Comox Valley Water Treatment Project Update

Click on the image below to view the second issue of our new project update, which was created to help keep the community informed about this important project. We will share project milestones, timelines and progress update as we move forward with building a new water treatment system for the Comox Valley.

About the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project

With funding secure, land acquisitions complete and a contractor in place, detailed planning and design is now underway for the Water Treatment Project with construction expected to begin in fall 2019.

The project involves developing a new water treatment system to serve communities in the CVRD including new intake infrastructure, pumping stations and pipelines, force mains, transmission mains and a filtration facility.

The $126 million project budget will be covered by reserves and grant funding. Only those connected to the Comox Valley Water System will be responsible for paying for the new system at an average cost estimated at $86 per household per year.

Read about why a new water treatment plant is needed or watch the video below to learn more. Note: Since this video was created the total cost estimate for the project has been increased to $126 million. The reserves contribution has been increased to $38.5 million, and the grant funding total is now $58.5 million. The maximum of $29 million for borrowing will not change, meaning the estimated $86/household per year remains as projected.

News Highlights

Project Background

The Comox Valley water system provides drinking water to 45,000 residents, including the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox and the K’ómoks First Nation and needs to be updated. The current system doesn’t comply with the provincial surface water treatment objectives guideline.








Bringing the Comox Valley water system in line with other communities across BC, Canada and the developed world, the new system will deliver three main benefits:

  • It will eliminate the need for turbidity-related boil water notices
  • It will remove the risk of viruses and bacteria in our drinking water
  • It will provide a secure supply of reliable, high quality drinking water for decades to come.

Water Agreement Signed with K’ómoks First Nation

The K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and the CVRD signed a Mutual Benefit Agreement on September 28, 2018 confirming cooperation and collaboration in the management of water resources in the region.

In the signing of this agreement, KFN has stated its support of the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project and the CVRD’s water license application.

For more information about this agreement please see our news announcement.

Project Cost and Funding

The Comox Valley Water Treatment Project is estimated to cost $126 million.

While the project will receive federal and provincial grant funding ($58.5 million) under the Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – Environmental Quality (EQ), there will still be costs for which the CVRD will be responsible.

The Comox Valley Water System will contribute reserves of $38.5 million and the CVRD plans to borrow up to $29 million over a maximum of 25 years to finance its share of the construction costs.

The cost of borrowing this money will mean an increase in bulk water rates for users of the Comox Valley Water System. It is estimated the new system will cost roughly $86 per household/year.

Click here for more information about how we will fund our Water Treatment Project.

Project Timeline

The RFP for the project design and build closed in May 2019. The contract award was announced in July 2019, signaling the start of the construction phase of this project.

Some construction related activities (ie – land clearing) will begin in 2019 while detailed design is completed. Infrastructure construction will begin in 2020, to be complete May 2021.

Project Updates

September 2019 Update Report

July 2019 Update Report

Background Documents

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