Comox Valley Water Treatment Project

The Comox Valley Water System provides drinking water to 45,000 residents but doesn’t comply with current provincial guidelines.

A new system is needed to bring our water treatment in line with other communities across BC, Canada and the developed world.

Project Timeline

Construction of the new water treatment system is scheduled to begin late in 2019 and will be fully operational by 2021.

Project Cost

The project budget for the new water treatment system is $126 million, an increase from the 2017 estimate of $110 million. The new cost reflects market realities such as increased costs for labour and materials, and includes a contingency for unexpected costs.

While at least 77 per cent will be paid by reserves (38.5 million) and grant funding (58.5 million), the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) must borrow up to $29 million to pay for the remaining share of costs of the project.

Who Pays

Only those connected to the Comox Valley Water System will be responsible for paying for the project, at an average cost estimated at $86 per household per year.

Boil Water Notices

The Comox Valley Regional district has installed temporary UV treatment which is expected to reduce boil water notices by about 80 per cent until construction is complete.

Once the new system is up and running turbidity related boil water notices will be eliminated altogether.



The Comox Valley Water System provides drinking water to 45,000 residents but doesn’t comply with current provincial guidelines.

A new system is needed to bring our water treatment in line with other communities across BC, Canada and the developed world.

Project Timeline

Construction of the new water treatment system is scheduled to begin late in 2019 and will be fully operational by 2021.

Project Cost

The project budget for the new water treatment system is $126 million, an increase from the 2017 estimate of $110 million. The new cost reflects market realities such as increased costs for labour and materials, and includes a contingency for unexpected costs.

While at least 77 per cent will be paid by reserves (38.5 million) and grant funding (58.5 million), the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) must borrow up to $29 million to pay for the remaining share of costs of the project.

Who Pays

Only those connected to the Comox Valley Water System will be responsible for paying for the project, at an average cost estimated at $86 per household per year.

Boil Water Notices

The Comox Valley Regional district has installed temporary UV treatment which is expected to reduce boil water notices by about 80 per cent until construction is complete.

Once the new system is up and running turbidity related boil water notices will be eliminated altogether.



  • Construction to Start Next Month on the New Comox Valley Water Treatment Project

    24 days ago
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    Final steps are moving ahead in order to begin construction on the new Comox Valley Water Treatment Project in just a few weeks. Following the award of the construction contract to AECON Water Infrastructure in July, next steps have progressed quickly, including the project kick-off meeting, receipt of detail design drawings, confirmation of construction schedule, and the finalizing of an important agreement with BC Hydro.

    Final steps are moving ahead in order to begin construction on the new Comox Valley Water Treatment Project in just a few weeks. Following the award of the construction contract to AECON Water Infrastructure in July, next steps have progressed quickly, including the project kick-off meeting, receipt of detail design drawings, confirmation of construction schedule, and the finalizing of an important agreement with BC Hydro.

  • Water Treatment Project Update #2

    24 days ago
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    Read the CVRD’s latest Water Treatment Project Update for highlights on the design-build contract award, updated project budget and future site design.


    Read the CVRD’s latest Water Treatment Project Update for highlights on the design-build contract award, updated project budget and future site design.


  • Contract Awarded for New Water Treatment System

    3 months ago
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    After years of preparation and planning, the Comox Valley Regional District’s new water treatment system project has officially moved into the construction phase with award of the design-build contract to AECON Water Infrastructure Inc.


    After years of preparation and planning, the Comox Valley Regional District’s new water treatment system project has officially moved into the construction phase with award of the design-build contract to AECON Water Infrastructure Inc.


  • Recent Approvals Mark Major Milestone for the Water Treatment Project

    5 months ago
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    The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has successfully acquired all necessary water licenses and land use agreements for their new water project, setting a clear path for construction to start on schedule this year. The CVRD’s new Water Treatment Project Update highlights these initiatives in a quarterly progress report.



    The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has successfully acquired all necessary water licenses and land use agreements for their new water project, setting a clear path for construction to start on schedule this year. The CVRD’s new Water Treatment Project Update highlights these initiatives in a quarterly progress report.



  • Trail Head Survey Results Available

    7 months ago
    Wtp sitemap final

    The CVRD recently asked for thoughts and opinions about proposed recreational facilities and amenities at the future Comox Valley Water Treatment site off Lake Trail Road. The site offers access to Bevan Trail and the Puntledge Trail network and we wanted to ensure that any amenities created there will meet the needs of those who use or live near the trails in the area. Thank you to all who responded to our survey. The survey results have been summarized – click here to download the full report.

    The CVRD recently asked for thoughts and opinions about proposed recreational facilities and amenities at the future Comox Valley Water Treatment site off Lake Trail Road. The site offers access to Bevan Trail and the Puntledge Trail network and we wanted to ensure that any amenities created there will meet the needs of those who use or live near the trails in the area. Thank you to all who responded to our survey. The survey results have been summarized – click here to download the full report.

  • Participate in Our Survey: Trails & Amenities Near Future Water Treatment Plant

    24 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Wtp sitemap final

    The land acquired for the new Water Treatment Plant includes unofficial access to the Bevan and River Trails within the Puntledge Trail Network. The CVRD is considering installing a connecting trail and new facilities to make the area more accessible to the public. We are asking residents to weigh in with their opinions about amenities and other considerations.


    The land acquired for the new Water Treatment Plant includes unofficial access to the Bevan and River Trails within the Puntledge Trail Network. The CVRD is considering installing a connecting trail and new facilities to make the area more accessible to the public. We are asking residents to weigh in with their opinions about amenities and other considerations.


  • Land Acquisition for Water Treatment Project Moves New Fish and Game Hatchery Project Forward

    10 months ago
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    The CVRD and the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association have concluded an agreement that will see the CVRD acquire land and statutory rights-of-way needed for the construction of key infrastructure for the new Comox Valley Water Treatment Project. In exchange, the CVRD will provide the raw water needed for the Fish and Game Association's proposed hatchery project.

    The CVRD and the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association have concluded an agreement that will see the CVRD acquire land and statutory rights-of-way needed for the construction of key infrastructure for the new Comox Valley Water Treatment Project. In exchange, the CVRD will provide the raw water needed for the Fish and Game Association's proposed hatchery project.

  • Grant Funding Confirmed for Water Treatment Project

    11 months ago
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    The CVRD is pleased to confirm the Government of Canada and Province of BC today committed $62.8 million in federal-provincial funding for a new drinking water treatment system in the Comox Valley Regional District.


    The CVRD is pleased to confirm the Government of Canada and Province of BC today committed $62.8 million in federal-provincial funding for a new drinking water treatment system in the Comox Valley Regional District.


  • K’ómoks First Nation and CVRD Sign Water Agreement

    about 1 year ago
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    The K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) are pleased to announce the signing of a Mutual Benefit Agreement confirming cooperation and collaboration in the management of water resources in the region.


    The K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) are pleased to announce the signing of a Mutual Benefit Agreement confirming cooperation and collaboration in the management of water resources in the region.