COURTENAY, B.C- Work keeps progressing on a new water-treatment system in the Comox Valley.

In a news release issued on Monday, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced the purchase of a 15.7 hectare plot of land, earmarked for the construction of a new water-treatment plant.

“Acquiring the land for the new Water Treatment Plant is an important milestone for the overall water treatment project,” said Director Bob Wells, Chair of the CVRD Water Committee, in the release.

“It brings us one step closer to having a modern water treatment system that meets current health standards and ensures safe, high quality drinking water.”

The land is adjacent to 4787 Lake Trail Road, and was bought from Comox Timber Ltd. for a total of $372,160.

According to the CVRD release, the location was chosen back in 2016, due to the ability to feed water distribution by gravity, eliminating the need for several pump stations in the existing transmission network.

“The CVRD Board voted to proceed with the subdivision and acquisition of the land at its in-camera meeting on November 28, 2017,” read the release.

“The CVRD was registered on title as the land owner late in January.”

The CVRD is also asking for residents input on borrowing money for the treatment system. A link to a report on that matter can be found here.