Understanding the Need for Wastewater Lift Stations

May 2, 2022

Wastewater lift stations play a vital role in wastewater collection and sanitation treatment facilities. While they are extremely important, few people have heard of this term. Read on to learn more about what a wastewater lift station is, the various types of lift stations, and the needs of a wastewater lift station. 

What a Wastewater Lift Station Is

When you flush a toilet, your waste is carried to pipes below ground. These pipes extend to an outgoing sewer line, which eventually carries waste to a wastewater collection facility. However, these facilities are above ground. As such, wastewater has to be lifted from the sewer lines below ground to the above-ground collection and treatment centers. This is where a wastewater lift station comes into play. The lift station is responsible for carrying the waste and wastewater above the ground. This is not something that can be accomplished simply by grading pipes or plumbing upward, as it defies gravity. As such, something has to push the waste and water up, which is what a lift station does. 

The Different Types of Lift Stations

When it comes to the different types of lift stations, it is important to understand the two primary types. There is a dry well lift station, or there is a submersible lift station. A submersible lift station is the most common type of lift station used in the United States. This is because they typically cost less to install than a dry well lift station and require less maintenance. However, a submersible lift station is not ideal in all situations, so occasionally, a dry well lift station may be needed. 

Wastewater Lift Stations and Their Needs

Wastewater lift stations need regular care and maintenance to ensure that they are functioning properly. If they are not properly cared for, waste can begin to back up, and not enter the treatment facility. Pumps should be inspected daily to ensure that there are no obstructions and wastewater is flowing through the lift as it should. Additionally, the well, the collection system pipes, and the valves should all be routinely inspected and jetted. Jetting is a term that involves spraying pressurized water on parts within the lift station to thoroughly clean them while also removing any clogs that may be present. 

Here at Enviro-Line Co, Inc., we can help wastewater treatment facilities with all of their treatment needs. This includes the ability to install and maintain wastewater lift stations. We can help with any type of wastewater treatment facility, ranging from single-family facilities to county-wide municipal treatment centers. If you are looking for help caring for, installing or updating your wastewater treatment centers, let us help. Reach out to us today to get started. 

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