How Wastewater Treatment Training Can Cut Costs

Wastewater Training ClassesIn difficult economic times, it might seem frivolous to send personnel to a wastewater treatment training class from a time and cost perspective. But consider this – if your engineer or operator learns something they can implement that saves them time or money over the long term, helps them run their plant better and more efficiently, might it be worth the upfront cost? What if it assists you in maintaining environmental compliance with your state or government’s rules or laws, or helps you tackle a new rule such as the TMDL? Training is also critical if you need to obtain CEU’s (continuing education units) to maintain your wastewater operator’s license but to learn tools enabling you to perform your job better is even more beneficial.

Accruing useable knowledge is the basis for spending money on training. While the technology of secondary wastewater treatment systems hasn’t changed tremendously over the years, we continue to develop and refine techniques for improving process control and reducing operational costs. With permit limits tightening and new regulations on the rise, it is more important than ever that environmental professionals have a deep understanding of treatment fundamentals.

Gaining new insights to properly treat wastewater and then discussing with the experts how these principles might apply to your facility gives you a leg up that not only benefits your company, but also the community and environment as a whole. Demonstrating that your facility takes environmental compliance and continuing education seriously shows your employees, neighbors, and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that you are good environmental stewards.

EBS has held 15 separate wastewater treatment training seminars at our corporate headquarters since 1999. Additionally, we have performed an extensive number of training classes at client sites geared specifically to their aerated stabilization basin (ASB) or activated sludge plant’s needs. EBS has even developed a new wastewater treatment training module in Spanish. Moreover, EBS has upgraded our existing online wastewater training course by expanding into the area of Computer Based Training (CBT). E-learning is an interactive way of learning material with audio, video, animations, and assessments. We will soon be launching a catalog of courses and lessons through the TOPYX platform.

EBS has performed more wastewater treatment training for a larger number of pulp and paper industry clients than any other consultant within the United States. Our consulting, laboratory, research, and product experience enable us to bring new knowledge to the learning course with each update as well as expand our training beyond the pulp and paper industry to the chemical manufacturing and processing, petrochemical, petroleum refining, municipal, food, and dairy industries. No matter your industry or training platform need, EBS brings new knowledge to our clients on a regular basis.

Wastewater Training ChinaSo I ask you again, can wastewater treatment training save a manufacturing plant or municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) money? Can you afford not to learn from some of the best trainers in the business that travel not only within the United States but internationally as well and have collectively seen more WWTP operations than most companies? Can you afford to not see how your mill might perform better, run a little tighter and cleaner, and to be a better community steward? It’s a tough call in today’s environmental market but we believe that companies who consistently provide training opportunities to their employees receive a great return on the investment in terms of productivity and employee morale.

EBS wastewater seminars are held in our Mandeville, Louisiana lab and training center and cover both ASBs and Activated Sludge systems. Our seminar trainers have a combined experience of over eighty years. They include Mike Foster, CET (Certified Environmental Trainer), Principal Consultant and Owner of Environmental Business Specialists; Paul Klopping, CET, Principal Consultant of Callan and Brooks; Carl Siener, Representative for Environmental Technical Sales (ETEC); and Beth Guidotti, Director of Field Services, and J’ohnnie Wilson, Technical and Safety Director, both of Environmental Business Specialists. We hope to see you at an upcoming seminar or for a site specific seminar, please contact EBS at 985-674-0660 or email Mike Foster at For more information on EBS, please see our website at

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