Editor’s Note – July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

CVRD Proceeds with Liquid Waste Management Planning in the South Region

The first open house for the liquid waste management plan (LWMP) process for the south region was held last week with updates from the project’s consulting engineers Associated Engineering. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is using the LWMP to evaluate and select a wastewater solution for the area. It was the first formal public consultation event of the planning process. The LWMP is a two-year process to review options for wastewater management and water resource recovery for the south region of the CVRD, and to identify the best solution for providing effective sewer service to the Royston and Union Bay area.

One of the solutions being considered by the LWMP is the south sewer project, a centralized wastewater collection and treatment system involving a partnership between the CVRD, K’ómoks First Nation and Village of Cumberland, which has received $17-million in grants to date. The south sewer project has prioritized the core areas of Union Bay and Royston to reduce the impact of failing septic systems on Baynes Sound and its receiving waters. While a centralized wastewater management system has been identified through past study work as the preferred solution by the CVRD and project partners, it will only be selected if the LWMP process determines it is the best solution for the south region.