Be extra careful this week on Comox Lake, boaters

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is asking users of Comox Lake to exercise extreme caution during the installation of a 1.5-kilometre water line from Tuesday, August 23 until this Friday weather permitting.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is asking users of Comox Lake to exercise extreme caution during the installation of a 1.5-kilometre water line from Tuesday, August 23 until this Friday weather permitting.   The new water line will allow for water sampling at the proposed deep-water intake location. The sampling is part of the assessment process that will determine whether a filtration plant is required to comply with the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s (VIHA) new 4-3-2-1 policy for treatment of surface water.   “The installation process involves assembling the line, attaching concrete ballast, attaching marker floats and then floating a line to the intake location where it will be sunk to the bottom of the lake,” said Kerry Mayo, CVRD’s manager of water services.“During the assembly, the water line will be floating at or near the surface of the water. Until the line is submerged, it will present a hazard to boaters using the lake.”     The CVRD will use a series of bright orange marker floats that will identify the submerged water line. Boats cannot cross this waterline. To ensure public safety, all boaters must avoid this line by detouring passed the endpoint — nearest the Cumberland side of the lake. The endpoint is also marked with three large floats.    To view a detailed map of the water line location, visit the notice board on the CVRD’s home page at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca.  Warning signs and detailed maps will be posted at the Cumberland boat launch as well as at the Courtenay Fish and Game site.    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. — Comox Valley Regional District