Boater Education and Year-Round Pump Out Program


The Boater Education Program encourages recreational boaters to


Our Mission:
To promote the protection of human and environmental health by providing education for the boating community in and around the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Our Goal:
To promote the proper disposal of wastewater from sanitary holding tanks to prevent dumping into waterways through education and prevention.


This program began in 1996 after the Clean Vessel Act (1992) was passed in order to reduce pollution from vessel sewage.

It is funded by HRSD, the City of Virginia Beach (2007), The City of Norfolk (2013) and through the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration account, administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The program is run year-round:
Memorial Day - Labor Day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Fall - Spring (Saturday only)

Interns provide pump-outs at no charge, make contacts at marinas and educate recreational boaters about the proper disposal of their sewage from Type III Marine Sanitation Devices (MSDs).

Boaters may call and leave a message to schedule an appointment at 757-460-4253 or submit an online form here.

Questions or concerns may be referred to BoaterEd@hrsd.com

Click here to learn more about the Clean Vessel Act

Click here for a map of marinas with a pump-out facility

Click here to view up to date pump out information

For more information, click here





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Phone: 757.460.2261