Designing Wastewater Pumping Stations and Lift Stations

Online /
Sep 23 - 26, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0903-ONL24

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  • 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 fundamental 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 assessment 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 regular maintenance. The hands-on design problems that 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 design fundamentals
  • Pump station types and uses
  • Applied hydraulics
  • Pumps and their applications
  • Related pump station equipment
  • Motors and variable speed drives
  • Odour control
  • Odour control case studies
  • Options to upgrade existing facilities
  • Pump station operation and maintenance
  • Condition assessment of existing pumping systems
  • Design workshop
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition
  • Troubleshooting and condition assessment

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
  • Pneumatic ejector
  • Archimedes screw

Applied Hydraulics

  • Basic station and force main design
  • Pumping station layout
  • System head calculations
  • Flushing systems
  • Air entertainment, cavitation and water hammer
  • Handling varying flow rates
  • 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 Pump Station Equipment

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

Motors and Variable Speed Drives

  • Fundamentals of alternating current systems
  • Different motor types
  • Motor starting systems and protection
  • Types of drives
  • Application of variable speed pumping

Pumping Station Odour Control

  • Odour generation in sewerage systems and pump stations (cause and effect on system components)
  • Air sampling and odour assessment (laboratory, odour panel, other)
  • Points of odour release (effect on surrounding area)
  • Odour treatment technologies

Pumping Station - Case Study (Odour Control)

  • Examples of odour control facilities and applications at pump stations
  • Descriptions of design and layout
  • Operation and maintenance issues

Options to Upgrade or Increase Capacity of Existing Facilities

  • Refurbishment, Retrofitting and Replacement
  • Alternative pump arrangements
  • Staged construction
  • Flow attenuation with storage
  • Application of variable speed pumping

Pump Station Operation 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

Condition Assessment of Existing Pumping Facilities

  • Comprehensive investigation of all aspects
  • Application to an actual pump station
  • Checks to be made on process mechanical, building mechanical, electrical, structural, process control and ancillary systems and force main

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.

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

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

  • Troubleshooting methods
  • Root cause failure analysis
  • A basic checklist will be presented, which will be further developed by involving participants who will apply it against a scenario provided to them.
  • Investigation and diagnostics technology

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 of experience in planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining 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 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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