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Interdisciplinary Professional Programs

Wastewater Pumping Systems and Lift Stations See upcoming dates

Course Overview

Reliable and well-designed wastewater pumping facilities are essential for cities and sewerage systems across the United States. This course will provide you with valuable techniques and knowledge that you can apply immediately in your own systems and projects. This course will help you: 

  • Manage, design, and operate reliable and cost effective pumping facilities and forcemains 
  • Evaluate pros and cons of different station designs 
  • Prevent hydraulic problems in pumps, wet wells, and forcemains 
  • Improve station reliability 
  • Understand electric motors and VFDs 
  • Reduce problems in operation and maintenance 
  • Select optimum pumping equipment, valves, and piping systems 
  • Reduce your pumping energy costs 
  • Upgrade and rehab your pumping stations for the future

Who Should Attend?

  • Wastewater engineers, operators, and managers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Federal agencies and military bases
  • Regulatory staff

Course Outline

Pumping Station Types, Features, and Design Considerations 

  • Types of stations 
  • Types of pumping equipment 
  • Valves, fittings, forcemain piping 
  • Screening systems and grinders 
  • Ventilation and odor control 
  • Emergency power, generators 
  • Station layout and geometry 

 Pumping Equipment 

  • Drywell and submersible pumping equipment 
  • Shafts, bearings, mechanical seals 
  • Impellers, casings, wearing rings 
  • Pump characteristics and performance curves 
  • NPSH, cavitation, and other pump problems 
  • Electric motors 
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Control systems 

 Applied Hydraulics and Selection of Pumping Units 

  • Peak flow selection 
  • Computing system head curves 
  • Force main sizing 
  • Pump selection 
  • Energy usage, power demand 
  • Pumping in parallel or series 
  • Affinity laws 
  • Variable speed vs. constant speed pumping 
  • Wet well and storage considerations 

 Design Workshops 

  • Analyze flow data 
  • Select design parameters 
  • Develop system curves 
  • Select pumping equipment 
  • Critique alternative layouts 

 Other Topics 

  • Operation and maintenance challenges 
  • Air valves in forcemains 
  • Waterhammer protection: When and where do you need it? 
  • Station rehabilitation projects 
  • Special problems in wastewater pumping 
  • Other topics as requested 

 Problem-Solving Exercises 

  • Attendees will participate in problem-solving exercises that will help them to understand key aspects of wastewater pumping systems and lift stations. 


"A terrific course. Best I've ever had."

"A fantastic course! A must-attend for all that are planning, designing, or operating a sewage pumping station."

"I will be applying what I learned almost immediately when I get back to the office."

"Well done workshop. Put together superbly."

"I've never seen a better technical speaker. It's one thing to present material to college kids, and quite another to present design concepts to PE's with 25 years of experience and O&M personnel with the same. Ned did a masterful job."


Ned Paschke

Ned W. Paschke, PE, is a professional engineer and board certified environmental engineer specializing in water and wastewater facilities. He has 40 years of experience as a consultant, manager, and university educator in this field.  Paschke has directed nationally recognized water and wastewater courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he is a Professor of Practice for the UW-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Prior to joining the university, Paschke was Director of Engineering for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and a Hydraulic Consulting Engineer at national and international engineering firms.  He has been awarded the UW-Madison EPD Teaching Excellence award and the L. F. Harza Award for his technical publications and seminars.  He is also a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a J. William Fulbright Specialist, and the founder of Paschke Water Analytics, LLC.

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