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How to Use a Pumpout

Regardless of the model or type of pumpout system, follow the posted instructions, and only use the pumpout for holding tank waste. Pumpout systems are not designed to handle bilge water or solid material. Steps:

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Did you know... Compared to the discharge from a sewage treatment plant, waste in boat holding tanks can have as much as 1000 times the amount of bacteria in the same amount of liquid volume.

  1. Close nozzle valve on pumpout hose.
  2. Remove deck waste fitting cover from boat (attach nozzle guard to deck waste fitting if available) and insert nozzle.
  3. Turn on pump.
  4. Slowly open nozzle valve. (Valves can be difficult to turn-be persistent!). Check the flow through the sight glass. If flow does not begin within one minute, place the nozzle in water for ten seconds. If there is still no flow, check for an air leak in the line or a plug in the holding tank air vent.
  5. When tank is empty, remove nozzle from fitting.
  6. Place the nozzle in water for 60 seconds to flush the line. Flushing helps prevent costly pumpout breakdowns.
  7. Close the nozzle valve.
  8. Turn off the pump and return the hose when you are finished so it will work for the next boater.

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Last updated: August 19, 2010

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