Experience with Pressure Sewerage

by Mortimer A. Clift,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 5, Pg. 849-866

Document Type: Journal Paper


The transport of sewage and waste liquids by means of a closed-to-atmosphere pressure sewer system is described. Pressure sewerage offers a substantial reduction in sewer construction costs in locations, or under conditions, adverse to gravity sewerage, such as sparsely settled areas, irregular topography, sandy, wet, or marshy soils, tidal areas, lake settlements and areas of high rock. Experience with pressure sewerage over a 3 yr period at Radcliff, Ky. is described, including factors influencing its use, design considerations, economies obtained and operational and maintenance procedures developed. Information is included on availability and performance characteristics of individual pumping units. Estimated costs on two proposed projects involving pressure sewerage are given.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Sewers | Construction costs | Sewage | Waste management | Gravity sewers | Topography | Soil properties

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