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HRM Investigation Concludes No Cross-Connection at Hail's Pond
(Friday, March 19/2004)-- Based on its investigation during the past two days, Halifax Regional Municipality staff have concluded that there is no sewage line cross-connection at Stoneridge on the Park.
Both HRM's Public Works and Planning and Development Services were on-site at Hail Pond in Armdale yesterday and today and found no physical evidence or odour of sewage at either of the storm outfalls or ditches, or in the storm system itself.
In addition, staff received and reviewed the results of the water sampling and analyses done by the developer's consultant dating back to December 2001. The highest e.coli count is 43 units/100 ml, which is typical of levels of e.coli in urban water bodies subject to storm water run-off. The most likely sources of e.coli in this environment are pet and bird feces.
HRM staff have reviewed the situation with Nova Scotia Department of the Environment officials and they concur with the conclusion.
HRM will continue to monitor the system again over the next two weeks, as well as take a sample of stormwater flow next week.
Corporate Communications Officer
Manager, Environmental Services