EPG Pump Installation Guideline:

Installation Checklist  

The success of a Pumps & Controls installation begins at the design stage of each project and carries through to that very moment a new pump is cycled for the first time.

If you are the consultant, you are charged with meeting regulator requirements, fulfilling the needs of the landfill, and doing so in a cost effective manner. 

As the contractor, you may not be asked to take ownership of the system but your reputation is riding on a system that functions as intended. Your attention to detail during the installation will pay off in the future.  

Regional engineers and operations people don’t necessarily need to become experts, but they should have a good understanding of their pumping systems and be able to provide a basic level of support or troubleshooting.

Installation DOs and DON’Ts



  • Tailor specifications to each job
  • Use qualified and experienced installers & electricians
  • Establish good electrical ground
  • Adhere to color coding of wiring
  • Design properly sized force main  
  • Include air release valves in force main
  • Install pressure gauge in pump discharge line


  • Over size pumps
    • Excessive flow rate creates high velocity in sump, pulling in fines
    • Excessive pump head can lead to overload and vibration
  • Place control panel too close to riser or sump  
  • Forget to use seal-offs & not potting them 
  • Leave excess cable and hose in sump or riser

 Installing a SurePump

After running first few days:

  • Check that adequate grounding remains
  • Check voltage 
  • Look for signs of power surges (lightning)
  • Installation problems may be traced back to:  
    • Poor connections
    • Mishandled parts
    • Pump flow rate too high for sump design
    • Pumps clogged with HDPE chips or sand

After several months of service:

  • Check that adequate grounding remains
  • Check voltage
  • Look for signs of power surges (lightning)
  • Do pumps perform as expected?
  • Is there noticeable Gas Effect in play (unreliable level readings)?