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4 Reasons Why You Need Lift Station Optimization

If you have worked in wastewater or if you are an engineer who partners with wastewater treatment plants, the tales of ragging, odor control, and corrosion are numerous. Maintaining lift stations can be time consuming for operators and expensive for municipalities. If your municipality struggles with keeping your lift stations running efficiently, here are four reasons why you need Lift Station Optimization.

The ICS Group has been assisting businesses and municipalities since 2010 dissect wastewater problems, present comprehensive technologies, and assist with full implementation and optimization of projects. Notoriously, flushable wipes have been

causing real problems for wastewater treatment operators and their lift stations for the past 40 years. Here are a few key reasons why flushable wipes are not truly "flushable":

  • Wipes do not break down as fast as toilet paper; therefore, they back up sewer systems

  • Not only can the wipes affect the pipes in your house, but they also wreak havoc on public sewer lines (meaning your neighbors may not be so happy with you).

  • If the wipes make it through your pipes and the public sewer lines, they will end up in a lift station or the wastewater treatment plant - where they will more than likely get wrapped around impellers and clogging the pumps.

What happens when a pump gets clogged?

Lift station pumps will shutdown, which causes a back-up of wastewater, and can cause serious issues for wastewater operators. Stagnant wastewater in lift stations can lead to issues with odor as well as a build-up of fat, oil and grease (FOG). Not to mention, the wastewater operators will have to remove the flushable wipe clog from the pump...and sometimes these clogs can be rather large.

The President of the ICS Group, Paul Nygaard, has developed a solution to prevent ragging, odor, and FOG issues within lift stations. "We created the Lift Station Optimization Package to combine wastewater technologies which essentially solve the issues that keep wastewater treatment plant operators up at night. Instead of solving one issue your plant is facing, this package incorporates two technologies which can be retrofitted to existing lift stations, and you can see immediate results."

What does the "Lift Station Optimization Package" include?


  • DERAGGER+ is a low-voltage, electronic pump management system that offers rea-time pump monitoring. This innovative technology maintains a clean impeller at all times while providing you diagnostic information and pump data. This small unit offers simple plug and play, provides typical payback in months, and improves electrical efficiency by up to 48%.

Reliant Water Technologies: Wet Well Wizard

  • The Wet Well Wizard Collection System Aeration is the remedy for collection system problems. This technology is the only 'one-size-fits-all' wet well aeration system that has no moving partis, is completely non-corrodible, is simple to install, requires no lifting chains, and utilizes no underwater electricity.

Each of these technologies are fantastic and when combined they can help your wastewater treatment plant and lift stations operate smoothly day in and day out.

Here are the four reasons why you need Lift Station Optimization:

  1. Our technologies can be fully automated or run on a variable system cycle time (which means fewer late-night calls to unclog pumps.)

  2. If you have a limited budget and space - this solution is perfect. The Lift Station Optimization can be retrofitted into your existing lift station and fits within a small footprint.

  3. No additional construction or buildings are needed to solve your ragging, FOG, and H2S issues.

  4. Lower your overtime expenses for the wastewater treatment plant with fewer maintenance calls for lift stations.

Ready to learn more? Click on the button to download the ICS Group Lift Station Optimization package. Please contact Paul Nygaard at (920) 676-4835 or for a meeting or virtual presentation on these technologies.

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