2018 Savannah Biological Wastewater Workshop

Date: June 19-20, 2018
Location: Savannah, GA
Cost: 500.00

This course is a shortened two-day version of our Spring and Fall seminars located at the EBS headquarters. In this course, you will start with an overview of wastewater treatment, discuss the system’s microbiology and microscopic examination, and assess and evaluate activated sludge system performance. The course will build upon and advance you through to the more technical discoveries being observed and measured today that negatively impact wastewater treatment operations – the subtle things that one cannot see but which can cause your biological system to stop functioning at its fullest. It will then culminate with a discussion on troubleshooting wastewater systems.

This condensed but still well-rounded course covers all potential applications for wastewater treatment plants. Combined with a robust discussion that occurs from audience participation on their systems, you will leave having learned a great deal of knowledge and tips that others experience to enhance your troubleshooting knowledge base.


Day One: June 19, 2018

Session 1: Introduction to Wastewater Treatment 8:00-12:00 (3 hrs)
1.1 Overview of Wastewater Treatment
1.2 The 8 Growth Pressures of Biological Treatment
1.3 Monitoring the Growth Pressures
1.4 Nutrient Optimization

Session 2: Microbiology and Microscopic Examination 3:30-5:00 (3 hrs)
2.1 Introduction to Microbiology
2.2 Monitoring Wastewater Microbiology

Session 3: Assessing & Evaluating Activated Sludge Performance 3:30-5:00 (1.5 hrs)

3.1 Basic Monitoring & Control Strategies

Day Two: June 20, 2018

Session 3: Assessing & Evaluating Activated Sludge Performance 8:00-12:00 (3 hrs)
3.2 Addressing Secondary Clarifier Issues
3.3 State Point Analysis

Session 4: Advanced Diagnostic Tools for Wastewater Treatment 1:00-4:00 (3 hrs)
4.1 Monitoring Biomass Health and Viability
• Biomass Activity and Viability
• Exocellular Polymer Determination
• Using ATP to evaluate bacterial activity
4.2 Advanced Chemical Analysis – Tracking Sources of Toxicity and Inhibition
4.3 Bench Scale Evaluation techniques

Session 5: Troubleshooting Wastewater 4:00-5:00 (1 hrs)
5.1 Respirometry and another laboratory testing


Mike FosterMike Foster is Principal Consultant for Environmental Business Specialists, LLC in Mandeville, LA. Mike started EBS in 1997 after a thirteen-year career with a major supplier of wastewater treatment chemicals. Mike conducts training classes and seminars throughout North America, Asia and Europe on activated sludge systems, ASBs, polymers, and the use of chemical and biological technologies in these systems.

Mike received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in wastewater and holds Class IV Wastewater Operator Licenses in MS, LA, and AR. Mike authored numerous articles and papers on topics including nutrient optimization, activated sludge process control, bioaugmentation and micronutrient technology.

Tripp McElweeJoseph “Tripp” McElwee III is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the Client Services Group of EBS. Tripp works with EBS clients in monitoring and servicing their wastewater systems, ensuring the systems are running acceptably, and in their needed areas of compliance. He also troubleshoots client wastewater system emergencies within the United States. In addition, Tripp works with the Business Development team to expand EBS’s capabilities into new markets.

Tripp graduated from Clemson University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2015, he received his Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Public Administration degree from the College of Charleston. During this time, he was a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant. Tripp holds a Class I Wastewater Operator Certification.


Holiday Inn Express
199 East Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401

The workshop will be held in the Azalea room.

Learn about the microorganisms in your wastewater treatment system.