Grinder Pump Station Education & Information


Written by Anthony Morelli

On April 2, 2019

Support the “life” of the grinder pump station on your property

In Lake Holiday, many residents rely on grinder pumps for wastewater collection. Pump station requires special care to maintain a long life. Aqua Virginia, our service provider, provides some practical advice to avoid premature failure and costly repair. To avoid premature failure and costly repairs to grinder pump station, please do not put the following items down the drain or toilet:

  • Dental floss
  • Glass, metal or plastic
  • Gravel, sand (including aquarium stone) or coffee grounds
  • Seafood shells, egg shells
  • Socks, rags, cloths or cleaning wipes (i.e., Swiffer cleaning pads)
  • Disposable diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Kitty litter
  • Storm water or rainwater (from downspouts or sump pumps) is not permitted

We are asking for your assistance to prevent the misuse of the sanitary sewer system and grinder pumps. This will avoid emergency calls and prevent discharges of raw sewage to the environment. Grinder pumps can provide years of service if they are not exposed to the previously mentioned items.

Additional information on the management of grinder pump station:

  • Grinder pump station requires electricity to dispose of your sewage. Should you experience a power failure, you will need to keep your water usage to a minimum until the power returns.
  • Should your residence or business be unoccupied for longer than a couple of weeks, you should remember to purge the system before you leave. You can do this by simply running clean water into the unit until the pump activates, immediately turn off the water and allow the grinder pump to run until it shuts off automatically. Leaving waste in the grinder pump for extended periods will create odors in your neighborhood.
  • Should the pump unit fail, it will activate an audible and light alarm. Should this alarm come on, please call Aqua at 877-987-2782, and a technician will be dispatched. Should the technician determine that the cause of the failure is from misuse of the pump, you will be responsible for the costs to repair it.

Below is a simple diagram of a grinder pump station:

By: Betka Hardgrave

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