Comox Lake is the drinking water source for much of the Comox Valley. File photo

Comox Lake is the drinking water source for much of the Comox Valley. File photo

Despite COVID, Comox Valley water treatment plant still within deadline

Construction of the Comox Valley water treatment plant is about a month behind schedule, but is still within a summer 2021 deadline.

At the May 12 Water Committee meeting, manager of capital projects Charlie Gore said the regional district is well on its way at all four construction sites. Tunnelling of marine pipeline into Comox Lake will commence soon.

The district is about one-third of the way through its spending for the $126 million project.

Regarding community employment benefits, Gore said the CVRD forecasts to “exceed the hours significantly on the under-represented population.”

The property purchased for the plant is adjacent to BC Hydro trails along the upper portion of the Puntledge River. Gore said the plan is to install a trailhead to connect into the trails, which head from the old Bevan townsite to Comox Lake and connect into CVRD trails at Nymph Falls. The district hopes to get cars off the road and into the trailhead, which will contain information kiosks about water conservation and treatment, watershed protection, and local history.

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