Originally Posted by redsky49
Regardless of how careful you are, you will be sending food
particles, beverages, organic "stuff" into the bilge
I think this and Newhaul's comment about the risk of a spill going to the bilge
is the best justification to keep it.
If I had been designing the plumbing
from scratch, I would have joined it to the sink drain, which is nearby. Different hose sizes, narrow cupboard, shelves in the way, independent inline valve make that too messy now. Joining to the shower
drain may have been an option, but it would be quite a job to route
the hose there.
So thanks for the comments. I have decided to take the easy way and just replace it. Now that the old one is out, it's only minutes to do so as opposed to filling in the hole and whatever other plumbing