The Comox Valley Regional District Engineering Department has identified a major leak in the Black Creek-Oyster Bay (BCOB) Water System. A portion of cement piping adjacent to the treatment plant has cracked and will require extensive repair.
“Our team noticed an unusually high consumption rate in the BCOB water system and ended up finding a major leak in one of our pipes,” says Kris La Rose, Senior Manager of Water/Wastewater Services. “A bypass is being installed until the pipe can be repaired, which will significantly reduce the amount of water available in the Black Creek-Oyster Bay area.”
“We’re asking residents in the Black Creek-Oyster Bay area to reduce their water use and only focus on essential consumption. Our hope is to avoid an emergency Stage 4 level, and following these restrictions will help that greatly.”
As a result of the leak, the Comox Valley Regional District will be introducing a Stage 3 Water Restriction in the Black Creek-Oyster Bay area, effective immediately.
During a Stage 3 Water Restriction, no person shall:
- Water a lawn or bouelevard;
- Fill or add water to a swimming pool, hot tub, or garden pond;
- Fill or add water to or operate a decorative fountain at any time; or
- Wash a vehicle, boat, or other equipment with water.
Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of August. During this time, water quality and cleanliness should not be affected. Traffic may be delayed in some portions along Regent Road in Oyster River, but only for short periods while the bypass carrier pipe is installed. For updates about delays, visit Drive BC.
The BCOB system provides water to approximately 2,200 residents, which is sourced from three groundwater wells and a river infiltration gallery. The CVRD drilled a third well in 2021 with the hopes it would produce enough water to meet current and future development requirements. However, capacity was less than expected, prompting future or upsized connections to be suspended until a fourth well can be installed.
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities operating on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of the land. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on providing sustainable services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
Kris La Rose, Senior Manager of Water/Wastewater Services