Wastewater Pumping Systems and Lift Stations

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Course Overview

Reliable and well-designed wastewater pumping facilities are essential for cities and sewerage systems across the United States. This course will provide you with valuable techniques and knowledge that you can apply immediately in your own systems and projects. This course will help you: 

  • Manage, design, and operate reliable and cost effective pumping facilities and forcemains 
  • Evaluate pros and cons of different station designs 
  • Prevent hydraulic problems in pumps, wet wells, and forcemains 
  • Improve station reliability 
  • Understand electric motors and VFDs 
  • Reduce problems in operation and maintenance 
  • 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 Types, Features, and Design Considerations 

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

 Pumping Equipment 

  • Drywell and submersible pumping equipment 
  • Shafts, bearings, mechanical seals 
  • Impellers, casings, wearing rings 
  • Pump characteristics and performance curves 
  • NPSH, cavitation, and other pump problems 
  • Electric motors 
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Control systems 

 Applied Hydraulics and Selection of Pumping Units 

  • Peak flow selection 
  • Computing system head curves 
  • Force main sizing 
  • Pump selection 
  • Energy usage, power demand 
  • Pumping in parallel or series 
  • Affinity laws 
  • Variable speed vs. constant speed pumping 
  • Wet well and storage considerations 

 Design Workshops 

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

 Other Topics 

  • Operation and maintenance challenges 
  • Air valves in forcemains 
  • Waterhammer protection: When and where do you need it? 
  • Station rehabilitation projects 
  • Special problems in wastewater pumping 
  • Other topics as requested 

 Problem-Solving Exercises 

  • Attendees will participate in problem-solving exercises that will help them to understand key aspects of wastewater pumping systems and lift stations. 


"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.

Patrick Rezin

Patrick Rezin PE is president and general manager of USEMCO (Universal Sanitary Equipment Manufacturing Company). Since 1979, he has overseen the engineering and manufacturing of 30 different types of pumping stations to address a wide range of applications. He is a member of WEF, AWWA, and WWWOA, and is a licensed professional engineer.

Upcoming dates (1)

Feb. 9-25, 2021

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Ned Paschke


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