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Consider using a mobile pumpout service if you don't want to service the holding tank yourself.
Use disposable gloves and wash your hands when you are done.
Expensive breakdowns commonly occur when the marina's sewer line gets clogged because of inadequate rinsing. Flushing water through the system is cheap preventative maintenance and helps prevent odor.
Find a pumpout station. It takes less than 2 minutes to pump the waste out of a 15 gallon holding tank.
Follow pumpout instructions.
If instructions aren't posted or aren't clear, ask the marina operator. Encourage the marina operator to post easy-to-understand instructions.
Keep your marine sanitation device in good operating condition.
Pumpout only your holding tank. Pumpouts and waste treatment systems are not designed to handle oily bilge water or solid objects.
Turn pump off when finished pumping. This simple action will prolong the life of the pump and conserve electricity.
To help prevent clogs, look for rapid dissolving marine toilet tissue specifically designed for the purpose.
Use environmentally compatible holding tank deodorants.
Use public toilets on shore whenever possible.
When finished with pumpout, rinse water through the system for one minute.
Northern Puget Sound
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Protecting Our Environment
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