Your Concerns

5 months ago
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What are your concerns when it comes to the sewer service or planning of sewer services in Courtenay and Comox? 

  • greendog 9 months ago
    The public does not seem to be kept up-to-date on the planning that we are to believe is going on. How about an accurate, informative status report?
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff 9 months ago
      Thanks for your interest in the LWMP process. The current status as posted remains the same – the long list is in review. We are currently consulting with our First Nations partners regarding the long list of options and their feedback will inform the PAC/TAC’s review and ultimately the sewage commission’s decision. We have another meeting scheduled with our Technical and Public Advisory Committees next month and expect to be back before the public with an update/next steps in the new year.
  • riotctrl about 2 years ago
    There are pipes into the puntledge river all the way down it.. are these old sewage pipes that used to or still used to pump house sewedge into the river?
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 2 years ago
      Hello – the Courtenay/Comox wastewater system has no pipes into the river. All wastewater from the service area is collected and sent to the treatment plant located on Brent Road. Once cleaned and treated, it’s released to the ocean. Let us know if you have any other questions,
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      • Sid Lodewyk about 1 year ago
        So would the pipes that are seen be stormwater / street drainage? Who looks after stormwater?
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        • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 1 year ago
          Hello Sid - we understand those are part of the City of Courtenay's storm water collection system. The municipality operates and maintains that system.
  • greendog about 1 year ago
    The CVRD appears to be content to sacrifice the Curtis Road area for the sole benefit of the rarefied residents of Courtenay and Comox, including the Base. The CVRD needs to comply with its own by-laws dealing with odour and nuisance, and stop insisting that the Curtis Road area has to be content with the CVRD's so-called best efforts. No expansion of the Sewage Treatment Plant on the Brent Road property should occur until the CVRD has solved a problem that it created and which has been ongoing for 35 years.
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 1 year ago
      Thank you for your comment. Meeting high odour standards is a key priority that has been identified as part of the Liquid Waste Management Planning process as we plan the future operations of the sewer service. Staff are continuing upgrades to reduce odours, including covering of primary clarifiers and installation of a new air scrubber installed in 2018. Follow up odour assessment will be undertaken this summer to inform next steps. Watch for updates at the treatment plant's upgrades page: https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/upgrades
  • Sid Lodewyk over 1 year ago
    Odour from the Brent Road plant is an ongoing concern. The new odour control system seems to be working very well so far, and odour is much improved over this summer. Keep up the good work!
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    • greendog about 1 year ago
      . . . . Not from what I am reading in local media. The CVRD does not seem to be able to effectively deal with the odour problems it entirely has created.
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      • Sid Lodewyk about 1 year ago
        I agree that there have been days with higher odour in the past few months. Can CVRD comment on how the new odour system is working and the % of time it is working well?
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        • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 1 year ago
          Hi Sid: Thanks for your question. The upgrades to the plant completed last year were estimated during the planning stage to reduce odour by 80 per cent. A follow up odour assessment is scheduled for this summer to determine the degree of success and inform next steps for the facility.
  • Edi Johnston about 2 years ago
    Cumberland has been trickling its overflow wastewater into the Trent and then Baynes Sound for years and won't stop until 2020. Henry Bay has been identified as a "hot spot" for micro beads- do the math. Baynes Sound is an embayed water and cannot support a sewer outfall. Where will the Union Bay Kensington Development wastewater go? Baynes Sound is overtaxed already and supplies 1/2 of all BC's shellfish, adding more wastewater will destroy the shellfish industry not to mention the marine ecosystem.
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 2 years ago
      Thanks Edi. This planning process is specific to the Comox Valley Sewer Service (servicing Courtenay and Comox), and the existing treatment plant and outfall. There is no discussion about the addition of an outfall.
  • marieclare about 2 years ago
    We need sewage hook up in Royston. You can see fecal matter heading into drainage ditches and out into the ocean from defunct septics. We play in that water. :(
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 2 years ago
      Hi there. As you may know, the south sewer project was a collection and treatment system proposed for the Royston and Union Bay area in 2016. A referendum to borrow funds for construction of the project however did not pass and the project was put on hold. However, Directors with the sewage commission recently agreed to consider receiving wastewater from this area and the CVRD is planning to restart the south region liquid waste management planning process for the area shortly. The wastewater planning process discussed at this page is focused on Comox and Courtenay and potential growth areas around those communities. We will be sharing more information about wastewater planning for Royston and Union Bay in months to come.
  • fmayhood about 2 years ago
    My concerns are two fold. First that the system be as invisible in daily operation as is humanly possible. Secondly, that the system have as small an impact on the environment as we can manage.
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment. These comments will help with the planning process moving forward.
  • Samdog1980 about 2 years ago
    Will opinions expressed on here make their way to the City of Courtenay? Waiting on getting hooked up to sewer since 2014 when our taxes were raised with no increased services.
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    • Admin Commented CVRD Staff about 2 years ago
      The City of Courtenay is a part of the sewer service and has representatives on the sewage commission. They are also participating in the liquid waste planning process. These comments will be shared. Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to add.