Town Ponders Solutions to Increased Pumpout Demand
August 28, 2012
In the wake of new no-discharge regulations, the Massachusetts town of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard is looking for ways to meet an increased demand for boat pump-out services, according to an article in the Marthaís Vineyard Times.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated state waters south of Cape Cod and surrounding Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket as the Southern Cape Cod No Discharge Area (NDA) on June 29. The designation is significant for boaters because it triggered new regulations which prohibit the discharge of any treated or untreated sewage from all vessels in the 807-square-mile area.
In anticipation of the impact of those regulations, Tisbury town officials, harbor management committee members, and marina owners are debating how to handle any increase in demand and expense for the town’s pump-out service for boat septage.
Tisbury’s pump-out facility is one of 29 available to service vessels in the Southern Cape Cod NDA. Edgartown and Oak Bluffs have both pump-out boats and shore-side facilities. Chilmark has a shore-side boat pump-out facility.
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