Lift Station Monitoring and Collection Systems

Lift station monitoring can be overwhelming, especially during rain events. Our cloud-based solution will alert you if a pump fails or your wet well is getting high before it becomes an issue. As a result, we want to alleviate the stresses of your job by letting you know that all is well. 

Plant personnel inspecting lift station Control panel
Plant personnel inspecting lift station Control panel
Plant personnel looking into the wet well at a lift station
Plant personnel looking into the wet well at a lift station

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Lift Station Notification for Operations & Safety


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This Plant personnel is inspecting his lift station control panel which is used to operate the pumps in the wet well. They were alerted to an issue, with one of their pumps, by a text message from Data-Command. Because of the alert, damage was avoided by a quick response on their part. (Read our blogs on Alerts & Notifications)

How a lift station works and how to monitor it

Many lift stations are composed of two pumps that alternate each time they run or, under heavy rain conditions, both pumps run to keep up with the incoming flow. Many work on a float system and do not have any form of modern automation. Whether yours has 2, 3 or more pumps, sophisticated controls, or just a simple rotator module we are a good solution for remote monitoring. (Read our blogs on Trending)

lift station monitoring diagram as an example of an cloud based remote monitoring application for Industrial Automation

Monitor Key Metrics

  • Current Status (running or stopped)

  • Number of pump cycles

  • Runtime hours

  • Wet Well Level

  • Pump failure

  • High Wet Well Alarm

  • Pump Flows

  • Flow Totalization

How to communicate with a lift station

Lift stations are located at low points in the collection system. In the past, communications with a station was very difficult. Practically the only form of communication was a landline. These included, leased lines or dial up phone lines. Today, cellular communications has become mainstream, for secure data transmission. As a result, we can use cellular modems to communicate with lift stations with good reliability. For many municipality, this is now their primary form of transmission of information.

Our cellular connectivity through Verizon Wireless Private Network, allows us to securely connect to lift stations throughout your system. Thus, we are able to give you notifications when something goes wrong. For example we can send you a text message if your wet wells goes high, a station loses power or a pump fails. Because of the way our system works, there is no limit to the notifications you can receive. Additionally, we can keep track of pump cycles and runtime hours to allow better scheduled maintenance.

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Sending lift station information to your existing SCADA

Wastewater systems have lift stations and you want to see your remote site information on your centralized on-premise SCADA system. It is for this reason, that we created a secure method of delivering this information to your plant automation platform. Having said that, we can securely deliver information to your programmable controllers through their native protocol or to your on-premise SCADA packages via OPC.

We are not just a cloud based solution for monitoring, we are also a transport mechanism. Therefore, we can collect information from remotely located stations and populate on-premise automation systems. As a result you can view this information on your local display, utilize your local alarming, trending and reporting system.