Woman on a boat looking at phoneWashington Sea Grant, in partnership with the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program, is excited to announce that Pumpout Nav, a free iOS and Android app for boaters, has expanded to Washington. Boaters can now use the interactive tool to find nearly 200 pumpout and portable toilet dump stations in Washington, in addition to hundreds of pumpout and floating restroom facilities in Oregon and California.

Pumpout Nav uses the boater’s location information to suggest the nearest pumpout stations on a map or as a list, helping boaters find the amenities they need and marinas promote their services. The app displays each facility’s operational status, cost, hours and detailed location within the marina. It also provides instructions on how to use a pumpout station and information about the environmental risks and applicable regulations regarding sewage discharge. Boaters can create a personalized account in the app to log pumpout activity, save their favorite pumpout locations and plan their next pumpout stop. Boaters can use the app to report issues directly to a facility, helping marinas and other waterfront facilities stay on top of repairs.

Functional pumpout stations are critical for boaters to comply with the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone (NDZ) rule, which went into effect May 10, 2018. The ruling established Puget Sound and certain adjoining waters as areas where boaters may not release treated or untreated sewage from Type I and Type II marine sanitation devices (MSDs).

Aaron Barnett, Washington Sea Grant’s boating program specialist, has been working to expand Pumpout Nav’s coverage to Washington State. “Pumpout Nav is really two apps in one. If you’re only looking for a pumpout station, or only a portable toilet dump station, you can tell the app to search for one or the other. It’s a really interactive and easy-to-use tool for boaters.”

Washington Sea Grant recommends boaters download the free Pumpout Nav app through the Apple App Store or Google Play.