Boater Education and Year-Round Pump Out Program
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To request a Free pump out please call 460-4253 or submit an online form here.
The Hampton Roads Boater Pump Out Program began in 1996 after the Clean Vessel Act was passed in order to reduce pollution from vessel sewage. There are approximately 80 marinas across 12 cities in the which the Program services. A map of marinas that are equipped with a pump out and dump station can be found on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Marina Program website here.
The program is a supportive effort by The Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), VDH, and the City of Virginia Beach and the City of Norfolk. Our Mission is to promote the proper disposal of sewage from boat holding tanks in order to protect public health and the waterways of Hampton Roads. Our Goal is to prevent the dumping of sewage from boat holding tanks into waterways.
Interns provide a free pump out service Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend on Friday - Sunday and
Fall - Spring, on Saturday. The crew staffs three pickup trucks each with a 125 gallon sewage storage tank and 25 gallon portable hand crank pump. Sewage is pumped out of holding tanks using the portable pump and transferred to the truck storage tank. It is then transported to one of the HRSD sewage treatment plants for proper treatment.
The program keeps all pump out records for public view on our GIS mapping portal found here.
No Discharge Zone:
A No DIscharge Zone (NDZ) is a designated body of water that prohibits the discharge of treated or untreated boat sewage. It is also illegal to discharge untreated sewage from boats in all Virginia waters. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations require all vessels to disable the Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) discharge capability while operating in waters designated as a NDZ.
The Lynnhaven River, Virginia Beach (2007)
Marine Sanitation Device (MSD):
Type I - is an on-board treatment device using a physical/chemical based system that relies on maceration and chlorination.
Type II - is also an on-board treatment device that uses biological or aerobic digestion based system.
Type III - is a holding tank or similar device that prevents the overboard discharge of treated or untreated sewage.
For Type III holding tanks:
- Use enzyme deodorizers for holding tanks and portable toilets.
- Pump out before you haul your boat for the winter.
- Know where your closest pump out stations are located, and height or draft restrictions, seasonal closures and hours of operation.
- Use our pump out service to make pumping out more convenient.