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 88,000 gallons of sewage have been removed from recreational boats through the services of the coastal pumpout boat. The DES pumpout program serviced 697 boats and removed approximately 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage during the 2010 boating season alone.
Availability of the Pumpout Boat
The boat is available May through November. Please call Portsmouth Harbor Towing to schedule a pumpout at (603) 670-5130.
Fees for Pumpout Boat Services
The service fee for the mobile pumpout boat is $10.
Please contact DES for other information or to provide comments about the program.