New Water Treatment Facility Complete, Providing High Quality Drinking Water to Comox Valley Residents
Fresh, filtered and fully disinfected drinking water is now flowing to 50,000 residents in the Comox Valley – an achievement celebrated with an event on September 21, 2021 at the Comox Valley Regional District’s new Water Treatment Facility on Lake Trail Road. For more information read our press release and watch the video below.
About the Project
Construction of the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project is now complete. The new system, which began construction in fall 2019, now provides a safe, reliable source of drinking water that meets provincial surface water treatment objectives guidelines. The completion of this system means:
- Elimination the need for turbidity-related boil water notices
- Removal the risk of viruses and bacteria in our drinking water
- A secure supply of reliable, high quality drinking water for decades to come
On November 28, 2018 the governments of Canada and British Columbia announced more than $62.8 million in federal-provincial funding for this project to assist in the construction of the new system and future connecting infrastructure.
- Backgrounder - Comox Valley Water Treatment Project
- Map of new water treatment system
- How the new water treatment system works
- Why the system is needed
For photos of the construction process visit our Photo Gallery.
- September 2021 - Construction Complete
- June 2021 - Commissioning Underway
- April 2021 - Project on Track for Completion by Summer
- December 2020 - Project Milestones Celebrated
- October 2019 - Construction Kick-Off
- July 2019 - Contract Awarded
- May 2019 - Licenses and Agreements Acquired
- January 2019 - Public Input Sought on Facilities Near Plant
- December 2018 - Land Acquired for Key Infrastructure
- November 2018 - RFP Issued
- November 2018 - Grant Funding Secured
Partnering with K’ómoks First Nation
The K’ómoks First Nation (K’ómoks) 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, K’ómoks has stated its support of the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project and the CVRD’s water license application.
The CVRD celebrated the start of construction and officially broke ground with the K’ómoks on October 30, 2019 at Comox Lake. From left to right: CVRD director Daniel Arbour, K’ómoks First Nation Councillors Katherine Frank and Richard Hardy, CVRD directors Wendy Morin and Doug Hillian, CVRD Water Committee Chair David Frisch, K’ómoks Chief Nicole Rempel, CVRD Chair Bob Wells and CVRD director Edwin Grieve.