Anmore Green Estates Information


Anmore Green Estates (AGE) is a 51 unit residential strata property in the Village of Anmore near Port Moody. Waste discharge permit 4606 was issued to the strata in 1978 to operate a wastewater treatment system.

Along with other conditions and requirements, the permit limits effluent quality and quantity and requires monthly sampling of the effluent discharged to the tile fields.

Testing, conducted by a qualified professional in September 2017, showed that fecal coliform and E.coli were present in the adjacent school property (previously described as 'field', however that was an inaccurate description), Eagle Mountain Middle School.

Actions Taken

A Pollution Abatement Order was issued in November 2017 requires:

  • that steps be taken to mitigate risks to public health;
  • an investigation be completed of the extent and cause of the problems with the sewage system; and
  • a long term plan is submitted for Ministry approval to address the source of pollution and any remaining risk from the sewage breakout.

A second Pollution Abatement Order was issued in April 2018 requiring the continuation of measures to mitigate risks to public health and a peer-reviewed engineering report be submitted to determine if onsite sewage disposal is feasible and can continue in a manner that is protective of the environment and human health.

A third Pollution Abatement Order was issued on August 30th, 2018 requiring the continuation of the previous mitigation measures and added detailed monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure the protection of the environment and human health. On November 2, 2018, this order was replaced with a fourth-order containing the same requirements but granting AGE and their agents access to all lands necessary for the fulfillment of the order requirements.

A Minister’s Order was issued August 16th, 2018 to the Village of Anmore requiring them to submit a plan for approval prior to November 30th, 2018 to the B.C. government, describing how they intend to manage liquid wastes within the Village of Anmore. On November 27, 2018, Minister Heyman granted an extension to the deadline for the liquid waste management plan order until April 30, 2019. 

The Village of Anmore submitted a liquid waste management plan on April 29, 2019. On May 16, 2019, Minister Heyman responded to the Village rejecting the plan as it failed to comply with his order requiring preparation by a qualified professional and also failed to comply with established Ministry guidance regarding plan content.  A new deadline of December 31, 2019, for resubmission of a liquid waste management plan has been set by Minister Heyman.

Monitoring conducted in 2018/19 under Pollution Abatement Order 109670 identified impacts to the two creeks the school stormwater system flows to.  However, these results were determined to be within the applicable BC Water Quality Criteria for aquatic life and human recreational contact.  Accordingly, on November 1, 2019, the Director amended the order to refine the 2019/20 monitoring program to focus on human health protection.

Onsite Activity

To date, there is no indication that the effluent is escaping the fenced exclusion zone onto other school property; however, a dye test conducted in January 2019 suggests that effluent may be leaving the site through the storm sewer system and analytical results indicate Turner Creek as a possible receptor. A review of the Turner Creek sample results, taken from below the storm drain input, confirms that all parameters measured remain within applicable provincial water quality guidelines.

On November 7, 2018, the Village of Anmore’s new council communicated to the B.C. government the passage of a resolution dictating “That council direct staff to make an application to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District Board for the Village of Anmore to become a member of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District in order to facilitate the 51 units at Anmore Green Estates Strata being connected to the regional sewer system at their sole expense". In July 2020, the Village of Anmore became a member of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District. 

Temporary fencing and warning signs have been erected to keep the public away from the area until the owners implement a solution for safe sewage disposal, and the health hazard is abated. This fencing is currently being maintained by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. 

Continued Monitoring

Compliance staff will continue to conduct inspections of the site to ensure there are no signs of new contamination; and will maintain ongoing communication with AGE, the school district, Port Moody, Metro Vancouver and the Village of Anmore to ensure the safety and health of school children.

Monitoring Documents





Orders and Other Documents