It is important that the residents are aware if their development relies on a pumped drainage system. This is to ensure that the system is taken care of to reduce the risk of plant failure as much as possible.
Here is an example of a resident’s letter Paradigm provide to developers.
RE: Pumping Station Disposal Guidelines
The foul waste from your property is currently connected to a sewage pumping station maintained by Paradigm Systems.
A pumping station is an underground storage chamber with internal pumps designed to pump the sewage from a development to the nearest main sewer. Pumping stations are installed where gravity sewage for cannot be achieved therefore requires a system to ‘lift’ the sewage to the nearest gravity sewage main. These systems are very common and are found on many new developments.
Your pumping station is designed to handle human waste however certain items commonly flushed away can cause blockages and system failures.
Paradigm recommends that the following items SHOULD NOT be disposed of through the pumped drainage system;
- Tampons and sanitary towels: due to materials used in the products they are not flushable and must be disposed of in a bin
- Disposable Nappies: these are not designed to be flushed down the toilet and will certainly block the pumping station if disposed of in this way
- Items made of cloth or plastic should not be flushed down the toilet, as again they do not naturally decompose in order to be safely pumped away. Common items that are found in cases of blockages of this nature are items of clothing, ‘J’ cloths, baby wipes and cotton buds.
- Cooking Fats & Oils: When fats/oils/grease are disposed of through the drainage system, they very quickly solidify when they make contact with the drains due to the temperature drop. This can hinder float switches from operating correctly therefore the risk of a pump failure is a high
Thank you for your cooperation.