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 is now re-starting a community engagement process that was put on hold due to COVID-19 mitigation measures in the spring. It’s time to share your input 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.

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. An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) will likely be held early 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.

We are looking for your feedback on the options – specifically the challenges and opportunities created by each. There are three ways to share your input:

  • Complete the Online Survey: Click the survey tab below to learn about the three options and complete the survey. The survey will be live from Sept. 14 - Oct. 12. Results from this survey will be summarized for the Sewage Commission as they consider which option to pursue.
  • Join a Lunch Hour Webinar on September 30 from 12pm – 1pm: The project team will host an online info session on Zoom to explain the options and answer your questions before filling out the online survey. Registration is required – to reserve your spot, CLICK HERE
  • Attend an Open House: We will be hosting limited-size, in-person info sessions following COVID-19 safety protocols. Pre-registration is encouraged, please CLICK HERE to reserve your spot or call 250-871-6271 for assistance.

October 1 – Comox
12 pm – 2 pm
Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave

October 7 – Comox
12 pm – 2 pm
Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave

October 8 – Courtenay
4 pm – 6 pm
CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave

Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Assessment
Over the summer, the CVRD conducted geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments in the areas of Lazo Road and Comox Hill. For more information please refer to our Q&A or read our InfoSheet on Sewer Planning and Groundwater.

Looking for More Information?
Please explore the document library on the right hand side of this page for more information about the routes under consideration. If you have more specific concerns, like potential traffic impacts groundwater or right of ways, check out our Q&A document, attend a webinar or open house, email us or phone us at 250-334-6000 to speak to a member of the project team directly.

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 is now re-starting a community engagement process that was put on hold due to COVID-19 mitigation measures in the spring. It’s time to share your input 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.

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. An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) will likely be held early 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.

We are looking for your feedback on the options – specifically the challenges and opportunities created by each. There are three ways to share your input:

  • Complete the Online Survey: Click the survey tab below to learn about the three options and complete the survey. The survey will be live from Sept. 14 - Oct. 12. Results from this survey will be summarized for the Sewage Commission as they consider which option to pursue.
  • Join a Lunch Hour Webinar on September 30 from 12pm – 1pm: The project team will host an online info session on Zoom to explain the options and answer your questions before filling out the online survey. Registration is required – to reserve your spot, CLICK HERE
  • Attend an Open House: We will be hosting limited-size, in-person info sessions following COVID-19 safety protocols. Pre-registration is encouraged, please CLICK HERE to reserve your spot or call 250-871-6271 for assistance.

October 1 – Comox
12 pm – 2 pm
Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave

October 7 – Comox
12 pm – 2 pm
Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave

October 8 – Courtenay
4 pm – 6 pm
CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave

Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Assessment
Over the summer, the CVRD conducted geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments in the areas of Lazo Road and Comox Hill. For more information please refer to our Q&A or read our InfoSheet on Sewer Planning and Groundwater.

Looking for More Information?
Please explore the document library on the right hand side of this page for more information about the routes under consideration. If you have more specific concerns, like potential traffic impacts groundwater or right of ways, check out our Q&A document, attend a webinar or open house, email us or phone us at 250-334-6000 to speak to a member of the project team directly.

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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  • The Jane Place pump station was not so much of an eyesore until the green signs were placed on the fence. They are gratuitous - surely anyone who needs to know can identify the pump station, but the rest of us resent them. Can they be removed, please?

    Neighbour Asked 7 days ago

    Hello - thank you for your feedback. We'll forward your comment for consideration.

  • All the options include the Jane Place pump station. Will the exterior size be increased (will it be more obvious)?

    Neighbour Asked 7 days ago

    Hello – The Jane Place pump station will require upgraded equipment but changes to the exterior of the facility are not needed – there will not be any significant permanent change to the outward appearance of the facility.

  • Hi CVRD, can you explain the difference between Medium construction Impact shown along Balmoral in Option 1 conveyance as opposed to High Construction Impact in the other options? As a resident of this area I want to understand the level of disruption.

    Lowflow Asked 7 days ago

    Hello. The medium construction impact was designated in this area for Option 1 because it would be single lane-alternating for a fairly short period of time – using the conventional ‘cut and cover’ construction method, crews move through the area and continue on as that section of pipe is complete. In Options 2 and 3, portions of Balmoral would see a longer time period of traffic disruption, as this area would be used as a lay-down area as the pipe is assembled to be fed underground. There could be periods of ‘local traffic only’ as well, with no through-traffic available at Stewart Street. Let us know if you have any further questions.

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

    greendog Asked 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 9 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.