Disposal Guidelines For Waste Water Pumping Stations

Foul pumping stations are designed to pump sewage and waste water only.  There is an ever increasing problem with foriegn objects being flushed down toilets, entering the pump station, this in turn leads to blockages and subsequent pump failure.  If your property or part of your property is served by a pumping station we would recommend that you take note of the following to ensure the system runs at optimum performance.  The following items should not be disposed of through the drainage system;

  • Sanitary Towels and Tampons – The materials used in the products are not flushable and should be disposed of in a bin.
  • Disposable Nappies – Due to their size these will cause blockages and subsequent pump failure
  • Cloth or Plastic Items – Whilst some of these items are designed to break up, this process will not occur prior to entering a pumping station therefore will certainly cause pump blockages.  These include ‘J’ Cloths, baby wipes, cotton buds and items of clothing.
  • Cook Fats and Oils – If disposed of down a drainage system, these will solidify around vital level controls which can inhibit the pump equipment from operating and can result in pump station failure.