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Boaters encouraged to pump, not dump

August 15 2017 Enhanced sewage disposal facilities coming to False Creek with new free mobile pump-out service

“We all have a part to play in keeping False Creek clean and helping realize its potential."

Boater driving his motorboat across False Creek

The City of Vancouver and the Park Board have launched a free mobile pump-out service in False Creek to increase access to sewage disposal facilities and help improve water quality.

The free pilot service will come directly to boats in False Creek to empty their sewage tanks, making it easier for boaters to pump, not dump, their waste.

Keep our beaches and waterways clean

“False Creek is a fantastic public amenity with tremendous potential to be an urban oasis for boaters, kayakers, and other year-round recreational users,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We all have a part to play in keeping False Creek clean and helping realize its potential. I encourage all boaters to take advantage of the City and Park Board’s free mobile pump-out service, and do their part in cleaning up False Creek.”

Ongoing work by the City, Park Board and partners on water quality in False Creek has discovered that a primary contributor to E. coli contamination is untreated sewage waste from commercial and recreational vessels. 

“Once again this summer we’re reminding boaters, dog owners and beach goers to keep our beaches and waterways clean,” says Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe. “Alongside the mobile pump-out service, we’ve also increased hours and enhanced service at our pump-out stations at Heather and Burrard Civic marinas.” 

Efforts for recreational water quality 

The free mobile pump-out service is one of a number of immediate actions to make recreational waters like False Creek swimmable, and supports City Council’s Waterfront Initiative.

Additional initiatives include:

  • Diver investigations to identify sources of water pollution
  • A hydraulic model and water quality performance study to better understand how water flows in and out of False Creek and how pollution moves within and out of the basin
  • Updates to the Health bylaw to reinstate previous requirements related to water quality protection for the management of sewage and enhancing enforcement for illegal dumping

Book a mobile pump-out 

Boaters can arrange for free boat pump-out in three easy ways:

Call or text: 778-683-7867 
Email: pumpout@skookumyachtservices.com 
Flag: Flag the mobile pump-out boat when it’s en route in False Creek

Schedule (subject to change)

Days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm 
Months: August until mid-October 

Learn more

The mobile pump-out boat is insured and registered with Transport Canada and service is confidential.

The City contracted Skookum Yacht Services, a local company that has been doing boat repairs and maintenance at the Granville Island Boatyard for more than 10 years.

Download photos of the pump-out boat ZIP (34.3 MB)


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