Regional Water Strategy

The regional water strategy, as mandated by the provincial government in 2008, identifies all viable water sources and provides a recommended water supply service plan and operating structure for a regional water supply system. The development of a regional water supply strategy will be integrated with the regional growth strategy as part of long-range plans for the Comox Valley.

Public consultations were held over two days in three valley locations the week of May 10, 2010. Information presented at the consultations is available for download below:

Update

The draft regional water supply strategy was sent to the provincial government for review on May 28, 2010.

A response from the province was received on November 25, 2010:
- View letter from the province [PDF - 124 KB]

The regional water supply strategy was forwarded to the member municipalities for comment and input. The comments from the member municipalities and the collation of all reports were required to complete the final strategy.

The regional water supply strategy and technical memoranda were received at the committee of the whole (COW) in May 2011. The technical consultant analyzed option R-5 (water supplied from Comox Lake, through Cumberland to the current sub-regional system and areas south of Courtenay including Royston and possibly Union Bay) and technical memoranda were received at the October 2011 COW meeting. There is an orientation session planned for the CVRD board in 2013, during which we will review the work to date and provide guidance on the next steps.

View related staff reports here

Backgrounder

When the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) was established in February 2008, the provincial government required, through letters patent, that the CVRD (excluding Hornby and Denman Islands) develop a comprehensive regional water strategy.  In accordance with this mandate [PDF - 63 KB], the CVRD board has established the Comox Valley water supply commission, the Comox Valley water supply advisory body and the Comox Valley water supply steering committee.

These three bodies, working together, are charged with the responsibility to ensure that the concept of a regional water system is fully studied and investigated. The mandate of this commission is to develop an overall regional water strategy that identifies all viable water sources and further to provide a recommended water supply service plan and operating structure for a regional water supply system.

In addition, the province has required that the CVRD develop plans, policies and actions related to regional water demand management and watershed protection.

Project Manager

Wedler Engineering has been awarded the contract as project manager and Andrew Gower has been appointed to that position. To make an appointment with the project manager, please call 250-334-3263.