The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is alerting Comox Valley water system users that it will be moving to its backup pump station from January 29 to 31, 2019 while BC Hydro completes its seasonal fish screen cleaning. The backup station is located further downstream than the primary withdrawal location and is more susceptible to poor water quality during weather events.
The CVRD will monitor the situation closely and the community will be alerted should turbidity reach unacceptable levels and a boil water notice is recommended. High turbidity can interfere with the chlorination process used to disinfect the drinking water for the 45,000 residents served by the Comox Valley water system.
To register for text message or voice mail notifications about boil water notices and other emergency notifications visit: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/getnotified. Remember to choose both the community in which you live and the Comox Valley Water Supply System (boil water) notification lists. No access to a computer? You can also register by calling 250-334-6057.
Grant funding has been announced for a new water treatment system that will be fully operational by 2021. Once completed, the risk of turbidity related boil water notices will be eliminated in our community. The new system will also draw water directly from Comox Lake, upstream of the BC Hydro Penstock, avoiding any potential service disruptions during maintenance of Hydro infrastructure. For more information about this project visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/watertreatment.
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.
Media questions about the Comox Valley water system:
Mike Herschmiller, Manager of Water Services
Comox Valley Regional District
Media questions about BC Hydro maintenance:
Stephen Watson, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor