Best Practice Sewage

Onshore Toilet Facilities

  • Provide clean, accessible shore side toilet facilities and washrooms and encourage berth holders to use these facilities whenever possible
  • Any necessary charges should be minimal or included within the mooring fees.
  • Facilities should be connected to the public foul sewer where possible, and with prior permissions of the local sewer provider.

Installing pump out facilities

When planning the installation of a sewage pump-out facility the following issues should be considered:

  • The location and accessibility for craft
  • The promotion of the service and guide to its use
  • How to charge for the use of the facilities so that people are not put off using them. Options include charging each time they are used, charging as part of the harbour dues or mooring/berthing fees, charging by volume, or charging different rates at different times of the year
  • Arrangement of a maintenance/inspection contract with a competent servicing and repair contractor
  • The availability of foul sewers for connection. You should obtain advanced permission from the sewerage undertaker to discharge sewage into their foul sewers
  • When the effluent will be treated on site (through the use of septic tanks or package sewage treatment plants) prior to being discharged to land or a controlled water, you should obtain permission from the environment agencies

Disposal of chemical toilet waste

  • Dispose of any collected chemical toilet waste in either the foul sewer or a centralised waste collection/disposal facility (such as a chemical toilet disposal point)
  • If a collection point is used, bulk sewage can be collected by suitably licensed road tankers.
  • Do not allow chemical toilet waste to be accepted at stations served by septic tanks and package sewage treatment plants. The chemicals can harm the micro-organisms responsible for treating the sewage.

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