Since 2002 New Hampshire’s coastal waters have had the added support of a pumpout boat. In a collaborative effort, Portsmouth Harbor Towing, the Department of Environmental Services and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have made a mobile pumpout boat available to assist in the sewage 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 incorporated in the NDA.
Over the years more than 100,000 gallons of sewage have been removed from 4000 recreational boats through the services of the coastal pumpout boat.
Availability of the Pumpout Boat
The boat is currently out of service. It is unknown at this time when it will be available. Please use stationary facilities.
A new service just for Hampton Harbor is now available. This service will be operated by Lamey LLC. Please call 603-PUMPOUT (603-786-7688) to schedule an appointment. The service fee is $5 per pumpout.
Please contact DES for other information or to provide comments about the program.