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Keeping Pump Stations Pumping

Nov 28, 2022

ACUA employees are used to dealing with the unsightly and the unwanted. Across both our Solid Waste and Wastewater Divisions, we take great pride in handling and managing the unsightly, and often quite fragrant, waste of others safely.

One integral job that often goes unseen by the public is the maintenance of sewage pump stations across the county. These stations are a critical component to the treatment process as they are charged with conveying sewage from our communities to ACUA’s regional wastewater treatment facility in Atlantic City.

Examples of some of the pump stations located throughout Atlantic County.

ACUA relies on its small but mighty team of eleven to oversee this critical infrastructure for our community.

Systems-Team-Blog.pngThe Systems Group in front of the ACUA Vactor Truck. From left: Ray, Joe, Patrick, Brad, Jeffrey, James, Derk, Daniel, Stanley W., Stanley R. and Steven.

The team manages the 21 pump stations that directly belong to ACUA’s treatment facility as well as 110 pump stations throughout the county through shared service contracts with other entities such as Stockton University, Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Atlantic County Government and Egg Harbor City.

Wastewater collected at the bottom of a pump station before it will be conveyed through the pipes.

The task entails monitoring of operations and controls, monitoring the pumps’ energy use for signals of clogs or issues, and routine maintenance. It also includes on-call emergency action when things go awry, such as major storm events that may impact flows or the supply of electricity. The team is prepared to step into action and often coordinates with ACUA’s electricians, mechanics and instrumentation techs to make critical repairs.

A pipe conveying sewage through one of ACUA's pump stations.

Three pumps located inside of one of ACUA's pump stations.

The team also provides regular maintenance for grease recovery units, which remove and collect fat, oil and greases from commercial kitchens at several Atlantic City casinos, as well as sewer line cleaning services.

While the functions of this team may go under the radar, they play an essential role in the public health of our community, and we thank them, along with the many other ACUA employees, who contribute to that mission through their work every day.