What is a lift station?
Due to the large and varied geographic area that LaPorte covers, you can't have a single pipe that flows continuously from the northern edge of LaPorte all the way to the WWTP. So instead of having one pipe, the sewage flows into a deep pit with pumps that "lifts" the sewage to a higher elevation where it can start flowing downwards again. View a sewage pump.

These lift stations are a key component of maintaining the collection system in working order. If the lift station were to fail, sewage could fill the pump pit and overflow onto the ground causing a potential environmental hazard. The City of LaPorte currently uses remote monitoring (SCADA) on 16 of its 22 lift stations and is in the process of adding remote monitoring to the other 6.

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1. What is the collection system?
2. How does it work?
3. What is a lift station?
4. What is a combined sewer?
5. What is a storm sewer?
6. What causes a sewer to back-up?
7. Who should I call if I'm having a sewer problem?