A contract has been awarded for construction of a new water treatment system for the Comox Valley.

Water treatment system moves into construction phase

After years of preparation and planning, the Comox Valley Regional District’s new water treatment system project has officially moved into the construction phase with award of the design-build contract to AECON Water Infrastructure Inc.

The signed agreement means construction will start on schedule this fall with the new system complete by 2021. Once in operation, it will meet current health standards, eliminate turbidity-related boil water notices and deliver safe, high quality drinking water to Comox Valley residents for decades to come.

“The awarding of this contract is a major milestone to delivering on our commitment of a new water treatment system that the community needs and deserves,” said David Frisch, chair of the Comox Valley Water Committee. “So much work has been put into the planning stage of this project and it’s exciting to start building it.”

AECON’s proposal included an innovative design, to industry best practice standards, that came in at the lowest price. Three proposals were submitted by pre-qualified design-build proponents after an eight-month procurement process. One particularly beneficial feature is an underground pump station at Comox Lake, removing concerns about noise and esthetic impacts in the natural setting. Designs will be shared with the community at an open house to be scheduled this fall.

“With approvals, licences, agreements, land right-of-ways and now a contractor in place, shovels will be in the ground by November,” said Charlie Gore, manager of capital projects. “We look forward to working with the AECON team to deliver the best project for our residents on time and on budget.”

The project budget has been updated to $126 million from the 2017 estimate of $110 million to reflect market realities such as increased costs for labour and materials.

The budget increase will be covered by an increase in contribution from reserves and higher-than-expected grant funding. Only those connected to the Comox Valley Water System will be responsible for paying for the new system at an average cost estimated at $86 per household per year. This number remains unchanged from previous estimates.

Recognizing that water is a shared interest between the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and the CVRD, the CVRD/KFN Mutual Benefit Agreement was signed on Sept. 28, 2018. By signing this agreement, KFN provided its support of the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project and the CVRD’s water licence application, which assisted greatly in gaining provincial and federal support of the project.

Construction will be underway soon and more details will be shared with the public as information is available.

FMI: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/watertreatment

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