Shaping the future of our Sewer Service

SEWER PLANNING FLOWS AHEAD

Thank you to everyone who participated in the development of the Comox Valley Sewer Service Liquid Waste Management Plan- including the many members of the general public who participated in workshops, open houses, online surveys and online information sessions. In particular, thank you to the members of the public and technical advisory committee for their ongoing commitment over the three-year process.

The project team is now preparing the draft plan which will be submitted to the province as the second phase of this three step process. The plan will be submitted to the province for review in fall 2021 and review will take about one year. Based on feedback from the province, the plan will be revised, shared with the community and then submitted for final approval, which is likely to occur in Spring 2024.

For more background on the LWMP - including the process and the outcome - visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp

Sewer Conveyance Project Next Steps

The LWMP identified a preferred conveyance route for new/upgraded sewer pipes and pump stations, which was approved by the Comox Valley Sewage Commission in February 2021. Borrowing was approved through an Alternative Approval Process in July 2021 and this critical work is now moving forward as a separate project due to its urgent nature.

Follow us over at the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project Page for next steps, including:

  • The conveyance route will now move into detailed design, which will determine the specifics of route alignment. Some changes from the conceptual maps shared with the public could be identified to minimize impacts to residents, businesses, archaeological sites, costs and efficiencies. Discussions are underway with the Town of Comox regarding the final route, infrastructure replacement standards and community impacts.
  • The CVRD will continue dialogue with stakeholders and residents. In particular those in the Lazo area with properties located in potential right-of-ways and homeowners with wells.

SEWER PLANNING FLOWS AHEAD

Thank you to everyone who participated in the development of the Comox Valley Sewer Service Liquid Waste Management Plan- including the many members of the general public who participated in workshops, open houses, online surveys and online information sessions. In particular, thank you to the members of the public and technical advisory committee for their ongoing commitment over the three-year process.

The project team is now preparing the draft plan which will be submitted to the province as the second phase of this three step process. The plan will be submitted to the province for review in fall 2021 and review will take about one year. Based on feedback from the province, the plan will be revised, shared with the community and then submitted for final approval, which is likely to occur in Spring 2024.

For more background on the LWMP - including the process and the outcome - visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp

Sewer Conveyance Project Next Steps

The LWMP identified a preferred conveyance route for new/upgraded sewer pipes and pump stations, which was approved by the Comox Valley Sewage Commission in February 2021. Borrowing was approved through an Alternative Approval Process in July 2021 and this critical work is now moving forward as a separate project due to its urgent nature.

Follow us over at the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project Page for next steps, including:

  • The conveyance route will now move into detailed design, which will determine the specifics of route alignment. Some changes from the conceptual maps shared with the public could be identified to minimize impacts to residents, businesses, archaeological sites, costs and efficiencies. Discussions are underway with the Town of Comox regarding the final route, infrastructure replacement standards and community impacts.
  • The CVRD will continue dialogue with stakeholders and residents. In particular those in the Lazo area with properties located in potential right-of-ways and homeowners with wells.
  • Planning underway for Sewer Conveyance Project

    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 regarding the final route, as well as the K’ómoks First Nation, to ensure protection of archaeologically sensitive areas during construction.

    Follow along at the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance 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

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    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 now posted here at ConnectCVRD - you can find it in the videos section in the right hand menu or by clicking here.

    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 here at ConnectCVRD - 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 this 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

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    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.

  • Public Input Informs Preferred Route Selection

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    The Comox Valley Sewage Commission’s selection of a preferred conveyance route was based on input from staff, technical experts, public and technical advisors. The Commission also considered input gathered as part of the public consultation completed in fall 2020. A report summarizing that feedback is available now.

    Read Report Here.


  • Preferred options for treatment and resources recovery selected

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    The Sewage Commission has approved the preferred options for treatment and resource recovery for the Comox Valley Sewer Service’s Liquid Waste Management Plan. Directors have approved Option 2 for treatment, which would see the addition of Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and secondary treatment for all flows. This was the recommended option by the PAC/TAC based on their technical review and consideration of public feedback. Click here to read the staff report. The sewage commission has also agreed that reclaimed water use should be considered as part of the master planning process for the sewage treatment plant.

    • The preferred option for conveyance (pipes and pump stations) will be selected in coming months.
    • The CVRD will report back to the public on the full suite of LWMP decisions once completed.
    • Visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp for more information
  • Consultation period complete for shortlisted options

    The public consultation period for the shortlist of conveyance options is now complete. Thank you to everyone who participated in the online survey and attended the open houses and webinar. The project team will relay the results of the consultation to the public and technical advisory committees and Sewage Commission, for their consideration as a preferred option is selected. Watch the ConnectCVRD page for more updates as we move forward.

  • Time to Pipe Up: CVRD relaunches consultation on sewer service planning

    The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) relaunches its public consultation today on the long-term plan for the Comox Valley Sewer Service, which moves and treats raw sewage (wastewater) from Comox, Courtenay and K’ómoks First Nation.

    This stage of the process is looking at conveyance options – the pipes and pump stations that collect and move wastewater to the treatment plant. This system currently includes a raw sewage (wastewater) pipe located along Balmoral Beach (Willemar Bluffs) that is vulnerable to damage by waves, rocks and logs – and poses an environmental risk beaches and waters throughout the Comox Estuary, Point Holmes and Goose Spit coastline, as well as Baynes Sound.

    Three possible routes are under consideration that will allow the decommissioning of the exposed sewer pipe. Costs for implementation of any of these options will be significant for Courtenay and Comox taxpayers - ranging from $160 to $210 per year, per household. All potential routes will pass along Comox (Dyke) Road and through downtown Comox and the Lazo Hill area, which means an added burden of construction impacts for those moving through and living in these areas. Construction is currently estimated to begin in 2022 and last two years.

    After a postponement in March due to COVID-19, the public can once again ‘Pipe Up’ and weigh in on the cost of the proposed upgrades, potential construction impacts and environmental protection considerations for each route option.

    “There is a lot on people’s minds right now, while it’s hard to add sewer to this list– we are at a critical stage to discuss how the options under consideration will impact residents,” said David Frisch, Chair of the Sewage Commission. “The risk at Willemar Bluffs only increases as time passes and we need to hear from the community so that we can move with the right solution.”

    For more information, please explore this page. The survey is now closed.


  • Sewer Service Planning: Public Consultation Postponed

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    The Comox Valley Sewage Commission has approved plans to reschedule public engagement on the future of the Comox Valley Sewer Service, as the community adjusts to a new normal amidst COVID-19 mitigation measures. Consultation will now take place in the fall, when it’s hoped the community can participate with more interest and capacity.

    The revised schedule will include online and open house consultation through the month of September, with the goal of staff providing a recommended option, based on the public and technical experts’ feedback, to the sewage commission in November 2020.

    Read the full Press Release here: Sewer Service Consultation Postponed.

  • Sewage Commission Moves Long List Forward

    At their March 12 meeting, the Comox Valley Sewage Commission adopted the long list of options for conveyance, treatment and resource recovery in the sewage planning process underway now. A staff report, which included recommendations based on feedback from the public and technical advisory committees, outlined the full list of options that will be considered.

    Information sheets on the long list options are available in the documents section of this page (in right-hand column of webpage).

    The long list will now go through a review process with technical consultants and public and technical advisory committees, who will consider the agreed-upon goals and objectives of the planning process to identify a short list. Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved in reviewing the short list.

    For more information, read the staff report here.

Page last updated: 16 July 2021, 10:35