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Last updated April 26, 2019
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Septage receiving station design and planning can seem like a straightforward and utilitarian setup.


However, building the plant and complying with regulations is only part of running a safe, profitable facility.

Septage receiving designs and challengs

Some things to consider when designing and developing a septage receiving station:

  • Type of waste received. Commercial and industrial waste may require preapproval or pre-treatment, depending on your local regulations.
  • Customer service. Septage stations have customers—your haulers and providers. Ask them what they need to make their experience at your facility better. Make them part of the process.
  • Unloading facilities should be well-lit with 24-hour access. Turn-arounds should be wide and accessible or the facility should be drive-through.
  • Equipment reliability. Schedule maintenance for slow or off times.
  • Competitive rates for purchases and sales. Determine if per-load or per-gallon is the better standard.

The current trend is towards computerization in record keeping, invoicing, and billing.

So, increasingly, are automated flow systems. Ideally, the driver or operator does not have to manually do anything beyond attach the flow valve and enter the type of load and other information on a touch screen.

An access road and remote unloading bay for septage haulers

This may be too expensive for start-up facilities, but it should not be overlooked in upgrading or remodeling a station.


The final disposition of the treated septage should be figured into the overall design of the plant.


If that seems too obvious to state, it should be noted that an eight-year, $80 million dollar upgrade of a wastewater facility in North Carolina redesigned everything…except the septage receiving facility.


Another $1.6 million had to be spent to redesign the facility.

A little forethought and planning could alleviate that expense, and assure the success of the entire project.

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