Advice on pumps for urine pumping from UD flush toilets and urinals

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Advice on pumps for urine pumping from UD flush toilets and urinals

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I would be gratefull to receive experience based advise on which pumps will work ok for moving water+urine mixture from urinals and UD flush toilets in case gravity flow is not possible. Will sump drainage pumps intended for slightly dirty water with no solids will work or it may have problems with salt acumulation on working parts and eventually failure? It is obvious for me that macerator pumps would be an overkill in this sutation. Correct?

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Re: Advice on pumps for urine pumping from UD flush toilets and urinals

What mixing ratio do you have in mind? If it's a high water to urine ratio then struvite precipitation becomes less of an issue, I guess. Also it might be important to specify the flowrate?

Maybe it also depends if the pump is used daily or only sporadically e.g. when emptying out the urine tank.

I have just done a forum search because I thought we had discussed this previously but couldn't find anything.

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Re: Advice on pumps for urine pumping from UD flush toilets and urinals

Hello Elisabeth!

There is a UD flush toilet called Ecoflush www.wostman.se/en/ecoflush
The manual says it will use 0.35 l of water per flush which I think means the dilution ration is about 1 to 1.

The idea is to pump urine-water effluent to the uphill tank automatically through sump pump and then use gravity flow to disperse the mixture as fertilizer around the site downhill. There is a possibility to install a smaller tank say 200 l under the house which is raised on post around 60 cm on the ground (partially bury) and then periodically manuall pump it to the the upper bigger tank . However I thought that automatic sump would reduce unpleasant maintanence issues for the owner. But maybe still if struvite precipitation can be a problem with automatic sump (given the house is occupied and used only periodically mainly in summer) -- the perdiodic manual pumping would be a better option.
I made a quick search on pumps-- obviously an automatic lifting station intended for toilets (with the cutter) should work but then why we need to put extra energy for the cutter if we pump only urine-water mixture. On the other hand I would probably prefer to have some buffer volume in case of electrisity absence and pump failure and these lifting station provide none.

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