Stirring it up at the Revelstoke sewage plant

The City of Revelstoke posted photos of the newly arrived sewage stirring devices on their social media on June 12. The giant sewage mixers are designed to physically churn up the sewage treatment pond to aid for better digestion by the bacteria that process the sewage.

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Revelstoke city workers unpack a new sewage stirring device at the sewage treatment plant lagoons. The device is designed to aid bacterial processing of the waste in the lagoons. Photo: City of Revelstoke image

The City of Revelstoke posted photos of the newly arrived sewage stirring devices on their social media on June 12.

The giant sewage mixers are designed to physically churn up the sewage treatment pond to aid for better digestion by the bacteria that treat the plant.

Revelstoke City Council opted to buy the new $120,000 mixers in late May after a surprise report found that much of the ongoing odour issue was caused by the lagoons. The city is also installing a filter system on the headworks pipes to treat odours coming directly out of the sewer pipe system.

City staff work on the newly-arrived stirring devices, which were commissioned in late may at an estimated cost of $120,000. Photo: City of Revelstoke
City staff work on the newly-arrived stirring devices, which were commissioned in late may at an estimated cost of $120,000. Photo: City of Revelstoke

The City of Revelstoke has set a self-imposed deadline to have the two systems in place by June 15. A city social media post on Friday showed these images but didn’t say if they’ve been successfully installed yet, and there was no update on the filter system.

We’ll update as more information becomes available next week.

Smell from the sewage lagoons in Southside has been an ongoing issue for years, and this was a particularly bad season.

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