There are many things to consider when thinking about pumping systems in developments, our Pumping Stations Manager talks through the options.

Along with budgets, there are many factors to consider when choosing the right pumping station for a development, such as;

  • Technical specifications – how much effluent is the pumping station going to need to remove?
  • Space – how much space is the pumping station going to need?
  • Low maintenance – is the pumping station easy to maintain?
  • Longevity and resilience – is the pumping station going to withstand the required tasks?
  • Installation – is the pumping station easy to install?

There are two options to choose from when beginning the process of purchasing a Pumping Station, adoptable or non-adoptable?

Non-Adoptable Pumping Stations

Non-adoptable pumping stations can be utilised in single dwellings, business premises, commercial/industrial properties, hotels, nursing homes and so on. A non-adoptable pumping station is far more economical to install as it does not need to meet the demands of the Water Companies’ specifications, however the property owners are responsible for the running and maintenance costs. Non-adoptable pumping stations are quick and easy to install and less space is required. These pumping stations are a complete package therefore they provide an efficient and economical way of installing a sewage and drainage pumping station.

Non-adoptable pumping stations also known as private pumping stations typically contain a preformed chamber element, assembled off site along with its own internal pipe work and valve system integral to the same chamber, delivered to site in short timescales and ready for installation.  The package pumping station is taken from a range of standard designs available on very short lead times.

Adoptable Pumping Stations

An adoptable pumping station is bespoke and tailored to suit each site.  Each station is constructed individually and to site specific drawings.  The chamber well is constructed using concrete rings on site in line with the design drawings, and engineers attend the site at various intervals to install the pipe work and valve assemblies in situ.

Adoptable pumping stations can be utilised in multiple housing developments and commercial properties. These pumping stations have to comply with the current requirements of Sewers for Adoption by the local water company, therefore lead time is longer to suit these requirements. We have innovatively designed the Ready Sump, a precast concrete sump which aims to reduce installation time, costs and safety risks on site. The positive of having an adoptable pumping station is that running and operation costs are the responsibility of the water company after adoption. We recently designed, installed and commissioned a bespoke pumping station at Doncaster Inland Port, the Senior Design Engineer of the project commented, “as part of our drainage design we required a S104 FW pumping station.  We contacted T-T who were more than helpful from the start.  I mainly dealt with Nick, Tommy and Paul.  Nick particularly was a great asset to the whole process and his skills and advice were extremely valued.  I would highly recommend T-T for future projects given the level of service received during our time working together.”

The choice of utilising adoptable or non-adoptable pumping stations is very often a case of economies and whether the necessary space is available for an Adoptable Pumping Station. Click here for more information on the range of pumping stations available or call 01630 647200 to speak to one of our experienced technicians.