Boater Education and Year-Round Pump Out Program

HRSD and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourage recreational boaters to pump their sanitary holding tanks using our boater education program, funded by a Clean Vessel Act grant. The goal of the program is to promote the proper disposal of wastewater from sanitary holding tanks to prevent dumping into waterways. Boaters can help keep our waterways clean by using pumpout facilities at marinas.

Interns are trained by experienced HRSD and VDH staff. They take pump-out appointments, make contacts at marinas and attend water-themed festivals as part of the program. Interns teach recreational boaters about the proper disposal of their sewage, demonstrate the ease of pumping sanitary holding tanks (Type III MSD), distribute educational material and provide a pump-out service at no charge to boaters. Each year, approximately 8,000 gallons of wastewater is collected from boats and transported to an HRSD plant for treatment.

To schedule a pump-out electronically, please fill out the Pump-Out Request form and email to To schedule a pump-out by telephone, please call 757-460-4253.

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Main Office: 1434 Air Rail Avenue,

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
or P.O. Box 5911, Virginia Beach VA 23471-0911 bluespacer

Phone: 757.460.2261