600 Comox Road
Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
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March 11, 2016
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Island Health have lifted the boil water notice effective immediately.
The CVRD normally withdraws water from the Puntledge River through BC Hydro’s penstock (a large pipeline). At times, due to system maintenance or for operational needs, the CVRD must instead utilize its standby pump station downstream on the Puntledge River where water quality is less favorable - as was the case March 7 - 9, 2016.
On March 9 in the late afternoon, the CVRD was able to move back to the regular intake for the Comox Valley water system. The community should be aware that CVRD will be utilizing its standby pumping station when BC Hydro completes their work sometime starting next week so the turbine, that’s been out since March 3, can go back into service. Depending on river water quality at that time, the CVRD may need reinstate a boil water notice in order to protect public health.
The water quality was not ideal through the watershed due to the storms going back to March 3, but because BC Hydro had isolated the water in the penstock from March 3-7, due to the shutdown, it enabled the CVRD to not to go on a boil water notice until March 8.
Those areas affected by the boil water notice were the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent, and England Road water local service areas.
Island Health guidelines recommends the following after a boil water notice has been lifted:
For up-to-date information and resources on the boil water notice, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/boil.
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
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Manager of community engagement and education
Comox Valley Regional District