Three UNBC students are put their engineering skills to work. Three members of the team that won international acclaim for their work with the City of Kelowna have put their knowledge to work in Fort St. James and the Nak’azdli First Nation. The community has used a lagoon system to deal with its wastewater for years, but it was time to look at a new system. They contacted UNCB who, in turn, put students Allison Matfin, Kathleen Horita and Maureen Long on the case. After several meetings, the trio put together a best case scenario. The Chief Operating Office says the arrangement was ideal on a pair of fronts.
” The first was in our effort to collaborate on a project and make use of UNBC expertise and research ability,” writes Nicholette Prince. “The second was that having this early phase research done by UNBC students provided us with a cost-effective jump start to this project.”
The researchers came up with some recommendations for the facility, looking at capital and operational costs, its footprint and its environmental impacts, which will pave the way for the communities to begin the work of seeking funding for the project.