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Sewer pumping stations act like the hearts of the sewer system, pumping used water and sewage away from homes and businesses along sewer pipes to be treated at treatment works.

Many residents are unaware that one of the biggest causes of sewer pump failures are wipes, sanitary waste and other household material flushed down toilets and drains. Even the products marked ‘flushable’ do not break down in the sewer like toilet paper.

These items build up over time and block your local sewer pipes and pumps, stopping them from working.

Pumping stations play a vital role. Because the land in the Anglian Water region is flat, we rely on pumps to move the sewage and used water along the sewer. When these blockages happen, sewage can back up into homes and streets or cause pollution in local rivers and waterways.

Unblocking sewer pipes and repairing or replacing pumps can add considerable expense to everyone’s water bill too - expense that could be avoided.

Private sewage pumping stations

From 1 October 2016, many private pumping stations will become our responsibility. We're currently assessing them and carrying out detailed surveys and any necessary repairs.

To find out more, take a look at our private pumping station registration page.


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