FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two new facilities have been unveiled in Fort St. John that are designed to improve emergency training and increase environmental sustainability.
The city’s new water recovery facility is now operational and producing reclaimed water for industrial and agricultural uses. The $9.5 million project received a $5 million grant from the federal Gas Tax Fund. It can produce over 4,500 cubic metres, or roughly two Olympic-sized swimming pools, of reclaimed water per day.
The facility takes effluent that has already been processed by the city’s sewer treatment process and further treats it through a series of filters and screens before being chlorinated. In addition, the facility improves the effluent that is discharged into the Peace River.
Officials also revealed a new fire training centre, which features a three-storey burn building, with burn rooms on the main and second floors, and allows firefighters from across the region an opportunity to maintain and enhance their necessary emergency response skills locally. The $1.6 million fire training centre provides hands-on, live training and skills maintenance.
Industrial or commercial users looking to use reclaimed water for their activities are encouraged to visit www.fortstjohn.ca or call 250-787-8150 for additional information or to set up their reclaimed water account.