Construction of the new Comox Valley Water Treatment Project in British Columbia (B.C.) is near the finish line. On June 23, 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, residents may notice slight changes in taste and temperature of their drinking water. 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,” said Russell Dyson, chief administrative officer of Comox Valley Regional District. “It’s an achievement made possible by the hard work of an extremely dedicated team.”

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 Water Treatment Project, including the site and buildings will be celebrated this fall.

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The new Comox Valley Water Treatment Plan will provide drinking water to approximately 45,000 residents in Courtenay, Comox and surrounding areas. 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.

Header image credit: Comox Valley Regional District.

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