IS THE CITY OF KELOWNA LAUNCHING A PIG?
No they aren’t but, the caption sure paints an interesting picture!
According to the recently released City of Kelowna’s 2014 Construction Projects; under “Other 2014 Utility Projects” they are adding a “Pig Launcher” to the Lockview Lift Station in Kelowna.
Think of it as a giant pipe cleaner.
In some industrial applications they run a self-propelled cleaning pig through at the end of each product transfer. It clears the contents so there is no line flushing required.
How did this pig acquire its name? Originally, straw was wrapped in a wire and used to clean pipes. This contraption made a squealing noise as it traveled through the pipe and many people thought it sounded like a pig squealing.
“While the ‘Pig Launcher” makes for some fun analogies, the big part of the story is that the City is spending $50 million on new and upgraded utility projects in 2014. This shows, in part, how our City is committed to ensuring the services are available and dependable for our growing population.
Follow this link to read the actual “2014 Construction Projects” document created by the City of Kelowna: http://bit.ly/1o8VhdR