July Wastewater Workshops

Wastewater Workshop
July 17-18, 2024

Savannah, GA

CPI/Refining Workshop
July 25, 2024
Lake Charles, LA

Lab Lines Newsletter Issue 3

In this issue: Unmasking the Invisible Culprits, The Value of Predictive TOC/BOD Analyses, Bracing for Winter: How Cold Weather Impacts Nitrification and Upcoming Training Events.

If you have any questions, want to request an article topic, or have a question for our “Ask the BioWizard,” please let us know!

CryoStart™, Cold Weather Bacterial Formulation

Be prepared for cold weather with our formulated blend of cold weather tolerant (cryophilic) strains and enzymes that are capable of biodegrading a wide variety off chemicals and materials commonly found in municipal and food & beverage wastewater streams, including simple sugars, proteins, fats, and oils.

NitriFire™, Nitrifying Bacteria Formulation

Specifically formulated blend of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (Nitrosomonas or AOBs) and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (Nitrobacter spp. or NOBs) for efficient oxidation of ammonia.

Five Key Areas To Improve Your Wastewater System

Wastewater management is a multifaceted endeavor. Here are five critical areas that can significantly enhance your system’s effectiveness.

 

Wastewater solutions, training, and consulting programs for everyone

EBS is an independent wastewater treatment consulting company that provides unique solutions to various operational and training challenges facing industrial wastewater professionals. We are inspired to be trusted advisors to our clients and Channel Partners, offering an alternative to traditional consultants and suppliers in the form of unique technical insights and perspectives, thereby helping them protect North America’s natural resources while supporting their financial goals and long-term sustainability.

Assessing risk and managing critical factors are necessities for managers, engineers, and operators of wastewater treatment plants. Decisions and actions that impact short-term compliance must complement the longer-term management of the wastewater treatment process. Our comprehensive approach evaluates your entire system to determine the current state and offer corrective action if needed. 

What People Say About Us

Our paper mill switched to EBS for service of our wastewater treatment plant system a couple of years ago. EBS has provided excellent service with very knowledgeable and professional representatives. The nutrients, chemicals, and microbe products that they supply our mill, coupled with their testing services, have saved us money and improved our system performance. The service reports provided after each visit are pertinent, informative, and timely. When issues arise, EBS has the resources to respond with meaningful help and expertise to guide us as needed. EBS is truly a partner in managing our wastewater process.

Joe – Pulp and Paper Technical Manager

Our paper mill switched to EBS for service of our wastewater treatment plant system a couple of years ago. EBS has provided excellent service with very knowledgeable and professional representatives. The nutrients, chemicals, and microbe products that they supply our mill, coupled with their testing services, have saved us money and improved our system performance. The service reports provided after each visit are pertinent, informative, and timely. When issues arise, EBS has the resources to respond with meaningful help and expertise to guide us as needed. EBS is truly a partner in managing our wastewater process.

Joe – Pulp and Paper Technical Manager

“Our facility had a rep from a local chemical company come by the same day that we received EBS’s report. This chemical rep has been in business for over 30 years and has been very helpful with his microscopic exams in the past. I trust his opinion. He was in the area so I asked him to analyze the current condition. On key points, both of you were very similar in the analysis. For me, with a new lab, there’s always a period of trust building, and receiving similar feedback helped me accelerate trust with EBS.”

Corey – WWTP

“The classes were all very applicable to issues that our site has been experiencing. This seminar has given me more of the technical knowledge needed to appropriately identify root cause and effectively address upsets.”

EHS Manager- Sugar Refinery

“The EBS seminar far exceeded my expectations and provided me with tons of useful information. I truly enjoyed the open dialogue concept and the experience based presentations. One of the best trainings I have attended by far.”

Enviromental Engineer-Pulp & Paper Mill

“Fantastic Course! I gained a lot of knowledge to bring back to our stakeholders to assist in developing a rehabilitation plan for our ASB. All of the EBS team has been fantastic and consummate professionals. Thank you!”

