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Contract Awarded for New Water Treatment System

After years of preparation and planning, the Comox Valley Regional District’s new water treatment system project has officially moved into the construction phase with award of the design-build contract to AECON Water Infrastructure Inc.

The signed agreement means that construction will start on schedule this fall with the new system complete by 2021. Once in operation, it will meet current health standards, eliminate turbidity related boil water notices and deliver safe, high quality drinking water to Comox Valley residents for decades to come.

“The awarding of this contract is a major milestone to delivering on our commitment of a new water treatment system that the community needs and deserves,” said David Frisch, Chair of the Comox Valley Water Committee. “So much work has been put into the planning stage of this project and it’s exciting to start building it.”

AECON Water Infrastructure Inc’s proposal included an innovative design, to industry best practice standards, that came in at the lowest price. Three proposals were submitted by pre-qualified design-build proponents after an eight-month procurement process. One particularly beneficial feature is an underground pump station at Comox Lake, removing concerns about noise and aesthetic impacts in the natural setting. Designs will be shared with the community at an open house to be scheduled this fall.

“With approvals, licenses, agreements, land right-of-ways and now a contractor in place, shovels will be in the ground by November,” confirmed Charlie Gore, Manager of Capital Projects. “We look forward to working with the AECON team to deliver the best project for our residents on time and on budget.”

The project budget has been updated to $126 million from the 2017 estimate of $110 million to reflect market realities such as increased costs for labour and materials.

Caption: Updated project budget for the new water treatment system.

The budget increase will be covered by an increase in contribution from reserves and higher-than-expected grant funding. Only those connected to the Comox Valley Water System will be responsible for paying for the new system at an average cost estimated at $86 per household per year. This number remains unchanged from previous estimates.

Caption: Reserves and grants will cover most of the project costs with no changes to approved borrowing

Recognizing that water is a shared interest between the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and the CVRD, the CVRD/KFN Mutual Benefit Agreement was signed on September 28, 2018. By signing this agreement, KFN provided its support of the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project and the CVRD’s water license application, which assisted greatly in gaining provincial and federal support of the project.

Construction will be underway soon and more details will be shared with the public as information is available. To learn more about the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project visit:

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.


Lyndsay Fraser

External Relations Advisor, Corporate Services Branch, Comox Valley Regional District

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  1. Phil G.Harrison

    Sorry, One more comment to keep this thread alive. $ 38.5 million surplus for overcharging for a basic essential service, should be illegal.Not that the CVRD does not have dedicated employees who provide a good service , but why should this local government make a profit from those who can’t afford to pay for the extravagant new office building , next to the humble school district offices -Absolutely overshadowing Municipal offices in Courtenay, Comox and humble Cumberland . This extravagance should be an embarrassment for all CVRD directors-the majority who represent these municipal taxpayers . Rubber stampers-collecting bigger pay checks than many who struggle here with lower incomes

    Recently I met a former CVRD director who I respect for his intelligence, forsight and sense of humor. He asked if i was still upset about water meters .I replied that they are important but I object to be surcharged for flushing the toilet. He said he could understand why gardeners may not like the structure-which discourages green space.

    Anyway- $38.5 million is a lot of cash generated from folks who enjoy green space.We have an unlimited water supply -limited only by BC Hydro and the CVRD.

    Does anyone out there care about about any of this? Besides Gra gor

  2. Phil G.Harrison

    Hi there Friends of reality and those troubled with water bills,

    Glacial fed Comox Lake-likely the best water supply in the Country . A reservoir controlled entirely by BC Hydro,Only taxpayer dollars, to fix a problem that isn’t. How many indigenours communities do not have clean water-whining?

    Not a problem for me,but many can’t afford to pay to treat Glacier fed water, let alone rent.

    Really. Now $126 million to treat the purest water in the world.Give us a break.Fix the clay in the creek.

    The same folks that imposed this insanity on surcharged Area B water customers are fining Cumberland resident $38,500 because it rains and causes turbidity.

    Reserves came from over paying for services .Reserves justify unsustainable projects-treating Glaclal water from Comox Lake
    -water for Millions of folks if a managed as a resource for the people.

    The BC Hydro Power EX VP made close to a $million by draining Comox Lake-stand by for stage 3.

    It’s OK -I ‘m moving on-it is up to others to influence change for the many who can clearly not afford $126 millions to treat Glacial water.

    Good luck !

  3. gra gor

    See that $38 Million Phil?

    That’s part of that $68 million you’ve been whining about for years. That’s why we have reserves.

    Still some left over to perhaps fix up the STP on Brent Road or get that forced main off the beach.


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