Port Moody to test sports fields below failed septic field

The mayor of Port Moody says the city will hire an environmental company to test the soil at sports fields below Anmore Green Estates to ensure they’re not contaminated by runoff containing E. coli and fecal coliform from the property's failing septic field.

But, Mike Clay said, “there is no prior indication of leaching onto city land.”

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Meanwhile, parents of students attending nearby Eagle Mountain middle and Heritage Woods secondary schools are urging their kids to heed an advisory that was sent out by School District 43 last Thursday afternoon to stay off property that’s been fenced off to comply with a pollution abatement order issued to the Anmore Green strata.

Azamoosh Ebadati, the vice-president of Heritage Woods’ parent advisory council, said she made sure her son, Pasha Manoochehri, who’s in Grade 9, knows “there’s an area that’s contaminated.”

She said when she sent an email to the school’s principal, Todd Clerkson, seeking more information and was told there was nothing further.

“I don’t know how worried I should be,” she said.

SD43 spokesperson Peter Chevrier said as soon as the district was made aware of the pollution abatement order issued to Anmore Green Estates, it erected its own fencing to secure the affected area near the schools. The strata then erected more robust fencing and reimbursed the district for its costs related to their septic issue.

“We expect Anmore Green Estates to pay all future expenses on this as well,” Chevrier said. “Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our students and employees.”

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