Lift Station Pumps

What is a lift station pump?

A lift station, sometimes known as a pumping station, is any type of structure whose primary function is to house the pumping mechanisms needed to move fluids from one place to another. The exact type of equipment used will depend on the function of the station and the type of fluid that needs pumping. For example, some may use slurry pumps, sludge pumps, or sewage pumps to move sewage from a collection well to a treatment plant.

Where are they used?

Most lift stations are integral parts of a municipal sewage treatment system. Or they may also be used to accelerate sewage where gravity is not enough to move the fluid from its source to a sewage treatment facility.

In other applications, lift station pumps are also used in industrial facilities to process sludge or industrial waste. They are used in large agricultural facilities, and are often essential components of irrigation systems used to supply water to canals and helping to move water toward the crops.

Other related Pump Types include: water pump, wastewater pump, self priming pump, transfer pump, hose pump.

Expert Advice

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Industry Updates

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ITT Goulds Pumps will celebrate the first Pump Appreciation Day (April 12) with new pump industry recognition programs.

Franklin Electric recently announced that it completed its acquisition of a majority stake of Pioneer Pump Holdings Inc., the holding company for Pioneer Pump Inc. in Canby, Oregon and Pioneer Pump Limited in Rattlesden, England.

Pumps continue to be big business. The world market for pumps used by industry, municipalities and for irrigation will total an estimated $45 billion by 2017.

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Pump Tweets

United Technologies Corp plans to sell pump manufacturers Milton Roy and Sundyne. Among other things Milton Roy specializes in metering pumps and centrifugal pumps. Sundyne manufactures industrial pumps and compressors for the process fluid and gas industries.

KSB introduces immersion variant of high-pressure pump. The new pump, called Movitec VCl, is a vertical, multistage centrifugal pump that can be used for handling coolants, condensate and lubricants for machine tools. The pump has a max flow rate of 27 m3/hr and the maximum discharge head is 250 m.

Lufkin Industries plans to purchase Zenith Oilfield Technology. Zenith is a developer of systems for down-hole monitoring, data gathering and control systems. The company also offers real-time optimization and control devices specifically for electric submersible pumps (ESPs) and progressing cavity pumps (PCPs).

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