What Are Septic Pumpwells and How Do They Work?

Every standard septic system possesses septic tanks. It is part of the domestic wastewater solutions for households and businesses. The septic tank is typically a large cylindrical or rectangular container buried underground and is made of polyethylene, concrete or fiberglass. This is where, used water from all the plumbing fittings are emptied into. When weighty solids settle into the bottom, bacterial action takes place and the digested slush and little bit lighter solids, such as lard, fats and oil form a layer of scum, as they rise to the top of the tank.

In addition to septic tank, some systems have pump wells. These are the housing units for sewage effluent pump, control floats and an alarm for high water. The effluent pump is designed to pump wastewater into industrial, commercial, and domestic septic systems, where the flow of wastewater in the pipe needs to be pumped to a location of great vertical extent. It may also be needed in the situation, where the location of the final effluent disposal is occurring at a higher point of the slope.

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Ecoseptic pump wells come in two series: the Econo 1000 and Econo 500. Both are engineered to  be used with sewage, grey water and storm water. The Econo 500 offers a choice of light or heavy duty lid and also comes with an adjustable inlet or outlet positions; therefore, in most cases you wouldn’t need a floater or riser as the inlet and outlet are suited to your pipe depths. These are submersible water pump wells and are sold with or without your specified pumps.

When the riser or control float is set, it causes a precise volume of sewage to be sent to the drain field. As the waste from the pumping tank reaches the exact location, it starts functioning and pumps the effluent out, until it gets to the “off” side float.

The alarm in pump wells consist of a float switch that is wired into the alarm panel. When the pump is unable to pump away the wastewater, this causes the water level to rise and this results in the float switch getting activated. An alarm sounds and a warning light flashes. This gives you an advanced signal about the pump failure that may cause the system to overflow and the wastewater to back up into the house. You should be aware of the location of the alarm device, so you could immediately deactivate it, before you call a professional to fix the problem.

The best process to avoid any such problems with septic systems is to ensure you have a maintenance plan in place that can help avoid any such problems or issues of overflow, back-up, breakdown, etc.


If you need the services of a professional in septic systems, you can call Ecoseptic at 1800 808 135 or visit us at www.ecospetic.com.au Our manufacturing plant is based in Warragamba NSW.

For pump wells installations, please contact us for a fast quote. We will be happy to speak to you, so we can give you the information that you need before you make a purchase. 

Our services cover the regions of Southern Highlands, North and Mid-North Coast, , South Coast, Snowy Mountains, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury, Riverina, Laguna, Narooma, Bateman’s Bay, Nowra, Cobargo, Mallacoota, , Moruya, Mogo, Dural, Glenn Ines, Werrington, Balmoral and the surrounding areas.