Help shape the future of our Sewer Service

TIME TO ‘PLUNGE IN’ ON SEWER PLANNING

The Comox Valley Sewer Service treats wastewater, or raw sewage, from homes and businesses in Courtenay, Comox and K’ómoks First Nation. More than 14,000 cubic metres of raw sewage from these communities flows daily through a pipe located along the Willemar Bluffs. This is an exposed section of beach that is vulnerable to damage by waves, rocks and logs and poses an environmental risk to our local beaches and ocean. A long-term plan that will accommodate the community’s growth and enable this at-risk pipe to be relocated is required.

The CVRD has completed the community engagement process on a shortlist of options for upgrading the service’s conveyance system, including the pipes and pump stations that move wastewater to the sewage treatment plant.

Information about the options are still available on this page, along with the link to a webinar providing an overview of the options here.

Next Steps:

  • Results of the public consultation will be summarized and shared with the public and technical advisory committee and Sewage Commission, for consideration in next steps.
  • The preferred option will be shared with the community when selected.
  • An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) will likely be held in 2021 to approve borrowing so that work can begin as soon as possible on a new conveyance system. Construction is currently estimated to begin in 2022 and last two years.

Costs: Implementation of any of these options will be significant for Courtenay and Comox taxpayers - ranging from $160 to $240 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. Cost estimates are at a class C level, which means the project is at a preliminary design phase. Cost estimates at this stage are based on current market conditions. When a preferred option is chosen, the project will enter the detailed design phase, at which point costs will be further refined.

Groundwater Assessment: Over the summer, the CVRD conducted geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments in the areas of Lazo Road and Comox Hill. The data gathered will determine if ground conditions can support the directional drilling that would be required for construction. This includes ensuring that groundwater levels and groundwater quality would not be negatively impacted. Once data from this work is analyzed, reports will be made available to the public. Looking for more information? Please read our information sheet on sewer planning and groundwater or view the video of our groundwater webinar responding to questions from Lazo Area residents.

TIME TO ‘PLUNGE IN’ ON SEWER PLANNING

The Comox Valley Sewer Service treats wastewater, or raw sewage, from homes and businesses in Courtenay, Comox and K’ómoks First Nation. More than 14,000 cubic metres of raw sewage from these communities flows daily through a pipe located along the Willemar Bluffs. This is an exposed section of beach that is vulnerable to damage by waves, rocks and logs and poses an environmental risk to our local beaches and ocean. A long-term plan that will accommodate the community’s growth and enable this at-risk pipe to be relocated is required.

The CVRD has completed the community engagement process on a shortlist of options for upgrading the service’s conveyance system, including the pipes and pump stations that move wastewater to the sewage treatment plant.

Information about the options are still available on this page, along with the link to a webinar providing an overview of the options here.

Next Steps:

  • Results of the public consultation will be summarized and shared with the public and technical advisory committee and Sewage Commission, for consideration in next steps.
  • The preferred option will be shared with the community when selected.
  • An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) will likely be held in 2021 to approve borrowing so that work can begin as soon as possible on a new conveyance system. Construction is currently estimated to begin in 2022 and last two years.

Costs: Implementation of any of these options will be significant for Courtenay and Comox taxpayers - ranging from $160 to $240 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. Cost estimates are at a class C level, which means the project is at a preliminary design phase. Cost estimates at this stage are based on current market conditions. When a preferred option is chosen, the project will enter the detailed design phase, at which point costs will be further refined.

Groundwater Assessment: Over the summer, the CVRD conducted geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments in the areas of Lazo Road and Comox Hill. The data gathered will determine if ground conditions can support the directional drilling that would be required for construction. This includes ensuring that groundwater levels and groundwater quality would not be negatively impacted. Once data from this work is analyzed, reports will be made available to the public. Looking for more information? Please read our information sheet on sewer planning and groundwater or view the video of our groundwater webinar responding to questions from Lazo Area residents.

  • Consultation period complete for shortlisted options

    13 Oct 2020

    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 explore this page or click here to fill out a survey.


  • Sewer Service Planning: Public Consultation Postponed

    08 Apr 2020
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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

    13 Mar 2019

    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.

  • Goals and Objectives Adopted by Sewage Commission

    28 Feb 2019

    The draft goals and objectives developed by the public and technical advisory committees with feedback from the public, were presented to and adopted by the Comox Valley Sewage Commission on Feb. 25. The approved goals establish the decision-making framework for the the long-term conveyance, treatment and resource recovery options being collected and reviewed now. Minutes from the meeting, including the staff report, can be found here.

    Results from the long-list review process will go before the Sewage Commission in March.

  • Long List Information Sessions and Online Review of Options Complete

    06 Feb 2019

    The public review process for the long list of options is now complete. The Public Advisory Committee is now reviewing the input provided and will recommend a long list of options to the Sewage Commission on March 12. These recommendations, and the feedback received from the public, will be posted here following that meeting.

    Results at a glance:

    - 497 visits to this project page

    - 111 views of the survey to review the draft long list of options in more detail

    - 19 survey comments received about the draft long list

    - 7 additional ideas for the long list posted to our Ideas tab

    - 56 attendees participated in our information sessions in Courtenay and Comox

  • Advisory Committee members chosen to represent public during sewer planning process

    03 Oct 2018
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    Eight residents have been appointed to the Public Advisory Committee to represent their communities in the development of a Liquid Waste Management Plan.These representatives from Comox, Courtenay and Area B, play an essential role in considering community goals and public opinion/feedback throughout the planning process.