What Is a Lift Station?

August 28 2022

What Is a Lift Station?

A wastewater lift station is a pumping station that moves wastewater from a lower rise to a higher elevation. The advantage of involving a lift station in a sewage assortment system is that it saves a significant measure of money in excavation costs, which includes searching for sewer pipes. Sewer pipes live underground, and digging trenches is exorbitant. Introducing a wastewater lift station at specific places in a gravity pipeline system saves money on front-end development costs without forfeiting effectiveness or usefulness. They have an essential role in moving sewage to a wastewater treatment plant. When you’re having a septic tank installation, let your septic company know you would like to install a wastewater lift station as well.

How Does It Work?

A lift station is an essential piece of a viable sewage assortment system. Crude sewage makes its process underground in slanted pipelines that exploit gravity to minimize expenses. This kind of pipe system is generally alluded to as a gravity pipeline. In certain circumstances, it's important for wastewater to enter the pipe system from a lower elevation. For the crude sewage to proceed with the excursion towards a wastewater treatment plant, it should be effectively moved to a higher elevation. This can't occur normally for clear reasons - it would oppose the laws of gravity and physical science. Luckily, we have the wastewater lift stations to help.

Ultimately, the crude sewage arrives at a storage container alluded to as a wet well, which is basically a holding cell that discharges out once it arrives at a predetermined level. While in the wet well, the wastewater is tested and painstakingly checked to distinguish sewage levels. Solid materials are eliminated at this stage. When the wet well is full, a lift station pump will carry the sewage upwards utilizing a compressed sewer force main. A sewer force main is a system that is made up of pumps and compressors. Its job is to raise the wastewater to a higher elevation with the goal that it can proceed with its excursion towards treatment and distribution.

Different Types of Lift Stations

There are generally two types of lift stations: the more traditional one, known as the dry well, and the modern one, referred to as the submersible pump. In dry-well lift stations, the system is in a different area (generally underground or in a different chamber). Because of this detachment, support on a dry well is more unsafe and presents expanded dangers. On the other hand, submersible pumps, as the name proposes, are lowered in the wastewater they pump. It is mounted inside the wet well and uses an engine to pump the wastewater. This strategy is used more nowadays because of the low risk of health and security concerns they offer.


Sewage is a perilous material and should be taken care of and treated carefully. It is critical that wastewater administrators are aware that lift stations require routine support. Keeping an upkeep record isn't just a best practice, but on the other hand, it's considered a legal requirement. Instances of lift station support incorporate logging and checking flow readings, cleaning floats, lubing engines, and testing power supplies and reinforcement generators.

Contact Us

If you need more information on lift stations, simply reach out to Septic Blue. Our septic company offers many other plumbing services as well, such as septic tank installation. If you are seeking professional help on your septic system, Septic Blue will offer exceptional assistance.