Pump Out, Don't Dump Out
Keeping waterways clean starts with you. Boaters play an important role in protecting Puget Sound.
Puget Sound is a No Discharge Zone, where sewage from vessels cannot go into the water.
Three ways to not discharge:
- Use a pumpout to empty your vessel sewage tank.
- Use dump stations to empty your portable toilet.
- Use an onshore restroom.
Meet Sam the Clam
Given the number of recreational boats on Puget Sound, even a small amount of sewage from a fraction of boats can be harmful. Raw or partially-treated boat sewage is highly concentrated and contains pathogens that can contaminate shellfish beds and pose a risk to public health and the environment.
Become a Pump Out, Don’t Dump Out campaign partner and help spread the message.
Be an example for others. Show how you are doing your part to keep Puget Sound clean with a picture of actions you are taking.
- Snap a photo of yourself pumping out and post it to social media by tagging @EcologyWA with the hashtags #PumpoutWA and #PugetSoundNoDischargeZone.
- Don't use social media? No problem, email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
We invite you to use our free resources to customize the campaign for your boating community. Help spread the message.