Account Manager- Pulp & Paper Mill

Featured Articles

Odor and H2S Control

Odor and H2S Control

EBS recently assisted a paper mill with odor issues associated with their aerated stabilization basin (ASB) wastewater treatment system.  The formation of reduced sulfur compounds (hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulfide) occurred in a large unaerated...

Keys to Success Before, During, and After an Outage

Keys to Success Before, During, and After an Outage

Scheduled vs Unplanned Outages There are two types of outages, scheduled and unplanned. Scheduled outages are annual affairs at roughly the same time each year and are used to conduct maintenance or other work that cannot be performed while the plant/mill is in full...

Storm Preparedness and Recovery Plan

Storm Preparedness and Recovery Plan

High winds and rain from hurricanes have the potential to damage wastewater treatment facilities leading to long, unplanned outages. As we are in the midst of another hurricane season, it is essential for wastewater management teams to take appropriate measures to...

40-Day Volatile Solids Reduction

40-Day Volatile Solids Reduction

Executive Summary Environmental Business Specialists, LLC (EBS) was contracted by a US pulp and paper mill to conduct a 40-Day bench-scale study of Volatile Solids Reduction based on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) part 503 biosolids rule. The goal of this...

Adopt A Spot

The EBS crew cleans from land to sea! We understand that land-based pollution significantly threatens the waterways they aim to protect.

Clearing up land pollution reduces the impact on the receiving water stream and instills a sense of local community pride. That’s why EBS has partnered with the city of Mandeville and the Keep Mandeville Beautiful Organization to “Adopt A Spot” on the stunning Mandeville Lakefront.

We encourage you to make a difference by participating in your community’s local group clean-up efforts –it’s a fun and rewarding way to give back!

Employee Spotlight

Karyn Pounds

Which core value do you exemplify the most?

“Calm in the storm” and “respond at the speed of sound” are my favorites.

How long have you lived in Louisiana?

All of my life except for college years (2008-2013;2014-2021)

What is your favorite hobby?

Singing, playing board games, traveling, and running

What’s the worst job you ever had?

Burger King drive-thru window!

Women's Build

EBS Contributes to Positive Change Through Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build!

On November 3rd, EBS proudly participated in the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, an inspiring initiative that empowers women (without excluding men) to take an active role in building homes for families in need. This project not only contributes to providing shelter but also empowers individuals to make a lasting impact on the lives of families and children by making homeownership a reality.

As a company committed to social responsibility, EBS recognizes the importance of community contribution. The decision to participate in the Women’s Build reflects not only EBS’s dedication to corporate social responsibility but also its belief in the power of teamwork and collective action to bring about positive change. The impact of this involvement extends far beyond the construction site, leaving a legacy of positive change and empowerment. 

2024 Chef Soiree

EBS lights up the night at the 2024 Chef Soiree in support of the local Youth Service Bureau! The funds raised by Chef Soiree and the Banner Ford Raffle support programs of advocacy, counseling, education, and intervention for children in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.

These funds are critically needed to help us serve over 1,890 children a year … and the need keeps growing.

2024 NAMI Walks

EBS has proudly sponsored NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) since 2016.

NAMIWalks St. Tammany, the largest mental health awareness event on the Northshore, raises funds to support free education, advocacy, and resources for mental health. The funds raised from this event remain in our community to provide free support groups and education programs.

This year’s walk had a great turnout! We look forward to continuing our support for years to come!

Employee Spotlight

Lauren Peterman

Which core value do you exemplify the most?

“Open book”, I am naturally a very transparent and honest person, so this core value comes easily to me.

What is your favorite hobby?

Exercise is probably my favorite hobby. I’m a better and more regulated person because of it!

What was your dream job growing up?

I loved watching animal planet and wanted to be a wildlife photographer.

If you had a time machine would you go back in time or to the future and where would you go?

I would have to choose to go back in time to when my grandmother was a child, and hang out with her for a day. Growing up she would always tell me bedtime stories about her childhood and it always seemed so fun and carefree.