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As the number of boaters increase, the threat of serious water pollution becomes greater. The potential source of that pollution is from dumping raw boat sewage into the water. Discharging boat sewage releases disease-carrying microorganisms that contaminate our waters; decreases oxygen levels in the water, which can lead to fish kills; Contaminates edible shellfish with harmful bacteria that can cause illness when eaten; and reduces the aesthetic quatity and scenic enjoyment of our waters. By using boat sewage pumpouts, we can improve and protect Indiana's water quality. Keep our water clean--Use pumpouts!
Use the links below to find out more information about the Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Program
Remove cap from boat's deck waste fitting
Insert hose nozzle into deck fitting. (You may need an adapter to make it fit. Marinas generally have them available. They are also for sale in boat stores.)
Turn pump on. If there is a hose valve, open it to start suction.
When waste is no longer seen in sightglass, close hose valve, turn off pump and remove nozzle from deck fitting.
If a water hose is available, rinse the boat's tank and pump dry.
Put the pump nozzle (with open valve) in a water source and pump water for 15 seconds to rinse the hose.
Close the hose valve. Put away hose. Turn off the pump and replace the deck fitting cap.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement the Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Program. The Pumpout Program provides funding to private and public marinas for the installation and restoration of boat sewage pumpouts and portable toilet dump stations. Pumpout stations are used to dispose of highly concentrated human waste collected aboard boats. Under this program, marinas are reimbursed up to 75% of pumpout construction costs.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Pollution Prevention & Technical Assistance
100 N. Senate Ave. MC-64-00 IGCS W041
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251
Toll Free: (800) 451-6027 ext. 3-6663
or (317) 233-6663
E-mail: asulliva at idem.in.gov