Vessel Pump Out Program

2017 SML Vessel Pump Out Program  ( updated 4/4/2017)

The Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) is pleased to announce the Smith Mountain Lake vessel pump out program will be available beginning Saturday, May 13, 2017  for the 2017 summer season.  The last day of operation will be on September 30, 2017.  Pump out services will be provided by two pump out sanitation trucks. The pump out program will be available each Saturday and Sunday each week as well as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

This year’s program will operate similar to previous years. Boaters are encouraged to call and schedule their vessel pump outs in advance.  Boaters can call (540) 597-9834 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  to schedule their vessel pump out for the upcoming weekend.  Additionally, the crew will try to work in other pump out requests by boaters who call Friday through Sunday.

This program, now in its 16th  year, has been a cooperative effort of the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).   All funding for the program will continue to be provided by those two agencies.  TLAC will continue to partner with this program by providing program administration.   Rob Whitener, a SMLA representative, will coordinate pump out crew operations. The partnering agencies view the Pump Out Program as a valuable service with an emphasis on helping to protect the lake’s water quality and the need to continue education efforts.

The Pump Out program was initially begun as an effort to educate the public about the No Discharge Zone regulations at Smith Mountain Lake which prohibit any vessel from discharging sewage (treated or untreated) into the lake.  Arrangements can also be made for boats to meet the pump out crew at a convenient marina. In addition to the Pump Out program, numerous marinas around the lake offer vessel pump out services.  Effective May 1, 2017, boaters can call (540) 597-9834 to request pump out services.    For more information on the program, call (540) 721-4400.

 Click this link for the Smith Mountain Lake Pump-out Guide 2017.

 

2016 Vessel Pump Out Program

The Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission partnered with the Virginia Department of Health and the Smith Mountain Lake Association to operate a Vessel Pump Out Program on Smith Mountain Lake during the 2016 summer boating season.  The program began
May 12, 2016 and ended September 14, 2016.  The program included  land-based  vessel pump out services.  The two pump out trucks were manned by five crew members.

Highlights of this year’s program include:

  • 386 pump outs were completed
  • 6,292 gallons of effluent were removed from the vessels’ holding tanks
  • Total cost of program: $36, 258.88.

For more details click here for the 2016 Final Report:

2016 Vessel Pump Out Final Report

The main purpose of the program, initially begun in 2002, is to educate the public about the
No Discharge Zone regulations at Smith Mountain Lake.

In addition to this program, numerous marinas around Smith Mountain Lake offer vessel pump out services for a minimal fee.   

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