What is a Wastewater Lift Station?

What is a Wastewater Lift Station?

What is a lift station?

In short, lift stations are designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevations through pipes.

Lift stations are great options for the transfer of wastewater as they lower front end costs of excavation and installation when compared to connecting to sewer pipes. They are generally built in an enclosed space and can either be prefabricated or custom built according to specific requirements.


Specific components change between different systems but in most commercial pump lift stations you can find:

• Wastewater receiving well (wet-well)
• screen or filter to remove coarse materials
• Piping
• Valves
• Pumps
• Motors
• Power Supply
• Equipment Control System
• Alarm System
• Odour Control & Ventilation System

Dry vs Wet Wells

There are two main styles of lift stations, dry or wet wells.

Dry-wells (sometimes called dry-pits) are a lift station style composed of two chambers. The first chamber is where wastewater is stored, and through filters and piping, wastewater is pumped into the second chamber.

The secondary chamber is where mechanical components such as the pump and power supply components are stored. This makes inspecting and servicing all electrical components of the chamber extremely easy. In the long run, dry wells can save money due to the ease of access.

The up-front cost however is significantly higher than our other style of lift station - Wet-wells. Excavation, installation costs as well as time are major factors in the price difference between the two systems.

Wet wells on the other hand, are a single chamber system, where the lift/pump station is submerged within the wastewater. Inspecting and replacing becomes more difficult in this style of system, which is why you tend to see smaller more compact designs to reduce some of the labour.

Generally, for wet-well systems there is no excavation needed as they would go into the wastewater itself, with only the piping going out of the tank needing to be designed.

This style of lift station saves money & time, all while being in a smaller footprint than a dry-well.

Our Solutions

BARR offers everything from cost-effective residential solutions to large commercial fiberglass custom solutions. All of our lift stations are built within plastic or fiberglass tanks.

We pride ourselves in being a one-stop-shop for everything septic, offering pumps, fittings, piping, valves, float switches & brackets, rises and additional custom fabrication.

Our most common lift stations are built off our spherical tanks and can be pre-built in-house as needed. Sizes range from 300-950 USG. They are designed for intermediate, mid-capacity collection of raw sewage, drainage water and other wastewater effluents.

Next, our low-profile lift stations, which are 2500 USG capacity which can go below or above ground. Like our spherical lift stations, these tanks can be pre-assembled in house, or sold as a ready-to-go kit.

On the heavy-duty/commercial side, we offer German engineered, incredibly efficient GRAF heavy-duty lift stations. These lift stations save money in the logistics chain with their half shell packing design, while still having all the options of a normal, one-piece lift station. Modular in design for multi-tank systems, they offer a great value for contractors.

Lastly, we have a wide variety of custom pump & sump chambers. From massive fiberglass custom tanks, to smaller and niche modular pumps. our in-house team takes all specifications into account to create a high-quality result - tailored specifically for your application.

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