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Comox Valley Water Treatment Project

Connecting over 50,000 people to clean and safe drinking water

  • 75

    MLD Treated Water

  • $135M

    Project Value

  • 99%

    of Process Water is Recycled

  • Comox, British Columbia

    Comox, British Columbia

Innovative, efficient, and sustainable water treatment solutions

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) provides regional water supply to the residents of Courtenay, Comox, and the K’omoks First Nation. Since 2014, the unfiltered system suffered from numerous boil water advisories. To solve the problem, CVRD commenced their largest-ever infrastructure project, planning for the construction of new water supply and treatment facilities—the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project.

A modern water treatment system is now in operation, meeting all regulatory standards and providing safe drinking water to local residents. The new facilities were delivered in record time. Even with the construction for the design-build contract starting shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stantec/Aecon team delivered the project using a design build delivery approach within the 30-month schedule. Improvements were made to all components of the Comox Valley water treatment system and now include three-levels of treatment, reduced turbidity by filtration, and inactivation of viruses and bacteria from the drinking water. The treatment plant includes filtration, ultraviolet, and chlorination disinfection—putting it in line with provincial requirements. The new treatment plant is supplied by a deep tunnel into Comox Lake and a new raw water pump station which pumps the raw water to the plant for treatment.

The Comox Valley Water Treatment System now provides a secure supply of reliable, high-quality drinking water for decades to come. 

At a Glance

  • Comox Valley Regional District
  • Aecon
Stantec Architecture
ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, 2023



Meet Our Team

Alan Ghanam, Managing Principal

The Vancouver Island water group has been on the island for 40 years and has a very strong reputation as a firm that can deliver difficult projects on time and within budget.

David Harding, Principal, Architect

The uniqueness of industrial projects affords amazing design opportunities where we can foster innovation and create positive change.

Reno Fiorante, Senior Vice President, Water

Ensuring a clean water supply and protecting waterways from the wastewater we generate benefits our communities for generations to come.
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Alan Ghanam

Managing Principal

David Harding

Principal, Architect

Reno Fiorante

Senior Vice President, Water

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