Originally published by the Comox Valley Record on Feb. 5, 2018 10:30 a.m.

The Comox Valley Regional District has purchased a 15.7-hectare piece of land for the construction of a new water treatment plant.

“Acquiring the land is an important milestone for the overall water treatment project,” said director Bob Wells, chair of the CVRD Water Committee. “It brings us one step closer to having a modern water treatment system that meets current health standards and ensures safe, high quality drinking water.”

The property, located adjacent to 4787 Lake Trail Rd., was acquired from Comox Timber Ltd. for $372,160.

This particular parcel was identified as the preferred location for the plant in 2016, primarily because the water distribution system could be fed by gravity from this site, eliminating several pump stations in the existing transmission system.

The CVRD board voted to proceed with the subdivision and acquisition of the land at an in-camera meeting in November. The district was registered on title as the land owner late in January.

Another major step in the process towards a new water treatment system is the upcoming Alternative Approval Process (AAP), where Comox Valley residents will be asked to authorize borrowing to complete this important project. To learn more about the water treatment project and the AAP, visit: ww.comoxvalleyrd.ca/watertreatment.

In the meantime, a temporary UV treatment system has been installed at the existing water treatment plant. This interim step will reduce boil water notices by roughly 80 per cent until the new Water Treatment Plant is operational in 2021.

The Comox Valley Record