Lift Stations Keep Neighborhoods High and Dry

See how lift stations are an important part of any sewer system.

Lift stations are an important component of a community’s sewer system. Without them, it would be impossible to move wastewater away from homes and businesses.

The function of a lift station is relatively simple: move wastewater from a lower to a higher elevation on its journey to the water treatment plant. Sewer systems use gravity to move wastewater, but you can only dig so deep when laying sewer pipes before it gets too expensive and dangerous.

Once the maximum depth for sewer pipe is reached, a lift station is put in to pump the wastewater up to another set of pipes and gravity takes over again. Lift stations are also used to connect new neighborhoods to the sewer system.

While its function is critical to maintaining sewer contents from backing up and causing a mess, the system is relatively simple.

A large precast concrete cylinder is buried about 15 to 20 feet into the ground and connected to the in-flow sewer line. Inside the concrete cylinder are pumps that lift wastewater as it enters to the outflow line. The pumps operate on a float system, similar to that in the water tank of a toilet.

Large precast concrete cylinder buried in the ground.

Critical Mass

Thanks to precast concrete, lift stations are easy to install. The cylinders are made off-site in a controlled environment and then shipped to the work site.

Del Zotto Products makes lift station forms for your precast concrete business. Use of precast concrete products for public works is predicted to increase in 2016, according to the National Precast Concrete Association.

We can design any size lift station form to suit your particular community’s requirements.

Del Zotto Products is a family-owned business and carries all your precast concrete needs from ready-made products to the forms and materials needed for you to make your precast products.

For information about our lift station forms or any of our other products, contact us today.