South Puget Sound Mobile Pumpout Program
Help keep Washington's waters clean for recreation, shellfish and wildlife. Use our FREE mobile service to conveniently pump out your boat's sewage.
Pierce County, Washington State Parks, the City of Gig Harbor, the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound, the Recreational Boating Association of Washington and Minterbrook Oyster Farm are collaborating to bring a mobile pumpout service directly to South Puget Sound boaters in the Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands watershed this summer. This grant-funded program will keep an estimated 10,000 gallons of sewage out of Puget Sound annually, protecting shellfish beds and improving overall water quality.
The mobile pumpout vessel will serve docking facilities, anchorages and yacht club outstations, giving recreational boaters a convenient way to dispose sewage from their sanitary waste tanks right where they are. There are two operating pumpout stations in the area, but they both have their limitations. One is not conveniently located, while the other can’t easily accommodate larger vessels. These can be barriers to boaters who are unwilling or unable to travel outside the watershed. This new mobile option will improve stewardship practices that protect the quality of our local waterways.
This free service operates annually on weekends and holidays starting in May through September.
Schedule a pumpout appointment:NW Mobile Pump Out and Marine Environmental Services
Jeff Barney, Watershed Planner
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This free service will operate annually on weekends and holidays through the summer. The vessel will serve areas of the Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands watershed, which spans from south of the Tacoma Narrows to the Nisqually River Delta. Boaters should call 253-225-7660 to request service and schedule an appointment with NW Mobile Pump Out and Marine Environmental Services.
The pumpout boat will travel to and service vessels at docking facilities, anchorages and yacht club outstations. The South Puget Sound service area includes, but is not limited to, the following locations:
- Bremerton Yacht Club and Tacoma Yacht Club outstations in Oro Bay, Anderson Island
- Tacoma Yacht Club outstation in Wollochet Bay, Gig Harbor Peninsula
- Cutts Island and Kopachuck state parks, Gig Harbor Peninsula
- Penrose Point and Delano Bay near Penrose State Park, Key Peninsula
- Lakebay, Mayo Cove and Longbranch marinas, Filucy Bay, Key Peninsula
In 2022, the Pierce County vessel pumped out 11,954 gallons of sewage. That's nearly 2,000 gallons more than the annual goal.
Partial funding for this project was provided by the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Program and matching contributions from Pierce County, the City of Gig Harbor, the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound, the Recreational Boating Association of Washington and Minterbrook Oyster Farm. The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program is funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is financed by your purchase of motorboat fuels and fishing equipment.