Bowser Village Centre Wastewater Project

In March 2017, the RDN was awarded a $7.6 million joint Federal and Provincial Clean Water & Wastewater Fund grant to provide the Bowser Village Centre with sanitary sewer servicing to support the community’s evolution into a “compact, complete community”. The proposed project includes construction of a sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and marine outfall for treated effluent.

If constructed, the treatment plant will collect raw sewage produced by residents and businesses in the village centre and provide secondary treatment with additional UV disinfection which will meet or exceed Federal and Provincial treatment requirements. The treated effluent will then be discharged to the environment via a marine outfall approximately 2.3 km off shore at approximately 65 meters of depth.

Following a 2017 petition process for property owners within the village centre, and the resulting establishment of the sewer service area and approval of the project’s funding mechanisms by the Regional Board in December 2017, the project has now moved on to the detailed design and permitting stage.

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  • Contact the project team at bowserwastewater@rdn.bc.ca or 1-877-607-4111

Looking ahead: Project updates will be posted on this page monthly and at milestones.


In March 2017, the RDN was awarded a $7.6 million joint Federal and Provincial Clean Water & Wastewater Fund grant to provide the Bowser Village Centre with sanitary sewer servicing to support the community’s evolution into a “compact, complete community”. The proposed project includes construction of a sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and marine outfall for treated effluent.

If constructed, the treatment plant will collect raw sewage produced by residents and businesses in the village centre and provide secondary treatment with additional UV disinfection which will meet or exceed Federal and Provincial treatment requirements. The treated effluent will then be discharged to the environment via a marine outfall approximately 2.3 km off shore at approximately 65 meters of depth.

Following a 2017 petition process for property owners within the village centre, and the resulting establishment of the sewer service area and approval of the project’s funding mechanisms by the Regional Board in December 2017, the project has now moved on to the detailed design and permitting stage.

Want to learn more?

  • Please register (tab at the top right of this page) to receive notification of news and updates.

  • Visit the documents library for project history and technical information.

  • Older posts from this page have been archived in the documents library to keep the page tidy.

  • Contact the project team at bowserwastewater@rdn.bc.ca or 1-877-607-4111

Looking ahead: Project updates will be posted on this page monthly and at milestones.


  • September 26, 2018

    26 days ago

    The RDN Board adopted the “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500.420, 2018” at the Special Board Meeting on September 4, 2018 to permit the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment facility.

    The RDN Board adopted the “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500.420, 2018” at the Special Board Meeting on September 4, 2018 to permit the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment facility.

  • August 31, 2018

    about 2 months ago

    The RDN Board will consider adoption of “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500.420, 2018” to permit the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment facility at a Special Board meeting to be held on September 4, 2018.

    Amendment Bylaw No. 500.420 was introduced and given first and second reading at the Regular Board meeting on June 26, 2018, and proceeded to public hearing on July 9, 2018. The amendment bylaw received third reading at the Regular Board meeting on July 24, 2018 and was approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure...

    The RDN Board will consider adoption of “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500.420, 2018” to permit the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment facility at a Special Board meeting to be held on September 4, 2018.

    Amendment Bylaw No. 500.420 was introduced and given first and second reading at the Regular Board meeting on June 26, 2018, and proceeded to public hearing on July 9, 2018. The amendment bylaw received third reading at the Regular Board meeting on July 24, 2018 and was approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as required under S.52 of the Transportation Act on July 26, 2018.


  • August 24, 2018

    about 2 months ago

    Two items relating to the Bowser Village Wastewater Project were on the agenda for the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Regular Board Meeting. An update on these items are as follows:

    1. Bowser Village Wastewater Treatment Plant Zoning Amendment Bylaw 500.420, 2018 received third reading (see motion 18-287 on page 2 of the meeting minutes).

    2. The “Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1773, 2018” was read three times and adopted (see motions 18-328 and 18-329 on page 10 of the meeting minutes).

    Two items relating to the Bowser Village Wastewater Project were on the agenda for the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Regular Board Meeting. An update on these items are as follows:

    1. Bowser Village Wastewater Treatment Plant Zoning Amendment Bylaw 500.420, 2018 received third reading (see motion 18-287 on page 2 of the meeting minutes).

    2. The “Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1773, 2018” was read three times and adopted (see motions 18-328 and 18-329 on page 10 of the meeting minutes).

  • July 20, 2018

    3 months ago

    Two items relating to the Bowser Village Wastewater Project are on the agenda for the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. These items are:

    1. Bowser Village Wastewater Treatment Plant Zoning Amendment Bylaw 500.420, 2018

    • The zoning amendment application for the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be brought before the Regional Board for consideration of third reading. See the July 24 Meeting Agenda for details. (Agenda item 9.1 on page 10. Report and supporting documents, see pages 457 - 640.)

    2. Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1773

    • The Rates and Regulations bylaw for the Bowser Sewer Service Area will be considered for three readings and adoption. See the July 24 Meeting Agenda for more information. (Agenda item 8.2.8 on page 8. Report and supporting documents, see pages 380 - 398.)

