Anmore Green Estates Information

Background

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.

Action Taken

A Pollution Abatement Order was issued in November 2017 requiring:

  • 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 be 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 August 30th, 2018 requiring the continuation of the previous mitigation measures and added detailed monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure 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. The new deadline for submission of a liquid waste management plan is April 30, 2019.

Onsite Activity

  • 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 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".
  • 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.
  • Compliance staff will continue to conduct inspections of the site to ensure there are no signs of new contamination.
  • Compliance staff 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.

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