Designing Wastewater Pumping Stations and Lift Stations

Online /
Dec 4 - 7, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-1211-ONL23

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

Day 1-3 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern Time (40 minute lunch + two 10 minute breaks )
Day 4, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm Eastern Time (40 minute lunch + two 10 minute breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Solve basic pumping system design problems, including considerations for installation, operation and maintenance
  • Select the most suitable equipment for your application and write practical specifications
  • Maximize effective operational procedures and optimize the use of system controls
  • Reduce your maintenance problems and enhance system protection
  • Make condition assessments and upgrades to increase capacity

Design criteria for wastewater pumping systems include the capacity to deal with variable flow rates and types, floatable objects, large solids and abrasive materials. The outcome of the design should be a suitable pumping system comprising efficient equipment, cost-effective installation, smooth operation and minimum downtime with normal maintenance. The hands-on design problems you solve in this seminar/workshop under instructor guidance enhance your understanding of design procedures.

You learn to select the most suitable equipment for your application and appreciate the effect of design on installation, operation and maintenance.

Course Outline:

  • Pump station fundamentals, types and uses
  • Applied hydraulics
  • Pumps and their applications
  • Related pump station equipment
  • Motors and variable speed drives
  • Pumping station odour control
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition
  • Troubleshooting and condition assessment
  • Options to upgrade or increase capacity
  • Pump station inspection and maintenance
  • Case study and hands-on design exercise

Who Should Attend
Design Engineers • Superintendents and Operators • Water Resource Engineers • Utility Managers • Consulting Engineers • Project Managers • Environmental Engineers • Collection System Maintenance Engineers • Managers • Technicians and Technologists • Approval Agency Plan Reviewers

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Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

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Pumping Station Design Fundamentals

  • Selection Criteria and impact of site variables on design: Legislated requirements and Provincial and Municipal design criteria, land use types, environmental sensitivities, grade and site considerations, hydrologic considerations for the pumping station, force main installations, setback and site details (noise, odour, access, easement), a cost-benefit study using discounted cash flow analysis

Pumping Station Types and Uses

  • Types of stations and preferred use including: prefabricated or pre-cast and poured-in-place concrete, wet well (manhole type), wet well and dry well
  • Special consideration type: pneumatic ejector

Applied Hydraulics

  • Basic station and force main design
  • Pumping station layout
  • System head calculations
  • Flush systems
  • Air entertainment, cavitation and water hammer
  • Handling varying flow rates
  • Emergency management on site
  • Other common and related problems

Pumps and Their Applications

  • Wastewater pump types
  • Applications
  • Impeller selection
  • Mechanical seal selection
  • Material selection
  • Pump sensors
  • Pump curves and affinity laws

Related Pumping Equipment

  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Meters
  • Screens and comminutors
  • Station layout and geometry
  • Force main piping

Motors and Variable Speed Drives

  • Different motor types/construction
  • Constant speed vs. variable speed
  • Types of drives
  • Utility requirements
  • Generator requirements (long-term vs. short-term)

Pumping Station Odour Control

  • Air sampling and odour assessment (laboratory, odour panel, other)
  • Collection system odour generation (cause and effect on system components)
  • Points of odour release (effect on surrounding area)
  • Pump station ventilation (Legislative requirement vs. negative outcome)
  • Odour treatment technologies

Pumping Station - Case Study (Odour Control)

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

  • Data acquisition
  • Equipment control
  • Instrumentation
  • Alarm handling
  • Communications systems
  • Remote monitoring (types and installation considerations)
  • Backup systems - both local and disaster planning and business continuity

Troubleshooting a Pumping System

  • A basic checklist will be presented which will be further developed by involving participants who will apply it against a scenario provided to them.

Options to Upgrade or Increase Capacity of Existing Facilities

  • Refurbishment, Retrofitting and Replacement Decisions will be discussed

Pump Station-Inspection and Maintenance

  • Types of maintenance will be discussed
  • Inspection procedure
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems and their impact on the maintenance inspection process will be discussed
  • Managing breakdown and injuries emergencies

Pump Station Case Study - Rehab/Force main/Metering

Design Workshop
A scenario for the Hands-On Design exercise will be presented to the participants

In small groups, you will apply the principles learned in the earlier sessions to conceptually design a pumping station under instructor guidance. For the given hands-on exercises, you learn the design procedure, make design calculations to get a feel for the reasoning involved and understand equations and the nature of the quantities by going through the following steps: analyze incoming flow data, select design flows, size force mains (type, size), calculate system curves relevant to the incoming flows, select pumping equipment, estimate cost and select most efficient pump set, mechanical, electrical, control and monitoring aspects including SCADA considerations, develop station layouts

Design Workshop Continues
Group Representatives Present Their Design to all Participants Which is Followed by a Discussion on Good Versus Bad Design Practices, Practical Operation and Cost Implications

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Michael Porretta, P.Eng. PMP

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in planning, design, construction, and maintenance of wastewater collection systems.

He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Institution of Civil Engineers (Great Britain) and the Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Great Britain), and he previously served on the Western Canada Water Committee and the South Wales branch of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management Committee.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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