Lifting Station vs Pumping Station Requirements

Understanding the differences between your rainwater pump, pump stations and lift stations can help you to understand the requirements needed to maintain the daily function of your systems. By understanding the specific care and daily running considerations needed for your unique pumping system you can ensure the extended life expectancy of your system. 

Today we’ll be going over the specific needs and differences between lifting and pumping stations so that your system can run smoothly and powerfully for the entirety of its lifetime.  

What is a Lifting Station?

Lift stations are used for the specific use of moving sewage and wastewater materials from a low level of a treatment plant to the higher platforms, through the use of subversive pumps. Lifting stations are designed to thrive in a range of conditions. They have been individually designed to contain dangerous gases, various levels of solid material and keep waste flowing through the various levels of a waste facility. By providing a continuous flow and function through the wastage system it prevents the build-up of dangerous bacteria and potentially hazardous materials. 

What is a Pumping Station?

Pumping stations are used to transport water to higher levels of your treatment centre. Wastewater and freshwater are transferred together through these pumps, without being contaminated by sewage or solid materials. Because these pumping systems transport these liquids without any solid materials it means that no grinders are needed to break up any debris. Pumping stations can also be used to remove water from storm drains and process water that's already gone through the treatment process. 

Lift Station Requirements

Lift station sewage treatment presents a range of unique problems that can only be prevented with specific pumping considerations. 

In order to prevent the pump from frequent cycling you need to ensure that a range of levels are being used to start and stop the pump. Even using multiple pumps at times. 

To extend the life and durability of your pump system it's important to ensure that in a setting with thick and frequent debris that the appropriate grinder that can handle and prevent jams is used. Because of the hazardous and potentially dangerous debris and gas that can be found throughout sewage, it's also important to treat these storage basins as hazardous locations for the safety of your treatment materials and the workers inside. 

Pumping Station Requirements

A pumping station has its own set of considerations that need to be addressed in its design. Pumping stations involve moving a large quantity of water on a daily basis. So, it's important to continually watch the rainwater levels in your area, to ensure that your pump requirements won't be damaged. When this is a possibility, choosing an appropriate pump size is critical to the operational consideration of system design.

If your pumping station is designed to operate at an infrequent rate it's important to ensure the preservation of your float switches material. If you’re not able to do that it can result in the failure of the entire pumping station to activate, causing unwanted flooding. 

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