Since 2002 New Hampshire’s coastal waters have had the added support of a pumpout boat. The mobile pumpout boat is available to assist in wastewater removal from transient or moored vessels that are unable to make use of stationary pumpout facilities. Federal law prohibits the discharge of treated or untreated boat sewage in water that is designated a No Discharge Area (NDA). All waters within three miles of the New Hampshire shoreline and the Isles of Shoals are part of the coastal No Discharge Area. Tidal and estuarine waters, including all bays and rivers to the tidal dams, are also part of the NDA.
In 2015, a second mobile pumpout boat was added to service Hampton Harbor and provide better coverage for that area of the state. Over the years nearly 144,000 gallons of sewage have been removed from more than 5,000 recreational boats through the services of the coastal pumpout boats.
Availability of the Pumpout Boats
Both mobile pumpout boats are expected to be available starting in May for the 2016 season.
The northern coastal service (known to many as the Royal Flush service) is currently undergoing preparations for the season after a long hiatus of necessary repairs and inactivity. The Royal Flush will start servicing boats as soon as possible. This service is available by appointment May through November. Please call 603-670-5130 to schedule an appointment. Note that boaters in Hampton Harbor should use the contact information below to schedule an appointment as the Royal Flush will not be traveling to Hampton Harbor at this time.
The service in Hampton Harbor is operated by Lamey LLC and is now available. This mobile pumpout boat does not operate in the open ocean and is therefore limited to Hampton Harbor. Please call 603-PUMPOUT (603-786-7688) to schedule an appointment. Generally appointments are made on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. Appointments requested for other times are dependent on the availability of the contractor. The last day for this service is currently scheduled for October 31st.
Please don’t wait for your holding tank to be full to make an appointment! Scheduling is dependent on contractor availability and might not be available immediately upon calling.
Fees for Pumpout Boat Services
As of 2016 the northern coastal service (Royal Flush) no longer charges a fee for its services.
The Hampton Harbor service may charge up to $5 per pumpout.
Please contact DES for other information or to provide comments about the program.