Sewer Systems

Municipalities

Septic to sewer conversion programs? Excessive I&I into your gravity sewer system? Concerns about life cycle costs? With 50 years of experience and eco-innovations, E/One has designed intelligent sewer systems that work on a truly massive scale.

Communities around the world have used E/One Sewer systems — whether they are replacing septic tanks, upgrading existing pressure sewer systems, or as an alternative to gravity sewer systems. The ALL-TERRAIN SEWER pressure sewer system from E/One offers a cost-effective alternative to gravity sewer systems because pressure force mains follow the contour of the land and need only to be installed just below the frost line, making it ideal for terrain that is flat, wet, rocky or hilly.

Pressure Sewer Systems vs. Gravity Sewer Systems

Gravity sewer systems are the "original" central sewers, with origins in the Roman aqueducts. They must be accurately bedded along a continuous downward grade and often involve very deep trenches — 20 feet or more — and large, costly lift stations. Installation and operating costs have become so exoribitant that pressure sewer has become the go-to sewer system of choice for many municipalities.

Below, FUD Knox Country, Tennessee, discuss their E/One and ALL-TERRAIN SEWER experience.

Want to see exactly how the ALL-TERRAIN SEWER pressure sewer system costs compare to a gravity sewer system? E/One has developed a Life Cycle Cost Comparison Calculator to illustrate the difference. Download it here, or contact us for more information.

Municipalities that use E/One grinder pumps

Above, transforming 114 miles of Australian coastline with the ALL-TERRAIN SEWER system.

Visit the Technical Reprints section for more stories from municipalities around the country that have chosen ALL-TERRAIN SEWER over septic tanks or gravity sewer systems.

Benefits of E/One grinder pumps

  • Safe - protects water quality and enhances quality of life
  • Reduces cost of housing, both initial and ongoing
  • Does not disrupt the beauty of the landscape or damage already-built structures
  • No preventive maintenance required of homeowner
  • Central sewers increase the value of homes

Upgrade Grinder Pumps in a Pressure Sewer System

If your community already has a pressure sewer system and needs to replace failing centrifugal grinder pumps, E/One has a solution. E/One's Upgrade pump was designed specifically for existing grinder pump sewer systems. The pump is engineered to fit into virtually any other wet well tank, allowing for easy drop-in installation. Visit the Product Catalog for more information.

E/One offers sewer system design assistance and free software. Visit our Design Center to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who owns/maintains the grinder pump stations?

A: The grinder pump stations may be owned by the council/water authority (and the pressure pipe on private property), or by the homeowners individually. In the first instance, the municipality would maintain the grinder pumps, and E/One's local distributor would keep the municipality up to date on training and product changes. If the homeowners own their individual grinder pumps stations, then they would be responsible for all installation and maintenance costs.

Q: What about backups? How can we be responsible for a homeowner who may continue to use water when a pump is down, creating a backup?

A: If the grinder pump stations are owned by the municipality, it is in the homeowner's own best interest to alert the authority as soon as possible when the high level alarm is audible. Education of the homeowner is key. In the event of an alarm condition, the homeowner should minimize use of water within the home until repairs are completed.

If the homeowners will be individually responsible for their grinder pump stations, it's still a good idea to educate them at the beginning of the project about the grinder pump stations. Our Owners Guide offers a basic description of the E/One grinder pump and answers common questions.