Help shape the future of our Sewer Service

Please note: Public consultation on the Comox Valley Sewer Service LWMP is currently on hold. See update below.

Sewer Planning: Public Engagement on Hold

The Comox Valley Sewer Service, which treats wastewater, or raw sewage, from homes and businesses in Courtenay, Comox and K’ómoks First Nation, needs a long-term plan that will help the Comox Valley Regional District plan for the future.

JUNE 2020 UPDATE:
Public engagement on the future of the service has been rescheduled to the fall in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This decision was made to ensure the community can focus on the current public health issues, and that the quality of public consultation on this important issue isn’t compromised.

Engagement – including the re-launch of an online survey on the shortlist of conveyance options (pipes and pump stations) is targeted for late summer. Responses to the survey that was live on this page in March have been saved and will form part of the final report. Stay tuned here for updates on future planning and opportunities to weigh-in as they become available.

Geotechnical Assessment Underway
To further assess the feasibility of tunneling options under consideration, the CVRD is undertaking geotechnical work including hydrogeological asessment in the Lazo/Butchers Road area, beginning June 15 for roughly two weeks. Please contact engineeringservices@comoxvalleyrd.ca with any questions about this work.


Please note: Public consultation on the Comox Valley Sewer Service LWMP is currently on hold. See update below.

Sewer Planning: Public Engagement on Hold

The Comox Valley Sewer Service, which treats wastewater, or raw sewage, from homes and businesses in Courtenay, Comox and K’ómoks First Nation, needs a long-term plan that will help the Comox Valley Regional District plan for the future.

JUNE 2020 UPDATE:
Public engagement on the future of the service has been rescheduled to the fall in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This decision was made to ensure the community can focus on the current public health issues, and that the quality of public consultation on this important issue isn’t compromised.

Engagement – including the re-launch of an online survey on the shortlist of conveyance options (pipes and pump stations) is targeted for late summer. Responses to the survey that was live on this page in March have been saved and will form part of the final report. Stay tuned here for updates on future planning and opportunities to weigh-in as they become available.

Geotechnical Assessment Underway
To further assess the feasibility of tunneling options under consideration, the CVRD is undertaking geotechnical work including hydrogeological asessment in the Lazo/Butchers Road area, beginning June 15 for roughly two weeks. Please contact engineeringservices@comoxvalleyrd.ca with any questions about this work.


Have a question about the sewer service in Courtenay or Comox? Go ahead and ask us. We love talking about this stuff! 

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  • Will you be adjusting your hoped-for timelines, given the COVID-19 crisis?

    greendog asked 4 months ago

    Hello greendog – as you can imagine this is a difficult and unprecedented time in our community’s history. The CVRD’s operations are being adjusted daily to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The good news is that our online survey is underway and we are continuing to advertise and encourage residents to participate using our online tool. We will be assessing our timelines in the coming weeks and will share updates as information becomes available.


  • Where can one access the meeting Notes/Minutes of the PAC, the TAC and the joint PAC/TAC meetings?

    greendog asked 4 months ago

    Hello greendog – to access agendas and minutes, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp. They are listed below “Public Advisory Committee Meetings”, when you open up the drop down menu.

  • Who designed your Survey?

    greendog asked 4 months ago

    Hello greendog - The survey was developed by the project team, including engineering and communications.

  • Will Royston be included as we are now part of Courtenay?

    Janet McFadyen asked 4 months ago

    Hello Janet – This consultation focuses on properties serviced by the Comox Valley Sewerage Service including those in the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay and the K’omoks First Nation. Royston is outside of these boundaries. There is ongoing review regarding the future of wastewater service for the Royston/Union Bay area, and we will continue to keep the community informed about any updates as they are available.

  • As an area B resident that is not served by a CVRD sewer system, am I going to be paying for any of this?

    TCH asked 4 months ago

    Hello TCH – the sewer service is paid for by its users, and Area B is not currently a participant in this service.

  • I actually Have two questions. 1. Will the residents of Lazo Road finally be connected to the sewer system? 2. With all the planned construction along Lazo road will the city put a bike path in? I have lived here 4 years and there has only been a handful of days that I have not seen bikes and/or walkers on the road. This is especially dangerous on the hill going up to Knight road/Kye Bay.

    Albert Englehart asked 4 months ago

    Hello Albert – there are no current plans to connect properties along Lazo Road to the sewer system. Planning for the proposed infrastructure upgrades is not far enough along to consider a bike lane, but your comment will be shared with the project team for future consideration.

  • Please email links to: 1. The Short List> "Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved in reviewing the short list of options." 2. The Long List and the Short list costs for each option?

    Lifeforce asked 6 months ago

    Hello Lifeforce. The sewage commission will consider the short list of options in the next few months. When the short list is approved the CVRD will consult with the community to collect feedback on the options. Links to the information you’ve requested will be shared here, but aren’t yet available. A high level cost estimate will be included when the shortlist is posted.


  • What does the CVRD consider to be "the next stage" of the LWMP process? When does the CVRD anticipate such progress beginning? According to the original schedule, was not all of the engineering work for Stages 1 and 2 to have been completed by now? When can the public expect the release of the short list of conveyance options?

    greendog asked 6 months ago

    Hello greendog – As laid out in the timeline (or ‘lifecycle’) of this page, we are currently in the process of narrowing down a long list to a short list. A short list will be considered along with the input from the public and technical advisory committees and K’ómoks First Nation by the sewage commission likely in the first quarter of this year. Once the short list is approved, we will proceed with another opportunity for public engagement, asking the community for their comments and thoughts on the shortlist as we work toward a preferred option. 

