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Bowser Village Wastewater Study

Map of the Bowser Village Centre wastewater system engineering design service area (click to enlarge)

May 9, 2017 Project Update


The Bowser Village Centre Plan identifies sewer servicing as a key component to developing Bowser Village Centre into a "compact, complete community". An RDN-wide Rural Village Centre Study in 2013 identified Bowser as one of the Rural Village Centres with the most potential to evolve into a compact, complete community that warrants the investment required to serve it with community wastewater facilities. Given this information, a Federal Gas Tax Grant funded wastewater servicing study for the area was initiated in 2014 and is currently in its final stages. In March 2017, the Bowser Village Wastewater project was awarded a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund Grant of over $7.5 million. In light of this recent funding announcement, next steps for this project are currently under development. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Bowser Village Wastewater Servicing Study

In 2014, the RDN was awarded $300,000 of Federal Gas Tax Grant Funding to undertake a sewer servicing study for Bowser Village Centre. The Bowser Village Wastewater Servicing Study will produce a detailed engineering design for a potential community collection and treatment system. The project will also compare both ground and marine options for effluent disposal, with cost estimates for each. A public information meeting was held in Bowser on July 11, 2016, at the completion of the preliminary design stage. Detailed design will be completed in Spring 2017 and will be presented at a second public information meeting.

The objective of this project is to come up with design options and cost estimates. The information gathered through the study will be used to help inform long-term community planning discussions. Once this project is complete, there are still several stages required before construction can be considered: including public approval, finalized design and permitting.

Grant Funding

On March 17, 2017 the RDN was awarded $7,590,328 in Clean Water and Wastewater Grant Funding for the Bowser Village Wastewater Project. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is a joint funding initiative of the federal and provincial governments, and supports the rehabilitation of community drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and the planning and design of future systems that meet drinking water and wastewater effluent standards.

Next Steps

The March 17 grant funding announcement has caused the Bowser Village Wastewater project to evolve, and the RDN is working to develop meaningful answers to the questions that this opportunity presents. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available. Residents can expect a public information meeting about the Bowser Village Wastewater Servicing Study, the recent grant funding announcement, and next steps for the project in Spring 2017.

The following documents are also available for public reference:

Further information

Please direct any questions about this project to:
Wastewater Services
Regional District of Nanaimo
250-954-3792 (north)
250-390-6560 (south)
For more information about community planning in the Bowser area, visit the Area 'H' Official Community Plan Review page.
Last Modified:  May 9, 2017
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