A significant leak has been identified in the 900mm steel water main as it runs under the Puntledge River and is one of the primary (and largest) transmission mains for the Comox Valley Water System.
What's Happening Now?
Water for the Comox Valley Water System exits the water treatment facility located on Powerhouse Road through two transmission mains. A significant leak has been discovered in one of these transmission mains, which runs under the Puntledge River.
Working with our consultants, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Waterworks Staff have selected a repair solution that involves installing new valves on the water main and patching the leak from the inside. The fabrication of the required valves and additional parts will take four to five weeks, and have been ordered. Construction is estimated to begin in April once they arrive.
A repair will be completed in collaboration with many stakeholders, including the City of Courtenay and Town of Comox public works, Environment Canada, the Ministry of the Environment, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, BC Hydro, Ministry of Forestry Lands and Natural Resources, Island Health, and K’ómoks First Nation.
CVRD Waterworks Staff first suspected a leak when water meter readings showed unaccounted water consumption. To narrow down the location of the leak, staff systematically isolated parts of the water system using shut-off valves. Once this was completed, leak-detection technology was used to determine a more exact location.
Since January, the CVRD has met almost daily in the office and on site with consultants and various industry specialists to assess the condition of the damaged water main, and develop a thorough repair solution. Ensuring access to healthy drinking water for residents and protecting the health of the Puntledge River will be the top priorities during the repair of the leak.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.