A pump station is required when the topology or position of a property prevents wastewater from flowing under gravity.
There are a range of circumstances when pump stations might be required. Your property may be on a septic tank, but require septic tank effluent to be lifted to a soakaway on land which is higher than the septic tank. Alternatively, your property may be located on land which is lower than a nearby public sewer. Whatever the circumstances, pump stations are used to convey raw sewage, septic tank effluent, treated effluent and rainwater from your property to an appropriate discharge point.
Benefits at a glance
Make drainage possible if gravity flows are not possible
Compact and reliable
Economic installation and low running costs
Adoptable specification permits future adoption by water authorities
What is a pump station?
A domestic pump station normally consists of a tank below ground (sometimes called a wet well) in which submersible pumps are installed. These pump the received wastewater through a pipe (called a rising main) to wherever the wastewater will be discharged.
Depending on the circumstances, a pump station may have one pump which switches on automatically or several pumps which are managed by a control panel. In either case, the pumps are located at the bottom of the wet well and only run when there is enough water to pump away. This means that there is virtually no noise from the pump station.
What pump station do I require?
The specification of a pump station is a specialist field of expertise and we recommend that you do not attempt to buy off the shelf unless you are familiar with pump stations. The specification of a pump station is dependent on:
- The expected flow to the pump station
- What type of wastewater is to be pumped
- How far and how high the wastewater will be pumped
- How long the pump station could remain inoperative before serious consequences occur
- Where the pump station will be located
- What type of power supply is available
- Whether the pump station is to be adoptable
If you are unclear whether you need a pump station, or would like free advice on what solution is best for you, don’t hesitate to give WCI a call.
Part of establishing the quiet, family-orientated Newton Brook Caravan and Camping in Somerset was to design a Building Control and Environment Agency (EA)-compliant foul drainage system. We employed WCI Sewage Treatment Ltd to liaise with the EA after we found ourselves out of our depth when the bespoke permit application we submitted was questioned. After talking through our issues with the very knowledgeable Naomi, WCI guided us through the process and a permit was awarded with a 5 ammonia standard. WCI went to tender for the most suitable system for our site and WPL designed the system. David Trump of WCI oversaw the installation of the large 400 pe. HiPAF System by our own contractors on a Saturday in April 2016. The installation was smooth and its operation has been faultless. WCI have been pivotal in getting our site up and running and open to the public. David has a wealth of knowledge gained from working all around the world, he is also very good at baking so I would suggest this is mentioned at the time of booking the first site meeting. We would not hesitate in recommending WCI.
Newton Brook Caravan and Camping, Somerset, April 2016
“Many, many thanks for such a brilliant job which David managed brilliantly on the day and reduced my stress levels no end! It might seem silly to hear, but it is SO good not to have to worry anymore as to how many times the toilet is flushed, or how many showers are being taken – which has been a constant stress for over 10 years. I wish I’d done it a lot sooner. Best regards to all at WCI and thank you so much.”
Lester Cottage, East Huntspill, May 2014
“We were very pleased with the professionalism and care taken by David Trump and his team in installing a Conder Sewage Treatment Plant. His dealing with the regulatory bodies was also very much appreciated. We would highly recommend WCI Sewage Treatment to anyone considering a new, or replacement sewage treatment plant.”
Max & Sally MacLean
Coldfeet Cottage, Wedmore, June 2013
“We were recommended to WCI Sewage by Biorock and are pleased to say that it was a very good recommendation to have. Naomi and David answered queries either by phone or email promptly and pleasantly. The installation proceeded smoothly starting early on the day agreed and finishing on time. David took care of contacting building control and septic tank emptying so there was nothing we had to organise separately. The men were always on site early and easy to get on with.”
Gillian & Peter Tettmar
White Cottage, June 2013
“Thankfully we engaged WCI to advise us with the design for our replacement domestic sewage system, and the advice, knowledge and positive approach from both you and David was invaluable. You have been extremely patient with us and the weather. The treatment plant and reed bed were simple to install and construct and at long last we have a system that not only works but it works really well! It was a welcome relief to find a local company to help us, thank you for all that you did.”
Bovey Cottage, June 2013
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The Spinney, May 2013
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