Air Pumps

These pumps include pneumatic ejectors and airlifts. Pneumatic Ejectors

In this pumping method waste flows into a receiver pot, and an air pressure system then blows the liquid to a treatment process at a higher elevation. A controller is usually included, which keeps the tank vented while it is being filled. When the tank is full, the level controller energizes a three-way solenoid valve to close the vent port and open the air supply to pressurize the tank.

The air system can use plant air (or steam), a pneumatic pressure tank, or an air compressor. With large compressors, a capacity of 600 gpm with lifts of 50 ft can be obtained. This system has no moving parts in contact the waste; thus, no impellers become clogged. Ejectors are normally more maintenance free and operate longer than pumps.


Airlifts consist of an updraft tube, an air line, and an air compressor or blower. Airlifts blow air into the bottom of a submerged updraft tube. As the air bubbles travel upward, they expand (reducing density and pressure within the tube) and induce the surrounding liquid to enter. Flows as great as 1500 gpm can be lifted short distances in this way. Airlifts are used in waste treatment to transfer mixed liquors or slurries from one process to another.

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