Wastewater Pumping Systems and Lift Stations

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Course Overview

This course will provide you with valuable skills that you can apply immediately in your own system and projects.  Learn how to:

  • Manage, design, and operate reliable and cost effective pumping facilities
  • Prevent hydraulic problems in pumps, wet wells, and force mains
  • Evaluate pro's and con's of different station designs
  • Improve station reliability
  • Understand electric motors and VFDs
  • Reduce O&M problems
  • Select optimum pumping equipment, valves, and piping systems
  • Reduce your pumping energy costs
  • Upgrade and rehab your pumping stations for the future

Who Should Attend?

  • Wastewater engineers, operators, and managers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Federal agencies and military bases
  • Regulatory staff

Course Outline

Pumping Station Features and Design Considerations

  • Types of stations
  • Types of pumping equipment
  • Valves, fittings, forcemain piping
  • Screens, grinders, odor control
  • Emergency power
  • Station layout and geometry

Applied Hydraulics and Selection of Pumping Equipment

  • Incoming flow distributions
  • Peak flow selection
  • System head computations
  • Force main sizing
  • Pump performance curves
  • Energy usage
  • Pumping in parallel or series
  • Variable speed vs. constant speed pumping
  • Wet well and storage considerations

Station Electrical Systems and Controls

  • Types of motors
  • Variable frequency drives
  • Utility and generator issues
  • Station control devices
  • Arc flash considerations

Design Workshop

  • Analyze flow data
  • Select design parameters
  • Develop system curves
  • Select pumping equipment
  • Critique alternative layouts

Factory-Built Lift Stations

  • Pre-packaged stations
  • Sizes, materials, costs, specifications, manufacturing
  • Submersible, dry-well, and suction lift

Understanding Pumping Units

  • Shafts, bearings, and mechanical seals
  • Impellers and casings
  • Electric motors: submersible and drywell

Lift Station Operation and Maintenance

  • Designing for practical operation
  • Safety and maintenance practices
  • Common problems

Field Inspection Trip

  • Tour a pumping station of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. Transportation is provided.

 Specifying and Operating Submersible Stations

  • Special aspects of submersible facilities
  • Specifications, features, costs
  • Submittals, startup, operations

Waterhammer, Station Rehab, and Other Topics

  • Waterhammer protection: Do you need it?
  • Station rehab examples
  • Special problems in wastewater pumping


"A terrific course. Best I've ever had."

"A fantastic course! A must-attend for all that are planning, designing, or operating a sewage pumping station."

"I will be applying what I learned almost immediately when I get back to the office."

"Well done workshop. Put together superbly."

"I've never seen a better technical speaker. It's one thing to present material to college kids, and quite another to present design concepts to PE's with 25 years of experience and O&M personnel with the same. Ned did a masterful job."


Ned Paschke

Ned Paschke, PE, DEE, is a program director and professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in analysis and improvement of water and wastewater systems and facilities. Before joining the UW-Madison, he was director of engineering for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and a hydraulic engineering consultant for national and international engineering firms.

Thomas Jenkins

Tom Jenkins PE is president of JenTech, Inc. He previously served as chief wastewater design engineer with Dresser Roots and as the founder of ESCOR (Energy Strategies Corporation). Tom is a professional engineer and a graduate of Marquette University, in mechanical engineering. He has extensive experience in developing wastewater control systems and technology. He is a co-author of the Water Environment Federation Manual of Practice #32, Energy Conservation in Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, and an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Roy Swanke

Roy Swanke is a part-time instructor at the Madison Area Technical College, where he teaches a variety of manufacturing and safety courses. He has over 25 years of wastewater operations and maintenance experience.

Prior to his present position Roy was a maintenance supervisor with operations and maintenance responsibilities for the pumping stations. He also has worked for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and was the first maintenance supervisor of the deep tunnel pump station there.

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