SCAT Machine Building (Riggins)

Photo: The building which houses the SCAT Machine [left] at the Hells Canyon NRA Office in Riggins. USDA Forest Service file photo.

RIGGINS - According to the U.S. Forest Service, the SCAT Machine located at the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area office in Riggins is temporarily unavailable due to maintenance needs as of Wednesday, July 22. Multiple power surges in Riggins on Wednesday damaged an electrical component of the SCAT machine which now needs to be replaced.

The new part is being ordered, and a repair technician has been contacted to complete the repairs. Officials hope to have the machine operational again by the end of the month. Additional updates will be provided as they are available, or you may call the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area office at 208-628-3916.

The SCAT machine is a portable toilet dumping station designed for waste disposal near river take–out points. The system provides a user–friendly, sanitary means to properly dispose of human waste as required for floating and jet boating on rivers such as the Main Salmon. The SCAT machine will rinse and clean self–contained toilet systems such as the River Bank, Jon-ny Partner, five–gallon buckets, and 20mm rocket box ammo cans. The SCAT machine is not designed for RV dumping or cleaning RV–style toilets.