Why are motorized boats allowed on our drinking water reserve, Comox Lake?
Hi Katy - the CVRD does not own the land around Comox
Lake, nor the lake itself - this means we do not have authority over motorized watercraft
use. We must work together with all stakeholders in the watershed to balance
interests such as recreation, private ownership, traditional use, active
logging, and hydroelectric power generation, while providing drinking water and
sustaining critical fish and wildlife habitat.
The Comox Lake Watershed
Protection Plan was developed to guide the management of the Comox Lake
Watershed for the long-term protection of drinking water at the highest
possible quality. You can learn more on this site's Connected by Water page over at www.connectcvrd.ca/connectedbywater
or by visiting www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/watershed.
I’ve been reading about a company, Sharc Energy, that has been converting sewage into energy. Has this company been considered as part of the sewage/wastewater for the valley?
Hello Will - Heat recovery from wastewater has
successfully been implemented at several BC locations, and is one of the
long listed options for resource recovery in the planning process now underway for the Comox Valley sewer service (we have a ConnectCVRD page for that project too - over at connectcvrd.ca/lwmp). At this stage of the process,
the team will look at the size of the available
resource (in this case heat) and at where it could feasibly be used.Those resource recovery options that look the most promising will be shortlisted for further
study, which includes consideration of various technologies and technology
providers. The simplest example of a potential use for recovered heat is
for the space heating demands at the treatment plant itself, and this is being
We hope you'll share your input over at the Help Shape the Future of our Sewer Service page moving forward, if this remains of interest.