A pumping station is an electromechanical unit used to lift and distribute sewage or wastewater when gravity will not naturally transfer it away from a location.

Pumping stations are used for a wide variety of applications, including in housing developments, schools, hospitals, commercial sites and even residential homes.

As well as being used for situations where sewage cannot naturally be transported by gravity to a sewer system, they may be installed where the sewer passes over an incline, or just when it is a more cost effective solution than a traditional gravity sewage system.

How Does a Pumping Station Work?

Firstly, sewage is collected and stored in a chamber. When this reaches a predetermined level, an integral pump uses pressure to lift the sewage through a discharge pipe system and pumps the liquid into a gravity sewer or sewage treatment works.

Levels are closely monitored by a liquid level sensor or float switch, which turns the pumping station on and off. Pumping stations may use one pump or more pumps depending on the application.

Adoptable Pumping Stations vs Private Pumping Stations

Broadly speaking, pumping stations can be divided into two main categories - Adoptable Pumping Stations and Package Pumping Stations.

Adoptable Pumping Stations are designed for large-scale applications and comply with all Water Company requirements, Sewers for Adoption specifications and the DCG (Design Construction Guide), making them suitable for use on public land.

Package or Private Pumping Stations are used for removing wastewater from privately run developments, whether residential or commercial properties.

Sometimes ownership of pumping stations is transferred, via a legal process known as pumping station adoption. For example, legal ownership in a housing development might be transferred from the developer to the local water authority. They would then be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the pumping station.

Which pumping station do I require?

Selecting a pumping station is a complex process that involves numerous considerations such as location, required inflow and ownership.

While below ground pumping stations are a discrete and effective solution, an above ground station may be used where this is not a viable option.

With over 60 years’ experience in the industry, TT Pumps and our trained engineers can provide expert advice on the best options for your specific application, thereby ensuring maximise efficiency and long-term reliability.

For help selecting the right solution for your individual application, get in touch with our expert team on +44 (0)1630 647200.