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Commercial Pump Station – What Are They and What Do They Do?

By April 6, 2023No Comments

When wastewater cannot be carried naturally by gravity, a pump station is installed to transfer water effectively.

Also known as a pumping station or a sewage pumping station, a commercial pump station is essentially a holding chamber that stores and collects wastewater and pumps it to the required area using transfer pumps.

Why is a pump station used?

A pump station is used in many types of applications, where drainage by gravity is not possible, such as when a sewer line travels uphill or over a ridge. It may also be used when a particular flow rate or pressure is required, or if a gravity system has not been built in the existing infrastructure. Sometimes it makes more economic sense to install a pumping station as the cost of groundwork for gravity-based sewage may be higher.

How does a pump station work?

When the collected wastewater reaches the maximum level in the pump station, it is lifted and discharged using a high-pressure integral pump. Usually, the pump stations are automatically operated. When the wastewater reaches maximum levels, it triggers a float switch or liquid level sensor. Once all the liquid is carried away, the pump station switches off.

What do you need to know when choosing a pump station?

Pump stations vary in sizes and types, designed for specific purposes. When choosing a pump station, you need to consider:

The application

Pumping stations are used in domestic, commercial, industrial and mining settings. To choose a commercial pump station, you must consider what kind of operation it will be used for, helping you determine the type and size.

The volume of liquid

Consider the amount of liquid that needs to be stored and transported to determine the size. You should also consider the consistency of the liquid that needs to be transported. For example, is it sewage or water? It’s best to get the advice of an expert on total capacity and required flow rates.

Incline and distance

The type of incline needed and the distance the liquid will travel before gravity can transport it will determine the type of pump station required.

Electrical supply

While single-phase power supply is standard, larger flow rates may require three-phase power. Other options are also available to suit specific requirements.

Type of pump

Pump stations are available in single and dual pump formats.

Optional extra

You may consider other extras such as alarms which will increase the cost of the unit but will save you a lot more in case of malfunctions.


Pre-plumbed units are used for commercial operations such as car washes, mining, service stations, and workshops, and they save on installation time.

Pump stations available at Hynds

At Hynds, you fill find the following pump station products for wastewater:

Aquate Commerical Pump Station

Used for a variety of commercial operations, from residential, schools, factories and commercial developments to stormwater networks, these commercial operation pump stations can be customised to suit the specifications of your project.

The Aquate pump station is used for sewer, stormwater, or trade waste applications. It is flexible in design and can be easily installed as the systems are prefabricated. It also uses high quality branded pumps designed to meet your specifications.

Aquate Residential Pump Station

These are a range of prefabricated pump stations for domestic and commercial applications. The pump stations are used for residential homes, commercial buildings, schools, campgrounds and stormwater pump stations.

The Aquate residential pump stations are easy to install, lightweight to handle and have an adaptable design.

E.sybox Deluxe & Elite Pump & Filtration System

Although not a commercial pump station, Hynds also supplies this complete system specifically for homes. The E.sybox is a household water supply and treatment package with a ready to install pump.