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How does a pump station work?

A pump station is used to pump liquids uphill, for systems where the effluent cannot drain away by gravity. There are a few instances where a pump station is likely to be required:

  • If you will be discharging to a main sewer but your drainage/property is situated below the sewer line
  • If there is an obstacle in place, such as a river, that means your discharged effluent needs to navigate around it
  • If your discharged effluent needs to be transported up a slope

Pump stations can house either single or twin pumps, usually controlled by a float system where the pumps will activate once the liquid reaches a specified level. Pump stations are commonly housed below ground, with the control equipment (alarm and control panel) housed above ground where any problems can be quickly identified and repaired.