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Pumpout Boat Program

And that's a wrap! (Literally!) Thank you to all the boaters who use the pumpout boats to keep the Barnegat Bay clean! The pumpout boats will return by Memorial Day 2022... Enjoy your holidays and see you next year!

Download / Print Pumpout Info Rack Card

Visit our pumpout boat page on FaceBook to stay in touch: @pumpoutoceancounty

Since 1998, with the first pumpout boat in New Jersey, the “Circle of Life,” over 2.1 million gallons of concentrated effluent waste have been removed from the holding tanks and portable toilets of over 98,500 boats that would otherwise have been directly discharged into the No-Discharge Zone intercoastal waters of Ocean County. This service is provided free of charge.

Ocean County is committed to working to preserve and improve the environmental health of its coastal waters and of the Barnegat Bay Estuary. It recognizes the direct connection between the environmental well-being of the intercoastal waterways and the quality of life and economic vitality of the region.

The pumpout boats supplement a large number of land-based units now in service in Ocean County waters. The boats have been highly successful in addressing the needs of non-marina-based boats, such as those moored in open waters or in lagoon developments.

How to Contact the Pumpout Boats

The pumpout boats typically operate Memorial Day weekend through the end of September. The boats are generally in service Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, although days and hours of operation vary by operator. Contact the pumpout boats in your service area for more information.

The boats can be contacted on the Marine VHF Radio Channel 9 by identifying the boat, its location and service requested. The boats may also be in operation on holidays and special events. There is no charge for the service.

The pumpout boats usually develop a routine schedule and sometimes pumpouts can be reserved in advance.

<< Download and print the umpout boat rack card.

Boat Fleet & Contact Information

 Waste Watcher II and Bay Sweeper - Serving Southern Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor
 Bay Saver and Bay Defender - Serving Northern Barnegat Bay
 Circle of Life and Water Warrior - Serving Central Barnegat Bay

How to pump out your boat

  1. Remove the cap from the boat's deck waste fitting.
  2. Insert pumpout hose nozzle into deck fitting.
  3. Turn pump on. If there is a hose valve, open it to start suction.
  4. When no waste is seen in "sight glass", close hose valve and remove nozzle from deck fitting.
  5. Put nozzle (with open valve) in bucket of water for 15 seconds to rinse hose.
  6. Rinse boat's tank with water and pump dry, if desired.
  7. Close valve and put away hose. Turn off pump and replace deck fitting cap.


Of the seven pumpout boats currently operating in the State, the County provides the operational funds and administration for five vessels. The vessels were purchased by the County entirely with grants provided through the Clean Vessel Act Program with Federal and State funds, with the exception of the “Circle of Life,” which was purchased by Seaside Park with the assistance and support of the County. This funding ensures that the pumpout service is provided free of charge.

The County partners with other organizations, including the Ocean County Utilities Authority, which generously contributes half the operating costs annually. The County also participates on the NJ State Clean Vessel Act Advisory Committee and works with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the Barnegat Bay Estuary Program and other partners towards the goal of a healthy Bay.

New Jersey's Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program

Established in 1994, the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program uses federal grants to fund 75 percent of the cost to install pumpout stations at marinas and public facilities along New Jersey's coastal waters. The remaining 25 percent is provided by the State of New Jersey through the "Shore to Please" license plate program. As a result of the CVA, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of pumpout stations available to area boaters over the last 10 years.

If a pumpout is installed under the CVA Program, it must be available to the general boating public for no more than $5 per pumpout, for at least 5 years. The program operates under the administration of the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. For more information, please call (609) 748-2056.

For more on the NJ Clean Vessel Act Program, all NJ pumpout boats, land-based pumpouts, ramps, and many more resources, visit the online interactive NJ Pumpout Guide at To confirm that a marina pumpout is operational, contact the marina or the Marine Trades Asociation of NJ.

No Discharge Zones

In June 2003, Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay were designated federal No-Discharge Zones. While the release of untreated sewage is prohibited within three miles of the coast, it is illegal to discharge even treated effluent in No-Discharge Zones. In the Ocean County area, the Manasquan River, Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay have been designated No Discharging Zones by the US EPA.

Pumpout facilities provide the most effective means for emptying holding tanks and are critical in No-Discharge Zones. About seventy-five marinas in Ocean County now maintain land-base pumpout stations for this purpose. A majority of these were installed as a result of grants from the NJ Clean Vessel Act Program.


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