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AQWA combines top-quality products, extensive knowledge, and industry experience to provide superior wastewater management solutions to clients big and small. From large multi-system commercial projects to single family homes and even public works, we can make it happen, and we've got the track record to prove it.

STEP Effluent Sewer

STEP Systems - a Better Collections System aPproach

STEP (Septic Tank with Effluent Pump) collections systems are an economical, low-impact, long-term solution to collecting and delivering wastewater to a treatment facility.

Some of the benefits and features in the technical papers and project profiles linked at the bottom of the page include:

  • Watertight collection, with no need for manholes or expensive lift stations

  • Shallowly buried, small-diameter sewer lines, quickly installed with light equipment

  • Passive, on-lot primary treatment

  • Reduced size, complexity, and cost of the wastewater treatment system

  • A minimum of 24-hour emergency storage in watertight, on-lot tanks (with normal, daily flow)

  • Low Operations & Maintenance costs

  • Lower upfront cost

  • Cost deferred until buildout

  • Non-mandatory hookups

STEP collections systems can significantly reduce the need to dig up roads, sidewalks, and otherwise disturb traffic flow and landscapes. 

Courtesy of Orenco

Courtesy of Orenco

There are two primary configurations for our STEP packages. AQWA STEP and Biotube ProPak Pump Packages

1)  AQWA STEP Package

 This STEP package includes all of the contents of an Orenco® Biotube® ProPak™ Pump Package pre-installed into an Roth Manufacturing 1000 gallon poly tank. AQWA finishes out the STEP packages with tank adapters, lids and risers cut to your communities specifications for consistently watertight installations.  

 Roth Tanks are the best plastic tanks on the market, lightweight yet incredibly strong and backed by an industry leading warranty.  This package makes for an easy install and is lightweight and simple enough for municipal staff, plumbers, or septic installers to handle and install.

All float and pump wires are pulled to the splice box with each cord labeled making control panel hook up very straightforward.

Package includes:

2) Orenco STEP Packages

Orenco® STEP Packages are complete, integrated pump packages for filtering and pumping effluent from septic tanks or pump tanks. They are designed to filter and pump effluent to either gravity or pressurized discharge points. The patented pump vault technology eliminates the need for separate dosing tanks.

If there are existing septic tanks or pump tanks to be converted to STEP, the Biotube ProPak includes all of the components you will need to turn any watertight concrete tank into an Orenco STEP system. 

Any project specified for AQWA STEP or Orenco STEP includes a complimentary Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) Analysis conducted by experienced engineers at Orenco.

STEP Sewer Design Manual

ProPak Technical Data Sheet

Warranty Information
The warranties covering the components of these STEP packages are the best in the industry.

The effluent pumps boast a 10 year warranty when purchased as part of a STEP Package. 10 years! When one of these pumps does fail, typically the liquid end of the pump can be purchase for a minimal cost of
10 year warranty  - PF Series Septic Tank Effluent Pump  

Lifetime Corrosion Warranty, 5 year workmanship/materials warranty + $2500 to pay for costs associated with tank replacement if one does fail under warranty

All other components -  5 year warranty



This video is a good intro for the general public to what an effluent sewer is all about and why you'd choose to do one. 

Orenco Effluent Sewers are an affordable, environmentally sound, and easy-to-maintain alternative to conventional gravity sewers. Ideal for municipal sewer expansions, new development, septic tank abatement projects, and commercial or residential clusters.