Charlie Gore, CVRD's Manager of Capital Projects, stands beside the pipe which brings water from Comox Lake (raw water) into the treatment plant. (Supplied by the Comox Valley Regional District)
Construction of the new Comox Valley Water Treatment Project is nearing the finish line.
Next Wednesday, treated water will begin flowing from the new intake at Comox Lake through to taps around the Comox Valley.
As commissioning of the new system begins, there may be slight changes in taste and temperature of the drinking water.
The CVRD says the new system will ramp up over several weeks and filtered water is expected to reach all homes connected to the Comox Valley Water System by mid to late-July.
Commissioning will be complete with the new system fully operational by mid-August.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be this close to the commissioning of such a critical project for the Comox Valley,” said Wendy Morin, Chair of the Comox Valley Water Committee.
“A modern, sustainable drinking-water supply system is essential for our growing community. We’re thankful to everyone who has helped to get us here – from our CVRD staff and our contractor AECON, to our partners in water management the K’ómoks First Nation and key stakeholders like BC Hydro and the Courtenay Fish and Game Protective Association.”
“We are at our last major hurdle before achieving this critical goal of meeting all water regulation requirements. It’s an achievement made possible by the hard work of an extremely dedicated team,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Russell Dyson.
The CVRD, says upgrades to the trailhead on Lake Trail Road will also be completed in coming months, with the new gravel parking area, water station, and outhouse washroom available for public use later this summer.
The grand opening of the entire project, including the site and buildings will happen this fall.
The new Comox Valley Water Treatment Plan will provide drinking water to approximately 45,000 people in Courtenay, Comox and surrounding areas.
The district says it will “eliminate the need for turbidity related boil water notices, remove the risk of viruses and bacteria and provide a secure supply of reliable, high quality drinking water for decades to come.”
You can stay informed with update videos as they’re posted to the CVRD’s social media channels, or by reading the latest project updates at comoxvalleyrd.ca/watertreatment.