Originally Posted by barnakiel
And what do you do with the "used" water?
Chuck it right into the marina or into the anchorage?
Illegal in most countries.
do not have pump out facilities. Most boats do not have enough gray water volume either.
I believe that in 2008 pleasure vessels were exempted from grey water discharge rules in US waters.....I haven't researched any other countries but it seems that generally the US is the most restrictive....
Boat US took the lead in the lobbying effort to get this issue resolved so as to exclude recreational craft from these regulations
. This section of the Clean Boating
Act is definitive:
This Act may be cited as the ``Clean Boating
Act of 2008''.
"SEC. 2. DISCHARGES INCIDENTAL TO THE NORMAL OPERATION OF RECREATIONAL VESSELS.
Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1342) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(r) Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Recreational
shall be required under this Act by the
Administrator (or a State, in the case of a permit
under subsection (b)) for the discharge of any graywater, bilge
water, weather deck
water separator effluent, or
effluent from properly functioning marine
engines, or any other
discharge that is incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, if the
discharge is from a recreational vessel.''.
SEC. 3. DEFINITION.
Section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1362) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(25) Recreational vessel.--
``(A) In general.--The term `recreational vessel'
means any vessel that is--
``(i) manufactured or used primarily for
``(ii) leased, rented, or chartered to a
person for the pleasure of that person."
We have a washing
machine that discharges overboard
....we use low phosphate detergent, it works well and we line dry. Although if we are at our slip, the marina has a laundry
room so that's the easier route