Why We Need a New System

The Comox Valley Water System provides drinking water to approximately 45,000 residents in Courtenay, Comox and surrounding areas but does not meet provincial guidelines.

Watch this video about provincial water quality standards to learn more:

The history of water quality issues in the Comox Valley dates back to before 2005, when Island Health (then VIHA) ordered the CVRD to complete a Watershed Risk Assessment, which identified major risks to the Comox Lake water source.

Watch this video to learn more about our watershed and the history of water quality in Comox Lake:

Protecting our drinking water requires two important steps: treating the water, and protecting the source.

The area of land that drains into Comox Lake is approximately 461 square kilometres and the majority is KFN traditional territories or privately owned. Balancing interests such as private ownership, active logging, recreation and hydroelectric power generation, while sustaining critical fish and wildlife habitat, provides challenges for watershed management.

Comox Lake Watershed map
Our Watershed Protection Plan [PDF - 5 MB] recognizes that high quality drinking water is produced by a healthy ecosystem. This plan outlines and considers watershed protection actions specific to the Comox Lake Watershed. 

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Watershed Protection Plan achievements:

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Education initiatives
  • Hydrodynamic modelling
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Stakeholder collaboration

Watch this video to learn more about the CVRD’s Watershed Protection Plan:

Or view our Project information Boards.

For more information about the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project please see the following documents:

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