Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project

Protecting our ocean with a new route for sewer pipes

The Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project is a multi-year construction project that will replace the pipes and upgrade the pump stations that move more than 14,000 cubic metres of raw sewage each day to the sewage treatment plant on Brent Road.

This new system will route sewer pipes further inland where they will no longer be vulnerable to damage by waves, rocks and logs. Watch this video to find out more about the project and how it will protect the beaches and waters throughout the Comox Estuary, Point Holmes, Goose Spit coastline, as well as Baynes Sound.

About the Project

The Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project will be constructed and funded in one phase. Construction will include traditional trenching (‘cut and cover’) pipe installation along Comox (Dyke) Road, Comox Hill, Comox Avenue (to Rodello), Beaufort Avenue, Stewart and Balmoral Avenue. The pipe will be tunneled from Lazo Road to the treatment plant, and will use a route away that reduces impacts on culturally sensitive areas. The Project will also include a new, relocated, Courtenay pump station and upgrades to the K’ómoks pump station in IR#1 and Comox pump station located at Jane Place in the Town of Comox.

The CVRD is working with the K’ómoks First Nation to protect archaeologically sensitive areas during construction in an effort to preserve cultural heritage sites, ancestral burial places and artifacts. It is also collaborating with the Town of Comox to ensure smooth and efficient delivery of the project that will see planned infrastructure improvements for the Town delivered in conjunction with the sewer project to minimize disruption to homes and businesses along the route.

Part of a larger plan for sewer services in our community

This conveyance project is the result of the extensive Comox Valley Sewer System Liquid Waste Management Planning process (LWMP) which started in 2018, and was developed over three years with the input of a public and technical advisory committee.

The LWMP identified solutions for conveyance, treatment and resource recovery and included extensive public engagement throughout the process. Input was collected from the community and technical experts and was reported on throughout each stage of the process. Learn more about this plan.

Project Costs

Following a successful Alternative Approval Process to approve borrowing, and engagement with key partners and stakeholders, the final project scope was approved by the Sewage Commission on February 22, 2022 for $82 million. Since that time the construction industry has seen supply chain issues, unprecedented increases in fuel and material prices, and general inflation that is resulting in bid price increases locally and across North America. Though the project team and its advisors have been working diligently to reduce project scope and associated costs, a combination of indirect costs, scope increases and construction cost escalation made it necessary for the Sewage Commission to approve a project budget increase to $101 million at its meeting on August 9, 2022.

This increase requires additional funding to come from short-term debt. An Alternate Approval Process (AAP) will be held in Spring 2023 to seek consent from electors to borrow the additional $16.7 million required to fund the project. Long term borrowing would extend the length of debt and reduce annual payment amounts, improving the affordability of this Project. The AAP will be promoted throughout the community, with additional information about the costs for residents.

Traffic Impacts

Due to the extent and anticipated duration of construction for the project will have significant impacts to traffic throughout the course of construction. A comprehensive stakeholder engagement process was completed this summer and included meetings with key stakeholder groups such as emergency services, BC Transit and the School District, presentations to Comox and City of Courtenay Councils and downtown business associations, and engagement through a survey for other private utilities and stakeholders. This input will be used to develop a traffic management strategy which will be presented to the Commission in September and shared with the community.

Public Engagement

Open houses are planned for early November to present the project to the community and share information about traffic planning and construction impacts. These sessions will review the route, share the traffic strategy and explain how stakeholder input will be reflected in the construction planning process. Public sessions will be communicated via direct mail to homes and businesses along the route and through a comprehensive advertising plan for other Comox Valley residents.

Want to be in the know about upcoming engagement opportunities? Sign up for updates by clicking the "Follow Project" link on the right hand of the page.

Protecting our ocean with a new route for sewer pipes

The Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project is a multi-year construction project that will replace the pipes and upgrade the pump stations that move more than 14,000 cubic metres of raw sewage each day to the sewage treatment plant on Brent Road.

This new system will route sewer pipes further inland where they will no longer be vulnerable to damage by waves, rocks and logs. Watch this video to find out more about the project and how it will protect the beaches and waters throughout the Comox Estuary, Point Holmes, Goose Spit coastline, as well as Baynes Sound.

About the Project

The Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project will be constructed and funded in one phase. Construction will include traditional trenching (‘cut and cover’) pipe installation along Comox (Dyke) Road, Comox Hill, Comox Avenue (to Rodello), Beaufort Avenue, Stewart and Balmoral Avenue. The pipe will be tunneled from Lazo Road to the treatment plant, and will use a route away that reduces impacts on culturally sensitive areas. The Project will also include a new, relocated, Courtenay pump station and upgrades to the K’ómoks pump station in IR#1 and Comox pump station located at Jane Place in the Town of Comox.