    Two items relating to the Bowser Village Wastewater Project are on the agenda for the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. These items are:

    1. Bowser Village Wastewater Treatment Plant Zoning Amendment Bylaw 500.420, 2018

    • The zoning amendment application for the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be brought before the Regional Board for consideration of third reading. See the July 24 Meeting Agenda for details. (Agenda item 9.1 on page 10. Report and supporting documents, see pages 457 - 640.)

    2. Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1773

    • The Rates and Regulations bylaw for the Bowser Sewer Service Area will be considered for three readings and adoption. See the July 24 Meeting Agenda for more information. (Agenda item 8.2.8 on page 8. Report and supporting documents, see pages 380 - 398.)

  • July 6, 2018

    4 months ago

    Two items relating to the Bowser Village Wastewater Project will be brought before the Committee of the Whole on July 10, 2018. These items are:

    1. Bowser Village Wastewater Project Update Report

    • A project update will be provided for information. See the July 10 Meeting Agenda for details. (Agenda item 9.4 on page 3. Report and supporting documents, see pages 94 - 102.)

    2. Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1773

    • The Rates and Regulations bylaw for the Bowser Sewer Service Area will be provided for consideration of three readings and adoption at the subsequent Regular Board Meeting, Tuesday July 24, 2018. See the July 10 Meeting Agenda for more information. (Agenda item 9.5 on page 3. Report and supporting documents, see pages 103 - 121.)

    Two items relating to the Bowser Village Wastewater Project will be brought before the Committee of the Whole on July 10, 2018. These items are:

    1. Bowser Village Wastewater Project Update Report

    • A project update will be provided for information. See the July 10 Meeting Agenda for details. (Agenda item 9.4 on page 3. Report and supporting documents, see pages 94 - 102.)

    2. Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1773

    • The Rates and Regulations bylaw for the Bowser Sewer Service Area will be provided for consideration of three readings and adoption at the subsequent Regular Board Meeting, Tuesday July 24, 2018. See the July 10 Meeting Agenda for more information. (Agenda item 9.5 on page 3. Report and supporting documents, see pages 103 - 121.)
  • June 28, 2018

    4 months ago

    The Regional Board completed first and second reading of the zoning amendment bylaw for the proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant site at the Regular Board meeting on Tuesday, June 26.

    Please be advised that a Public Hearing regarding the rezoning of the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Lighthouse Community Hall, 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Beach.

    Click here for more information about the proposed zoning amendment and upcoming public hearing.


    The Regional Board completed first and second reading of the zoning amendment bylaw for the proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant site at the Regular Board meeting on Tuesday, June 26.

    Please be advised that a Public Hearing regarding the rezoning of the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Lighthouse Community Hall, 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Beach.

    Click here for more information about the proposed zoning amendment and upcoming public hearing.


  • June 22, 2018

    4 months ago

    The zoning amendment application for the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be brought before the Regional Board for first and second reading on Tuesday, June 26. For more information, click here to view the meeting agenda (see page 4, item 5.1.8).

    The zoning amendment application for the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be brought before the Regional Board for first and second reading on Tuesday, June 26. For more information, click here to view the meeting agenda (see page 4, item 5.1.8).

  • June 8, 2018

    5 months ago

    The zoning amendment application for the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be brought before the Electoral Area Services Committee for consideration of first and second reading on Tuesday, June 12. For more information, click here to view the meeting agenda (see page 3, item 7.3.2).

    The zoning amendment application for the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site will be brought before the Electoral Area Services Committee for consideration of first and second reading on Tuesday, June 12. For more information, click here to view the meeting agenda (see page 3, item 7.3.2).

  • May 28, 2018

    5 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 about the rezoning of the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site.

    Missed the meeting? You'll find the posters and presentation in the documents library.

    In the documents library you'll also find the May 2018 Project Update, providing the most up-to-date project information, and a letter from Island Health's Dr. Paul Hasselback discussing the recent discovery of Vibrio cholera and Norovirus in seafood products on the east coast of Vancouver Island.


    Thank you to everyone who attended the Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 about the rezoning of the proposed Bowser wastewater treatment plant site.

    Missed the meeting? You'll find the posters and presentation in the documents library.

    In the documents library you'll also find the May 2018 Project Update, providing the most up-to-date project information, and a letter from Island Health's Dr. Paul Hasselback discussing the recent discovery of Vibrio cholera and Norovirus in seafood products on the east coast of Vancouver Island.


  • May 14, 2018

    5 months ago

    Wondering what's new with the project? A project update newsletter is coming soon to residents' mailboxes in Electoral Area H. You can also find a digital copy of the May 2018 Project Update in the documents library.

    Wondering what's new with the project? A project update newsletter is coming soon to residents' mailboxes in Electoral Area H. You can also find a digital copy of the May 2018 Project Update in the documents library.