Have you ever been out and away from your marina and in dire of need of a pumpout? No problem, just look for one of the orange flags with the national pumpout logo. These flags have been distributed to all marinas on all the inland water bodies as well as the coastal marinas. These flags should raise awareness as to which marinas offer the pumpout services. Many pumpout facilities are free, but others charge up to a $5.00 fee for the services. Through the Clean Vessel Act program, marinas can receive a 75 percent reimbursement for the approved costs of the pumpout installation or for the installation of floating restrooms.
Contact Lorianne Riggin at (803) 360-0034 or Scott Meister at (864) 953-9062 for more information on the Clean Vessel Act and how to obtain a pumpout with federal aid.
Vessels with a toilet aboard under US Coast Guard Regulations, which the state adopts, must have a marine sanitation device or MSD. There are three different kinds of MSDs: a Type I, II, or III. Type I and Type II MSDs macerates and disinfects the waste and then discharges it. A Type III MSD, the more environmentally friendly option, deposits the waste into a holding tank, which can later be disposed of at a pumpout facility. Type III MSDs do come with a discharge option for many large coastal vessels called a Y-valve.