Waterfront

Ocean County’s Boat Pump-Out Program

Mar 23, 2018

Since 1998, with the first pump-out boat in New Jersey, the Circle of Life, over 1.4 million gallons of concentrated effluent waste have been removed from the holding tanks and portable toilets of boats that would otherwise have been directly discharged into the No-Discharge Zone intracoastal waters of Ocean County. This service is provided free of charge.

Ocean County is committed to working to preserve and improve the environmental health of its coastal waters and of the Barnegat Bay estuary. It recognizes the direct connection between the environmental well-being of the intracoastal waterways and the quality of life and economic vitality of the region.

The pump-out boats supplement a large number of land-based units now in service in Ocean County waters. The boats have been highly successful in addressing the needs of non-marina-based boats, such as those moored in open waters or in lagoon developments.

The pump-out boats typically operate Memorial Day weekend through the end of September. The boats are generally in service Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, although days and hours of operation vary by operator. Contact the pump-out boats in your service area for more information.

The boats can be contacted on Marine VHF Radio Channel 9 by identifying your boat, its location and service requested. The boats may also be in operation on holidays and special events.

The pump-out boats usually develop a routine schedule; sometimes pump-outs can be reserved in advance.

Northern Barnegat Bay

Bay Saver: 732-779-5876

Bay Defender: 732-644-4124

Brick Township Public Works: 732-262-1085

Memorial Day to Labor Day: Friday-Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Labor Day-October, depending on conditions: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Central Barnegat Bay

Pollution Solution: 732-228-3806

Water Warrior: 732-228-3805

Memorial Day to Labor Day: Friday-Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Labor Day-October, depending on conditions: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Southern Barnegat Bay

Waste Watcher/Bay Sweeper: 609-385-3205

Tuckerton Seaport: 609-296-8868

Memorial Day to Labor Day: Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Labor Day - October, depending on conditions: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

How to pump out your boat:

• Remove the cap from the boat’s deck waste fitting.

• Insert pump-out hose nozzle into deck fitting.

• Turn pump on. If there is a hose valve, open it to start suction.

• When no waste is seen in “sight glass,” close hose valve and remove nozzle from deck fitting.

• Put nozzle (with open valve) in bucket of water for 15 seconds to rinse hose.

• Rinse boat’s tank with water and pump dry, if desired.

• Close valve and put away hose. Turn off pump and replace deck fitting cap.

 

Source: www.planning.co.ocean.nj.us/coastal.htm

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