Around Town: Comox Valley Water Treatment Facility Open House
A new water treatment plant is under development for the Comox Valley water system. Once complete, Comox Valley residents will have a modern water treatment system. The Comox Valley Water System provides drinking water to 45,000 residents and does not comply with current provincial guidelines.
Construction of the new water treatment plant is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will be fully operational by 2021. To provide interim relief to turbidity-related boil water notices, the CVRD has installed UV reactors in the existing treatment plant, adding a second level of treatment and raising the allowable NTU. The UV reactors will be moved to the new facility when constructed.
The project is estimated to cost $110.6 million. While the CVRD is seeking grants from the federal and provincial governments in the amount of $55.3 million there will still be costs for which the CVRD will be responsible. The Comox Valley Water System currently holds reserves of $26.3 million and the CVRD plans to borrow up to $29 million over a maximum of 25 years to finance its share of the construction costs for the new system. The cost of borrowing this money will mean an increase in bulk water rates for users of the Comox Valley Water System. It is estimated the new system will cost roughly $86 household/year.
Public Open House: Thursday, February 1, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Comox Golf Club, 1718 Balmoral Avenue, Comox.
For more information, contact Charlie Gore, Manager of Capital Projects at 250.334.6092.
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