The CVRD is working with the K’ómoks First Nation to protect archaeologically sensitive areas during construction in an effort to preserve cultural heritage sites, ancestral burial places and artifacts. It is also collaborating with the Town of Comox to ensure smooth and efficient delivery of the project that will see planned infrastructure improvements for the Town delivered in conjunction with the sewer project to minimize disruption to homes and businesses along the route.

Part of a larger plan for sewer services in our community

This conveyance project is the result of the extensive Comox Valley Sewer System Liquid Waste Management Planning process (LWMP) which started in 2018, and was developed over three years with the input of a public and technical advisory committee.

The LWMP identified solutions for conveyance, treatment and resource recovery and included extensive public engagement throughout the process. Input was collected from the community and technical experts and was reported on throughout each stage of the process. Learn more about this plan.

Project Costs

Following a successful Alternative Approval Process to approve borrowing, and engagement with key partners and stakeholders, the final project scope was approved by the Sewage Commission on February 22, 2022 for $82 million. Since that time the construction industry has seen supply chain issues, unprecedented increases in fuel and material prices, and general inflation that is resulting in bid price increases locally and across North America. Though the project team and its advisors have been working diligently to reduce project scope and associated costs, a combination of indirect costs, scope increases and construction cost escalation made it necessary for the Sewage Commission to approve a project budget increase to $101 million at its meeting on August 9, 2022.

This increase requires additional funding to come from short-term debt. An Alternate Approval Process (AAP) will be held in Spring 2023 to seek consent from electors to borrow the additional $16.7 million required to fund the project. Long term borrowing would extend the length of debt and reduce annual payment amounts, improving the affordability of this Project. The AAP will be promoted throughout the community, with additional information about the costs for residents.

Traffic Impacts

Due to the extent and anticipated duration of construction for the project will have significant impacts to traffic throughout the course of construction. A comprehensive stakeholder engagement process was completed this summer and included meetings with key stakeholder groups such as emergency services, BC Transit and the School District, presentations to Comox and City of Courtenay Councils and downtown business associations, and engagement through a survey for other private utilities and stakeholders. This input will be used to develop a traffic management strategy which will be presented to the Commission in September and shared with the community.

Public Engagement

Open houses are planned for early November to present the project to the community and share information about traffic planning and construction impacts. These sessions will review the route, share the traffic strategy and explain how stakeholder input will be reflected in the construction planning process. Public sessions will be communicated via direct mail to homes and businesses along the route and through a comprehensive advertising plan for other Comox Valley residents.

Want to be in the know about upcoming engagement opportunities? Sign up for updates by clicking the "Follow Project" link on the right hand of the page.

  • What We Heard: Planning for Traffic Impacts

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    In June/July 2022, we asked stakeholders, community groups and service providers for input on traffic management planning during the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project. The project will provide a critical update to sewer infrastructure that will remove an urgent environmental risk – but we recognize it will also be highly disruptive along an already-busy traffic corridor and are committed to engaging with the community to reduce impacts where possible.

    The feedback provided has helped the project team better understand how the area along Comox Road, Comox Hill and routes in/through downtown Comox are currently used, what management measures would be most helpful and what the biggest concerns are about disruption. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide input – the feedback will inform the traffic management strategy which will be shared with the community later this fall.

    The summary report about this community engagement is now available here.

    Watch for more information soon about community information sessions in November, that will provide updates about construction planning and the traffic management strategy to be implemented.

  • Traffic Management Planning

    *JULY 2022 UPDATE: This survey is now closed. A summary report will be available this fall.

    The CVRD is currently developing plans for the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project – including a traffic management strategy that will guide contractors when work begins in 2023. We are asking for the feedback of key stakeholders to inform this strategy. If you received a letter of invitation, click here to complete the form before end of day, July 10 (Sunday).

    The CVRD will have additional information for the general public this fall about the project plans ahead and to share updates about what to expect when work gets underway.

  • Learn More About the Liquid Waste Management Plan

    Part of a larger plan for sewer services in our community

    The CVRD shared its long term plan for sewer services including the final route for the Sewer Conveyance Project and future upgrades at the Sewage Treatment Plant with the community in April.

    Didn't have the opportunity to attend? View the poster boards from our open house on April 4 at the Comox Rec Centre or watch the video of the Zoom Webinar held on April 13.

