping to be replaced sooner than otherwise expected. Oil and grease also hamper effective treatment at the wastewater treatment plant. Grease is the number one cause of foaming and bulking, especially Nocardia and M. parvicella.


Grease in a warm liquid may not appear harmful. But, as the liquid cools, the grease or fat congeals and causes nauseous mats on the surface of settling tanks, digesters, and the interior of pipes and other surfaces which may cause a shutdown of wastewater treatment units.lift station grease removal


grease removal in lift stationProblems caused by wastes from restaurants and other grease-producing establishments have served as the basis for ordinances and regulations governing the discharge of grease materials to the sanitary sewer system. This type of waste has forced the requirement of the installation of preliminary treatment facilities, commonly known as grease traps or interceptors. Two years ago, the federal government raised the required temperatures for restaurants from 180 degrees to 210 degrees. The impact on this is that the grease now does not cool down in the grease traps, but later in the pipes or lift stations.


Grease can harden and cause floating "turtles" in the lift station that are hard to break down. These can easily clog pipe openings and cause serious problems if they make their way through the system.


grease turtles turtles grease ledge in lift station         MicroClear 207 and MicroBlock bioaugmentation

Grease can cause a scum layer to build up on the sidewalls of the lift station.

One way to help solve the problems for Grease build-up is to add biological products. Pictured above is 2 products for use upstream in lift stations and whereever grease has built up. With water soluble pouches or solid block formulations makes ease of use. Not only does it help eliminate grease build-up, it lowers maintenance costs, helps to control odors and helps to keep the lines clean also. Biological products are used to actually digest and convert the grease to biosolids in the lift station and the pipes as opposed to chemicals which move the grease from point A to point B. Chemicals may remove grease fromgrease removal in lift station the lift station, but they can push it down into the pipes, cause clogging, or send it down to the wastewater treatment plant and cause problems in the primary or secondary system.  Nocardia and Microthrix are filaments that can cause  huge problems with foaming or bulking in a secondary wastewater treatment system if there are high levels of grease.


   Click Sentence below for FOG & Odor control products.

   Bioaugmentation Products for FOG Control in Wastewater.




More information on Grease (FOG), Click links below:FOG removal & Grease removal in liftstation with Bacteria Products

1    Collection systems and Sewers

2    Wastewater Lift stations

3    Grease and Septicity

4    Grease in Lift stations

5    Collection systems troubleshooting for Grease and Oil (FOG)

6    Cold, Oil and Grease

7    Controlling FOG in Municipalities and Industrial Facilities with MicroClear®  BioNite™


What is growing in your Collection System?

Bioaugmentation Solutions for Lift stations, Wet Wells and Collection Systems;
Click on the green product name for printable product Pdf.

1    MicroBlock - Solid block biological products that are specificallyFOG Control Liftstation Grease Bio Block MicroBlock formulated and packaged for use in lift stations

and large restaurant grease traps to remove grease build-up and help increase degradation capabilities.


2    MicroClear 207 - Lift Station Formulation bacterial formulation is used for softening and degrading food type fat, oils and grease in lift stations but can also be used in any high grease environment.


3    Restaurant formulation-This biological product is a high strength formulation developed to degrade fats oils and grease quickly. It can be used in restaurants, grease traps and drain fields where food based grease is a problem.


4    Sewer Formulation - This product is an improved biological product for Odor Control and FOG digestion. Specifically formulated and packaged for use in sewers to help degrade grease build-up and stop blockage.


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