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Sewage pumpouts and waste dump receptacles
- Install a pumpout/waste dump receptacle.
- Dispose of collected waste by direct connect to a public sewer line, personal sewage treatment plant or holding tank
- Select an appropriate system to operate effectively given the conditions at your site:
- permanently fixed to a dock
- mobile, hand truck or boat
- direct slipside connections
- Choose an accessible location that easily accommodates the types of boats at your marina and is in an area that does not block off other pathways such as to fuel
- Post signs around you docks indicating location of pump, cost, hours of operation, where to call for service
- Post signs that are visible from the channel so passing boaters are aware of the facility.
- If you do not yet have a pumpout, post signs directing boaters to the nearest facility.
- Determine if your pump will be staffed or self-service (token operated), what the fee will be and who will pay. If you use a federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant, no more than $5 per pumpout (unless specifically requested and justified) may be charged to pump a normal size holding tank.
- Consider providing a free pumpout with a fuel fillup.
- Apply for CVA Grant for new pumpouts or for maintenance of existing ones
- Maintain the pumpout per manufacturer instruction; inspect regularly and log inspections and use
- Test the efficiency weekly during the boating season by measuring the length of time required for the system to empty a 5-gallon bucket of water.
- Provide clean, functional restrooms with showers to encourage people not use their heads while in port.
- Make restrooms available 24 hours a day.
- Install a security system on restroom doors so people will feel safe using them.
- Provide air conditioning and heating.
Prohibit Discharge of Waste Water from Vessels
- Prohibit discharge of head waste and gray water in your marina as a condition of your lease agreements.
- Post signs indicating the prohibition and directing people to use shore-side restrooms.
- Determine means to ensure valves on holding tanks are closed.
Design and Maintain Septic Systems to Protect Water Quality and Public Health
- Be alert for signs of septic system failure such as wet areas or standing water above the absorption field, toilets that run slowly or back up, and odor.
- Post signs in the restrooms informing patrons not to place paper towels, tissues, cigarette butts, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins or tampons in the toilets. These items can clog the sewer lines.
- Provide adequate covered disposal for the above items.
- Post signs in the laundry room encouraging patrons to use minimal amounts of detergents and bleaches.
- Do not dump solvents, toxins or fats down the drain and post signs prohibiting customers from doing the same.
- Use small amounts of drain cleaners, household cleaners, and other similar products.
- Do not compact the soil by driving or parking over the infiltration area.
- Hire a licensed professional to pump the tank every 2-5 years.
- Do not use a garbage disposal. This increases the amount of solids entering the system. Capacity is reached more quickly. As a result, more frequent pumping is necessary.
- Direct downspouts and runoff away from the septic field in order to avoid saturating the area.
Provide Facilities for Live-a-boards
- Provide a portable pumpout system.
- Consider a lease in which vessels used as homes may not discharge any sewage.
- Reserve slips closest to shoreside restrooms for liveaboards. Provide adequate lighting to and from and in the restrooms.
- Install direct sewer hookups for liveaboards.