  • Project Scope and Route Approved by Sewage Commission

    On Feb. 22, 2022, the Comox Valley Sewage Commission approved the final project scope for the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project. The approved scope will move the project into the final design and tendering stages.

    The scope was confirmed after 6 months of further review/assessment completed after the successful Alternate Approval Process in summer 2021. This additional assessment led to some updates from the original route presented, including:

    • Cut-and-cover (trenching) at Comox Hill: The traditional trenching method has been selected rather than tunnelling. This will reduce risk while meeting long-term operational goals.
    • New Courtenay Pump Station: A new pump station would be more cost efficient in the long-term and allow the CVRD to move it away from the River, reducing operational and environmental risk.
    • Gravity line tunneled at Lazo Hill: The pipe route will still be tunneled at Lazo Hill, and the final route selected allows a gravity flow – reducing the already-very low risk of a leak and reducing ongoing operational costs.

    The community will be invited to updates – both in person and online – in early April to share more information about the final plan forward. Watch here for more information.

  • Video Recording: Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project Information Session, February 2, 2022

    Lazo Area residents were invited to join the Comox Valley Regional District last week for two webinar information sessions to update the community about the sewer pipe route and design through Lazo Hill, statutory right-of-way for impacted Lazo area properties, groundwater monitoring and a proposed groundwater protection policy for the Lazo area.

    View the videos

    February 2, 2002 lunch hour webinar

    February 3, 2002 evening webinar



  • Planning underway for Sewer Conveyance Project

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    With a conceptual pipe route approved by the Sewage Commission in February 2021 and borrowing approved in July – the project team is working now on the final route and project scope, to be ready this fall/winter.

    Read the press release about the successful Alternate Approval Process here.

    The CVRD remains focused on minimizing costs and impacts on residents and businesses and discussions are underway with the Town of Comox Discussions are underway with the Town of Comox regarding the final route through the Town and mitigating community impacts. The CVRD is also working with the K’ómoks First Nation to protect archaeologically sensitive areas during construction in an effort to preserve cultural heritage sites, ancestral burial places and artifacts.

    Watch this page for updates on time and details of our next public engagement events in fall/winter 2021-22.

  • Update on Sewer Conveyance Planning Shared with Lazo Residents

    Two online sessions were offered in May 2021, to inform local residents about ongoing sewer planning and to address questions about the tunneling feature of the selected pipe route. This update was the third in a series of sessions hosted specifically for Lazo Area residents and build on an 18-month Liquid Waste Management Plan process that included multiple stages of public engagement. This included Area B representation on a public advisory committee (PAC) which reviewed, discussed and provided recommendations at each stage of the planning process.

    Video of the session is posted at the ConnectCVRD LWMP page.

    Any further questions? Share them here in the Questions tab or contact us at communications@comoxvalleyrd.ca.

  • Tunneling and Groundwater Information Shared with Lazo Area Residents

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    On March 4, the CVRD hosted a webinar for residents within the proposed tunneling area in Area B (Lazo area). The online session provided additional information about the groundwater monitoring and assessment work that has been completed to date, and the further planning that will be done before construction starts on the new sewer conveyance route, selected by the Sewage Commission in February. The project team responded to a number of questions from residents about potential impacts to their property, protection measures that are being planned, and other planning details.

    The information is now posted for anyone who was unable to attend:

    • Video of the session is now posted the at ConnectCVRD LWMP Page - you can find it in the videos section in the righthand menu or by clicking here.
    • While many questions were addressed during the 1.5 hour session, there were a few that required follow up. Those questions, along with the responses, are now posted in the FAQ section of the LWMP Connect CVRD page –in the right-hand menu bar as well or click here.

    Any further questions? Share them here in the Questions tab.

  • Preferred Conveyance Route Selected for Comox Valley Sewer Service

    On February 23, 2021, the Comox Valley Sewage Commission approved a plan to upgrade the pipes and pump stations that move wastewater from Courtenay, Comox and the K’ómoks First Nation to the sewage treatment plant.

    Key features of the selected option are:

    • A mix of tunneled sections (under Comox Ave. and Lazo hills) with traditional ‘cut-and-cover’ trenched installation. The tunneling will reduce the construction impact and operational pressure on the system.
    • Work to be undertaken as one phase, rather than separated into two phases divided by up to 15-20 years, to reduce risk posed by the estuary’s foreshore forcemain.

    The option is anticipated to cost $73 million, paid for by $21 million in reserves, and $52 million in long-term borrowing. The cost per household is estimated at $150/per year for 30 years. Read the press release here.

Page last updated: 21 Sep 2022, 09:34 AM