What are Lift Stations and How do They Work?

Proper safety and sanitation are essential factors throughout a range of situations and environments. Lift stations perform a key function in ensuring that water treatment systems are properly maintained, along with aiding in keeping water quality safe. 

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How do Wastewater Lift Stations Work?

Lift stations function as a key element of the wastewater treatment process. These stations operate by moving or lifting wastewater from a low elevation and moving the wastewater to a higher elevation.

Wastewater lift stations operate by lifting cleaned water through pump vaults in order to maintain the movement of wastewater throughout the cleaning process. Without the aid or lifting power of these stations, wastewater would not be able to properly move through the necessary sanitary stages. Once wastewater reaches collections systems, such as a wet well, the water is tested in order to ensure that any remaining contaminants are removed as needed. Once these systems, or wet wells, are filled, the lift stations use a pressurized system in order to pump the wastewater to a higher elevation.

The use of lift stations throughout a variety of settings, such as industrial or commercial, is often a method of improving cost efficiency overall as well. These stations aid in preventing damage to sewage pipes or septic tanks, and in turn, the costs that are required to fix issues with sewer pipes, for example.

Industrial and Commercial Settings

Throughout industrial settings, such as wastewater treatment plants, wastewater lift stations are an essential factor in order to ensure that the water cleaning process is properly completed. The highly important functions that wastewater lift stations provide are key in keeping the process of wastewater treatment efficient and hazard free.

For commercial and residential settings, residential sewer lift stations are quite useful as well. These stations function in quite a similar manner as industrial lift stations in that they help to manage the safe and sanitary movement of wastewater throughout the treatment process. For a wide range of environments, residential sewer lift stations provide many health, safety, and cost-efficient benefits.

Types of Lift Stations

The most commonly used types of these stations include submersible pumps or wet wells and dry wells. Submersible pumps are typically the better choice, as these pumps are better suited than dry wells due the immense benefits regarding safety that are provided by submersible pumps or wet wells.

Lift Stations vs Pump Stations

Each type of system serves an important purpose; however, despite similar designs, the two station types have a few key differences. These stations, though similar in functionality, differ through the movement of water or sewage.

Lift stations are primarily intended to move sewage or wastewater material from a low elevation to a higher elevation in order to allow the material to flow in a more efficient manner. Pump stations, however, raise water, rather than sewage or polluted water materials, to a higher elevation.