  • Hello, CVRD - What is IR1? What are the dates of the consultation meetings that have occurred to date with KFN?

    greendog asked 8 months ago

    Hello again greendog. IR1 is the reference for the main parcel of KFN’s reserve lands along Comox Road. The CVRD has ongoing, regular meetings with KFN representatives, in the same capacity that we do with other levels of government concerning matters of joint interest. We ask for your patience as we prepare for the next stage of the LWMP process in the new year.


  • Please explain the difference between the way First Nations are consulted and the way the non-First Nations public are consulted. Why are the consultations being held separately? What is the weighting applicable to the input from both groups. Will the First Nations consultations be reflected in reports uploaded to the CVRD's website, akin to what has been done to date with regard the PAC/TAC Meeting Minutes?

    greendog asked 8 months ago

    Hello greendog - Engagement with the K’ómoks First Nation is a government-to-government consultation, and is a process separate from the consultation with stakeholder groups. As most of the conveyance options being examined require infrastructure to be installed through KFN land on IR1, understanding KFN’s concerns and requirements is critical to obtain permission to construct a pipe through this area. A summary of these discussions will be included in planning reports moving forward.

  • When is the public going to be made privy to the current status of this process?

    greendog asked 8 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.

  • Who will pay for the new sewer upgrades. As a resident of area C and not able to hook up to the system do my tax dollars help pay for this work?

    Jeff asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Jeff - Only Comox and Courtenay residents pay for the Comox Valley sewer system. Area C residents pay only the user fees to dispose of liquid waste from their septic systems at the treatment plant. Let us know if you have any other questions,

  • When will Knight road be hooked up to sewer?

    DaveM asked over 1 year ago

    There are currently no plans to extend the Comox Valley sewerage service into this area. Do you live in this area? Is this something you would like to see?

  • I live at Cape Lazo where the pipes will extend. I swim there all summer. How can you insure of the quality of the water will continue to be safe with additional sewage . To what levels will water be treated? I do support sewage treatment and believe it is time to include parts of electoral Area B in treatment plans

    denise Savoie asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Denise The outfall pipe from the wastewater treatment plant currently extends 3 km off of Cape Lazo, discharging water at a depth of 60m. Wastewater moves through four steps of treatment at our plant and meets (exceeds) provincial regulations. There are robust monitoring programs in place by the CVRD, and provincial government monitoring ensures that the CVRD’s license requirements are being met and the water being released will not cause harm to the environment (and the people in it). Part of this planning process now underway will be considering how this treatment plant will continue to be effective as the community grows. Watch for updates here, or please feel free to attend one of our sessions to learn more!  


  • Will the forum include discussions on sewer for area B?

    Willar asked over 1 year ago

    Hello. These sessions are focused on the current sewer service area of Courtenay and Comox. Do you live in Area B? Is sewer service something you'd like to see there?

  • Will there be handouts at the early November information services? If so, will they be made available in some fashion to those who are unable to attend either day?

    greendog asked over 1 year ago

    Yes, we'll have information displays about the sewer service and liquid waste management plan along with some handouts for people to take home. We'll make sure to post them here too so everyone can see.

  • Where is the outflow pipe located and how far does it extend into the ocean?

    Boatcrazy83 asked about 2 years ago

    The outfall from the treatment plant extends three kilometres into Cape Lazo, releasing treated, clean water at a depth of 60m.


  • Does this process apply to only C/C or does it involve a LWMP for all areas? I am from Union Bay...I would like info on the plan for our area Thanks

    LesGov asked about 2 years ago

    This particular planning process is specifically for the Courtenay/Comox service area. The LWMP for the south region was started in 2016 but put on hold when a referendum on the proposed solution did not pass. The CVRD is planning to restart that planning process. Watch ConnectCVRD for more!


  • What are the most significant barriers to the SSSP? I thought the study's have been done and funding is there. Why is Royton not getting the services they should?

    MasterBates asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there – the most immediate barrier to the south sewer project was the referendum held in June 2016 which did not receive support from property owners and residents in the proposed service area . This meant the funds needed to supplement the available grant funding for the system’s construction could not be borrowed by the CVRD. As a result, the deadlines for the grant funds could not be met, 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 - we'll share more information out timing as it becomes available.


  • What are the plans for connecting to the sewer system for tartan rd?

    Dhodge12112 asked about 2 years ago

    There are currently no plans to extend sewer service in this area. Do you live in this area? Is this something you would like to see? Feel free to post to the discussion forum too!


  • Earlier I asked if the project was going to hook up the residences on Lazo road to the sewer system being upgraded and was told there were no plans to do that. I was not here when the system was first installed to hook Kye Bay up to the Comox Sewer System but it is my understanding that the Lazo residences were bypassed at that time. I am somewhat concerned and confused that the plan is to dig up my property (again) to upgrade a sewer system that the city has no intention of hooking me up to. This makes absolutely no sense to me. If the "hookup fittings" (I'm not sure what the actual name is) are not installed while the new pipe is being laid it will raise the cost of ever hooking up exponentially. Even more important, how does it make sense to dig up my property and NOT hook it up to the system?? I know for a fact that I'm paying Comox city taxes; can I please get the benefits that should come with the added expense?

    Albert Englehart asked 3 months ago

    Hello Albert. Thanks for the question -  there are currently no plans as part of the three shortlisted options for construction along Lazo Road. If you have questions about your specific property, please email our Engineering Services team (available by clicking here: CONTACT FORM) or call 250-334-6000.