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.




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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

This section is devoted to the many issues of wastewater training that seem to pop up at various wastewater treatment plants. There are always issues that are specific to each industry, each type of process equipment and geographical and environmental issues.

We will try to cover as many topics as possible for wastewater training and as often as each topic arises. Tracy Finnegan of Environmental Leverage Inc. has authored over 11 gigabytes of wastewater training and troubleshooting wastewater training information, so if there is a specific issue that is troubling your plant or treatment system and you would like to see it answered here or by email, feel free to drop us a line and let us know! We do not post all our newsletters on our website.

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Cold Weather: Oil & Grease (FOG) in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Winter-Spring transitions

What Are Those Strange Things I Am Looking At Under The Microscope?

Alum, Ferric or Lime addition- Why you need to be careful

Oil and Grease- What is it and how to get rid of it

Biosolids Land Application

Data Collection and Sample Interpretation

Solids Handling- Microscopic Analyses

Solids Handling Part II- Process Optimization



Links to Wastewater Troubleshooting Situations


Covid Impact on Nitrification

Oh no all my bugs are dead

Oh no, my nitrifiers are dead and I am not getting nitrification!

Duckweed, what is all the green stuff on my pond

Solid Grease build-up  in my lift stations


How do I know what my floc is supposed to look like



How Critical are the "Critical 5 Plus One"

I need to get rid of Grease in my lift Station

All foam is not alike

I Do Not Have Filaments at My Treatment Plant

What is Polysaccharide coating and what can it tell me about my biomass?

Tetrads or Cyanobacteria that cause Total Suspended Solids problems in lagoons

Amines in my Influent- Municipal Plants

How do I know if I have stained the filaments correctly or have identified the correct filament?

Troubleshooting a Lagoon System

Summer Wastewater Treatment Operational Problems

Stains, what to use and where to find them

New Plant Start-ups: foaming and other problems

Why you should do a Total Nitrogen Balance

Toxicity - Toxic Compounds

Clarifier Optimization

Primary Clarifiers- Problem Areas

How do I evaluate  biological products from one supplier to another?

What are Micronutrients - Q & A

Lowering your Surcharges to a local P.O.T.W. or municipality

Beneficial Reuse - A new way to optimize your plant

Solids Handling Alternatives - Biosolids Land Application as opposed to Landfills

Algae Problems and Solutions

Wild Weather impacts on your plant

Fall Turnover

Wastewater in the Fall - Problems and Solutions

Lagoon Wastewater issues in the Winter

How important are Nutrients

Are you overdosing nutrients ?

Digestors -Troubleshooting

Tankers and Septic Haulers

Filamentous bulking vs. Zoogleal bulking

What is growing in your Collection System?Fish farming

Equalization tanks and Wetwells

Wastewater in the Winter- Cold Weather Problems and Solutions

Biological Nutrient Removal

Aquafarming wastewater troubleshooting and tips

Septicity and Grease- impact on the wastewater treatment plant

Septicity In Wastewater

Toxic / Midnight Dumps - Illegal Meth labs

Boiler and Cooling Tower Blowdown

Water Digest Magazine- Cooling Tower Troubleshooting 3-2008 Fall cornfields

Antifoams- Basic information and When Not to Use Anti-Foams

"The Critical 5" in Additional Areas

Lab Testing and Troubleshooting

Rotating Biological Contactors - RBC's

Why should I use Bioaugmentation?

More on Safer Ships-Cleaner Oceans

Clarifier Sludge judge trial

Clarifier optimization

Sludge Dewatering

Land Application of Biosolids

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Spanish newsletter & documents: Click on links below

1    ¿Qué clase de impacto pueden tener biocidas en mi biomasa? (What kind of impact can biocides have on my biomass)

2    Cómo críticos son la "Crítica 5 más uno"? (How Critical are the critical 5 plus one)


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1    Micronutrients Q & A - Dual Program Bioaugmentation

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4    Biological Wastewater Treatment Products

5    Do you have a Treatment System Upset ? Biomass Analysis Information

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Wastewater Training Options

The greatest equipment and the most efficient, dedicated workers can be ineffective if they are not properly trained. At Environmental Leverage, we have years of experience in many process areas and technical expertise on equipment, systems and operations. Programs to optimize your system or custom training can be tailored to increase the reliability and efficiency of your plant. Look for self taught training materials and training courses below.


Wastewater basics   How to use the microscopeVisual troubleshooting a wastewater lagoonNitrification and denitrification


We have developed a full line of Training CD's and Elearning classes for training and operator CEU's.



Elearning and General Brochure Click for brochure

Online Wastewater Training ELearning -

Since wastewater training is such an integral part of any treatment system, we have been asked to develop an online waste water training program with some of our materials.
It is not always easy to get on a plane or travel attend a wastewater training class. Now you will be able to take waste water training courses at your leisure from your home or office.



Take a sneak peek inside our new Wastewater ELearning training courses with our ELearning Demo Make sure to create an account and log in.


Lab Poster


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Environmental Leverage Lab Poster for Wastewater Training. This Microbiology Poster has photos as well as descriptions and troubleshooting recommendations of common micro organisms found in most wastewater treatment plants.


Contact Environmental Leverage for more information about obtaining this poster for your lab or setting up hands on training, consulting and onsite audits.
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