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
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 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.
Grease removal in lift stations
We have just added "Virtual Audits" to our capabilities. Check out our new Services. We are in the process of developing an ""Online E-University" in order to meet the needs of our global customers that cannot travel to our public classes. Stay tuned for details and updates.
Operators of sewerage systems know that grease and FOG in lift stations is a major problem. The grease obstructs floats and reduces the life of pumps leading to SSO's and a need for frequent service. Obstruction by grease is the most prevalent cause of force main backups and sewage overflows, costing the industry billions of dollars annually. The majority of sewer line blockages are caused by grease build-up as opposed to debris.
Recalcitrant long chain fatty acids make up approximately 80% of grease deposits found in lines and grease traps and require extensive physical cleaning to avoid blockages, odors, and the passage of grease in effluents to be re-deposited downstream. Bioaugmentation has been used to break down difficult to degrade substances preventing them from causing blockages, odors, or accumulations downstream. In field tests on grease traps and lift stations this technology has demonstrated a visible difference in the elimination of grease build-ups in trial periods shorter than one month.
Biological treatment with Environmental Leverage is a simple, efficient and cost effective remedy against grease in collection systems and wastewater treatment plants. These products contain a specially formulated range of adapted high-performance microorganisms developed for use in the biological wastewater treatment of greases, fats and oils (FOG). As well as microorganisms, our products contain surface tension depressants and penetrants, which loosen and liquefy heavy grease deposits, thereby assisting in their biodegradation. For Grease and Sewer control, the powdered products and solid bio block products, also contain specialty penetrants and surfactants, which loosen and liquefy heavy grease deposits, thereby assisting in their biodegradation
Benefits to Sewer Line
Dramatically reduces line blockages
Benefits to Lift Station
Dramatically reduces sewer grease build-up
Benefits to Activated Sludge System
Dramatically reduces grease build-up 50-70%
FOG reductions are the norm over a 3 month period
Increase in oxygen transfer efficiency
Lower Operating Costs
Reduces Sludge Production
Lowers Solids Handling Costs
Helps Systems Meet NPDES Permit Requirements
Lowers electricity usage in pumps
Reduces maintenance costs
Lowers corrosion due to sulfate
Enhance biological activity
Improve the reduction of BOD, COD, and TSS in final effluent
Eliminates the need for personnel to handle unsafe chemicals
No pre-mixing, pre-measuring or pre-soaking
Inexpensive, Safe and easy to use
Compare this treatment approach to traditional cleaning/pumping/hauling costs of thousands of dollars or in-ground repair costs of tens of thousands! And there is no guarantee that the same grease-related headaches won’t crop up again and again at the very same location after traditional maintenance. Traditional “remedies” don’t solve the problem but act more like a Band-Aid, because the same contributors to the system will keep pouring the same grease down their drains & disposals, perpetuating the same scenario over and over again. Bioaugmentation is a proven and PROACTIVE approach to naturally degrade these clogging wastes at their biological source, and prevent future buildups/failures.
Lift Station before and after Bioaugmentation Program
Above 2 images are prior to Bioaugmentation program- heavy grease and solids
Now look at the same lift station in the above 2 images after bioaugmentation program was administered.
I need to get rid of the grease and FOG in my lift station. I heard about using bacterial products. How do I know if they are working?
Lift stations commonly end up with build-ups of grease that can create a ring around the lift station, collection build-up on pumps, chains, floats, sidewalls, etc. This can cause mechanical problems, cause plugging, interrupt service and cause terrible odors. Operators know what that means: jetting the lines, pumping & hauling off the grease at high costs, or even digging up and replacing a wet well and/or feeder lines at extremely high capital costs.
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are typically the cause of many problems. Grease is "hydrophobic," which means it prefers to cling to surfaces that are free of water. Large amounts of oil and grease in the wastewater that goes down a drain can cause sewer lines to clog sewer lift station failures, wastewater treatment plant problems and environmental concerns. Grease typically will build from the top down or around the sidewalls and at the water level in the sewer line while heavier debris may collect on the bottom as the wastewater flows through the sewer line. Grease can continue to build up and restrict the flow of wastewater. Sometimes, a layer may break off and large pieces can create plugging downstream. Eventually, grease will form a total blockage in the sewer line if left untreated.
Grease is one waste that the sewer system cannot handle and therefore needs to be kept out of the system, but most often is not. An additional concern is that since the government raised the temperature required by restaurants and food establishments from 180 F to ~210 F, grease traps are not working as designed and grease that used to be trapped onsite is now washing through the lines until the temperature of the water cools down and then hardening later on. This usually happens somewhere in the lines or in the lift station.
Our biological additives are a safe, natural environmental friendly way to help assist in the cleaning up of a lift station, but they are not miracle workers. There is a limit to what they can do, how they do it and when they will work. Bacteria can naturally degrade the fats, oils and grease, as well as any other organic materials that enter a lift station of pipe. They actually consume these as a food source, as opposed to traditional methods of surfactants, enzymes or chemicals that may have eliminated the grease in the lift station, but just transferred them down the pipe and eventually into the wastewater treatment plant and can cause upset conditions. Biological products cannot in a realistic time degrade some of the solids such as plastics, condoms, etc. that wind up in the lift station. Some of these eventually build up and must be mechanically removed.
Bacteria not only clean the lift stations if properly applied, they can help clean up the lines and can lighten the load at the treatment plant and reduce solids or help with BOD and TSS loading. Again, it is all in the program addition, conditions such as flow, temperature and loading that impact whether a program will impact just the lift station, the pipes or the treatment plant. The correct dosing and application will impact different variables and determine the impact on all three places. In the past, bacterial vendors or sanitary workers worried only about the lift station. Cleaning up the grease and quickly was the only concern. High levels of bacteria were added to the lift station. This may have cleaned up the lift station, but it just moved the grease down the pipes, clogged up the lines and caused high foaming at the treatment plant. Newer more conservative methods are now used to successfully dose a biological program in a lift station. Slower is better, although many people are anxious and say the product is not working.
What are signs that the product is working-
Foaming in the lift station- white foam at first shows the bugs are
in a high growth phase, as the foam turns to a light brown, they are getting
a little older.
These have been called "Floating Turtles"- Hard solid formations that
float around in the lift station. These can interfere with the pumps and
can clog the pipes. Sometimes using a liquid product to spray on these
can help reduce their size and shrink them faster.
Cracks starting to form in thick hardened grease
For additional information on Biological products that can be used to help overcome upset conditions or other problem issues or even just to help the plant recover faster.
To the right. The image is the same lift station as above/left after a biological program with our products! The majority of the grease is gone, there is clear, free running water!
More information on grease in Collection systems and Sewers
Bioaugmentation Solutions for Lift stations, Wet Wells and Collection Systems
Solid block biological products that are specifically formulated and packaged for use in lift stations and large restaurant grease traps to remove grease build-up and help increase degradation capabilities. -
-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.