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
The Hampton Harbor pumpout boat is now (as of October 31, 2016) done for the 2016 season. It is currently scheduled to return on May 1, 2017. The northern coastal pumpout boat (Royal Flush) is in service until prohibited by weather, generally until mid-November, but with the potential to run longer or shorter as needed and as weather allows. Please schedule pumpouts as soon as possible, do not wait until the day your boat is being hauled for the winter.
The northern coastal service (known to many as the Royal Flush 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 instead 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. 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.
How to Request a Pumpout
To request a pumpout, fill out the pumpout request form that is found below. Instructions are included in the form document, when done correctly the form should only be partially filled out. To submit your request, please call either 603-786-7688 if your boat is located in Hampton Harbor or 603-670-5130 if it’s in another location. You will need to be present when the contractor comes to pump off your boat (recommended) or indicate to the contractor where you will leave your completed form. If you leave the form, please be sure to protect it in case of rain by placing it in a waterproof container and ensure that the form will not be removed due to wind or other weather conditions.
This form needs to be filled out once per season, prior to the first pumpout event. Subsequent requests in the same season can be made simply by calling or texting the contractor. You do not need to fill out or sign a form for any further requests during a season.
Fees for Pumpout Boat Services
As of 2016, both mobile pumpout services will no longer charge a fee. Pumpouts are available throughout the season at no cost.
Please contact DES for other information or to provide comments about the program.
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