The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is alerting Comox Valley water system users that it will be moving to its backup pump station from March 16 to 19, 2020 while BC Hydro completes its penstock fish screen cleaning. The backup station is located further downstream than the primary withdrawal location and is more susceptible to poor water quality during weather events.

The CVRD will monitor the situation closely and the community will be alerted should turbidity reach unacceptable levels and a boil water notice is recommended. High turbidity can interfere with the chlorination process used to disinfect the drinking water for the 45,000 residents served by the Comox Valley water system.

To register for text message or voice mail notifications about boil water notices and other emergency notifications visit: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/getnotified. Remember to choose both the community in which you live and the Comox Valley Water Supply System (boil water) notification lists. No access to a computer? You can also register by calling 250-334-6057.

Construction is underway on the future Comox Valley Water Treatment Project, which will include a new lake intake to access water directly from Comox Lake. Moving away from the Penstock intake will ensure that, once the new CVRD infrastructure is complete, the service and maintenance of BC Hydro infrastructure on the Puntledge River will not affect the CVRD’s ability to draw water for domestic use. For more information about this project visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/watertreatment.

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.

Jennifer Steel

Manager of Corporate Communications, Corporate Services Branch, Comox Valley Regional District