Help shape the future of our Sewer System in Courtenay and Comox

About the Comox Valley Sewer Service Liquid Waste Management Plan

Ensuring our sewer system meets the needs and goals of the community is a critical part of the Comox Valley Regional District’s services. To plan for the future, the CVRD has elected to use a Liquid Waste Management Plan process to identify the improvements required for the sewer system in Courtenay and Comox and engage the public in the creation of a future vision for the sewer system in these communities. Eight residents have been appointed to a Public Advisory Committee to represent their communities in the development of the plan and play an essential role in considering community goals and public feedback throughout the process.

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives for our long-term plan were adopted by the Sewage Commission on February 25- officially establishing the primary decision-making guide for selection of the optimum long-term conveyance, treatment and resource recovery solutions for the service. See the staff report here.

The Long List

The long list of options for conveyance, treatment and resource recovery was approved by the Sewage Commission at its meeting March 12. Feedback collected at open houses and through the online survey was considered during that decision, as was recommendations from the public and technical advisory committees. See the staff report here.

The Short List

Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved in reviewing the short list of options.


About the Comox Valley Sewer Service Liquid Waste Management Plan

Ensuring our sewer system meets the needs and goals of the community is a critical part of the Comox Valley Regional District’s services. To plan for the future, the CVRD has elected to use a Liquid Waste Management Plan process to identify the improvements required for the sewer system in Courtenay and Comox and engage the public in the creation of a future vision for the sewer system in these communities. Eight residents have been appointed to a Public Advisory Committee to represent their communities in the development of the plan and play an essential role in considering community goals and public feedback throughout the process.

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives for our long-term plan were adopted by the Sewage Commission on February 25- officially establishing the primary decision-making guide for selection of the optimum long-term conveyance, treatment and resource recovery solutions for the service. See the staff report here.

The Long List

The long list of options for conveyance, treatment and resource recovery was approved by the Sewage Commission at its meeting March 12. Feedback collected at open houses and through the online survey was considered during that decision, as was recommendations from the public and technical advisory committees. See the staff report here.

The Short List

Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved in reviewing the short list of options.


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

    greendog asked 15 days 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 16 days 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 18 days 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 12 months 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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!