The City of Whitehorse is considering the purchase of another “muffin monster,” an important piece of sewage treatment machinery.
The piece, one of two located at the Marwell Lift station, helps grind up waste water that is pushed towards the Livingstone Trail Environmental Treatment Facility.
The equipment prevents solids from flowing through pumps and improves the treatment process, said David Albisser, the city’s manager of water and waste services.
One failed and is being replaced, while the other is being assessed.
“It’s in pretty good shape so we’re hoping not to have to replace it right away,” Albisser said.
“They’re great machines, they do a lot of work. We’ve seen some pretty bizarre things come down the pipe.”
The failed machine was installed in 2005 and rebuilt in 2007 after “something large” got stuck and bent the drive shaft.
The same thing happened this time.
The lifespan for this equipment varies, Albisser said, as long as people don’t flush things they’re not supposed to.
When asked what some of those things included, Albisser replied “you don’t want to know.”
The strange nickname for the equipment comes from the company that manufactures it, JWC Environmental.