What is a lift station? - Waste Management System

Lift stations are essential to functional waste management systems. A lift station is a mechanism of pumps that allows water to be carried from a place of low elevation to a place of higher elevation. Ideally sewage lines work together with the land gradient in your area to allow gravity to do most of the work in carrying sewage, waste, and storm water from place to place. A lift station allows that same reliance on gravity when sewage lines and the gradient of the land cannot work together. 

Here is the step-by-step of how a lift station works:

1) Waste water is pumped from your home (ie. using a toilet, sink, shower, laundry machine. etc).
2) The waste travels downhill to a low point where it can no longer travel by gravity.
3) At that low point, a lift station is installed that is intended to assist the waste water in its navigation through the sewer system. 
4) The water enters into and begins filling up an underground basin or tank called a "wet well"; in this wet well lies a series of pumps and sensors. 
5) The sensors in the wet well measure the water level; when the water reaches a certain depth, the pumps are turned on and the water is pushed out through the pipes until it reaches a high point.
6) Once the water reaches that high point, it can begin using gravity again to make its way through the sewer system.

Lift stations are brilliant inventions designed to keep waste water flowing smoothly through our sewage systems, and it is important to keep them well maintained. Any sort of damaged or clogged lift station should be repaired or replaced immediately. Lift station failure will cause the entire sewer line to stop draining, resulting in dangerous sewage backups and overflows. 

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