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.

  • A critical part of the Comox Valley’s sewer service is the ‘conveyance system’ – the series of pipes and pump stations that moves raw sewage (wastewater) to the treatment plant for processing.

    Making a long-term plan for this system is critical to reducing environmental risks that currently exist along Willemar Bluffs (Balmoral Beach). It’s also important that we design and build infrastructure that will serve the community for the long term. Any plan has an effect on the community– like costs to the taxpayer, as well as traffic, noise and other construction impacts – and while we understand there will be impacts, addressing the environmental risk and building for future growth is required. Leaving it ‘as is’ is not an option. 

    The cost estimates included in this survey 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 next stage, the detailed design phase, at which point costs will be further refined.

    A shortlist of options has been identified based on stakeholder and public feedback collected in January 2019. Each of these options presents its own challenges and opportunities and we want to know how you feel about the potential impacts.

    Note: All survey responses remain anonymous.

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