The Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre opened in 1984 and is one of the regional district’s most critical pieces of infrastructure. It provides wastewater treatment for residents of Courtenay and Comox and for wastewater collected from (septic) systems in the surrounding areas. To keep the centre working well, minimize its impacts on the neighbourhood and prepare it for the growth to come, upgrades are underway.
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Odour Control Upgrades
Significant upgrades to odour control measures at the Comox Valley’s sewage treatment plant are nearing completion.
The $7-million upgrades approved in January 2020 include the covering of bioreactors and treatment of the additional odorous air through a new, larger wet chemical scrubber. Odour dispersion modelling shows these measures will bring odours down to a minimally detectable level for residents living near the treatment plant.
Construction started in early 2021 and is set to be complete by summer 2021.
July 2021 Update
- Installation of the bioreactor covers is now complete. Installation of new aluminum ducting connecting the covers to the scrubber building is also nearing completion.
- A new scrubber has been installed and was commissioned in mid-June.
- Temporary ducting will be used for the new scrubber in order to achieve the odour targets in summer 2021. Installing the permanent ducting when it arrives (delayed by manufacturing and shipping delays related to COVID-19) will require shutdowns of odour control equipment. The first shutldown aoocured on July 6 and two more shutdowns will be scheduled for early August.
- Residents signed up for alerts will be notified. A short duration of increased odour is expected from the buildings or tanks during this time.
For more information about this project click on our newsletter below.
New Equalization Basin
Construction on this important piece of protective infrastructure is now complete. The basin will ensure that treatment and discharge systems work properly during the highest inflows of any given year. During the few days a year when inflows are at their highest (winter storms coinciding with high tides), it will hold excess wastewater so that all inflow is treated properly before being discharged into the ocean. At the request of the Curtis Road Residents Association those neighbours who have signed up for alerts will be notified when the basin is in use.
For more information about this important piece of infrastructure read our FAQ.
History of Odour Complaints
A legal settlement in the 1990s led to the implementation of $7 million in improvements at the sewage treatment plant, including covering of odorous tanks, a new wet chemical scrubber and the removal of biosolids to the landfill. However, some odours continued to persist and in 2013 the Sewage Commission directed staff to undertake further study work and recommend additional mitigation measures. In 2018, $2 million was invested to cover the primary clarifier and install an activated carbon polisher at the plant. Following continued complaints from the neighbours, additional modelling and analysis was completed in 2019 which resulted in the decision to invest an additional $7 million into odour upgrades, including the covering of bioreactors and a larger wet chemical scrubber.
If you have a question about the Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre please contact us by email or phone our engineering services department at 250-334-6000.
- Staff Report - Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre Odour Dispersion Modelling - October 30, 2019
- Appendices to Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre Odour Dispersion Modelling Staff Report - October 30, 2019
- Staff Report - Discussion Surrounding Requests and Concerns Made by the Curtis Road Residents Association Delegation - June 6, 2019
- Staff Report- Discussion Surrounding Requests and Concerns Made by the Curtis Road Residents Association Delegation - May 9. 2019
- Staff Report- Comox Valley Sewerage Service Budget for Capital Projects - Sept. 12, 2018
- Staff Report - Timing of Contract Awards for Odour Control- Jan.10, 2018
- Staff Report - Contract Award for CVWPCC Phase 1 Upgrades Engineering Services - Oct. 18, 2017
- Staff Report- Alternate Options for CVWPCC Phase 1 Upgrades - July 5, 2017
- Staff Report- Odour Control Systems Dispersion Modelling and Upgrade Options - Jan. 12, 2017
- Staff Report- Sewerage Service Updated 10 Year Capital Plan- Nov.9, 2016
- Staff Report- CVWPCC Capacity and Effluent Quality Upgrades - Nov.8, 2016
- Staff Report- CVWPPC Odour Control Systems Evaluation - Nov.4, 2015
- Staff Report - CVWPCC Odour Issues- Nov. 12, 2013