Wastewater Pumping Systems: Design Fundamentals

Online /
Jan 24, 2019 /
Course Code: 0103-WEB19

  • Overview
  • Instructor


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

  • Understand the reasons for constructing wastewater pump stations
  • Know the most common issues to be addressed during the design process
  • Apply principles of value, risk and economics in an objective decision-making process for optimizing conceptual designs
  • Understand a process for critically examining designs to ensure effectiveness, reliability and safety
  • Be familiar with legislated requirements and detailed design criteria

Wastewater pump stations are used to lift flow from low points and drain storage systems of various types in collection systems with a combination of advantages and disadvantages in comparison with gravity sewer systems. Optimizing the design of pump stations may be done by applying value engineering and risk analysis processes, supported by the discounted cash-flow method, to select the best choice from a range of options.

The principles of sustainability are applied to objectively decide value factors and the hazards and operations method applied to ensure effectiveness, reliability and safety. Detailed design criteria for function and practical and safe operation are reviewed.

Course Outline:

  • Reasons for constructing wastewater pump stations
  • Application of value engineering
  • Application of risk analysis
  • Discounted cash flow method
  • Evaluation of options by means of risk-adjusted value
  • Principles of sustainability
  • Application of the hazards and operations method
  • Legislated requirements
  • Design criteria
  • Worked example

Who Should Attend:
Project managers, design engineers, engineering technologists

Special Features:

  • Comprehensive notes and PowerPoint presentations in electronic formats will be made available.
  • The course material presents a combination of planning and design aspects of wastewater pump stations not common in a single source in widely available publications on the subject.

Required Resources:

  • Computer with internet service
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

System Requirements PC-based attendees
OS: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
Safari 3.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

iPad 1 or newer, iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch (3rd generation) or newer
OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher


Michael Porretta, P.Eng.

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
  • 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 2 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$175 + taxes


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