Frequently Asked Questions

Pumpout Facilities (Federal Clean Vessel Act)

Why is it important to use pumpout facilities?

Using a stationary pumpout or pumpout boat helps keep Connecticut waters clean and ensures that they are healthy places to swim, fish, shellfish and boat.  These facilities in Connecticut remove more than 1 million gallons of waste annually from recreational boats, keeping bacteria, viruses, and excessive nutrients out of our waters.
How do I find a pumpout facility in Connecticut?
Visit DEEP’s interactive pumpout facility and pumpout boat map. This information is also available in the Connecticut Boater’s Guide.
What is the fee to use a Connecticut Pumpout Facility or Connecticut Pumpout Boat?
All Connecticut publicly accessible pumpout facilities and pumpout boats are free of charge.
Who pays for the pumpout facilities and boats in Connecticut?
Funding for pumpout facilities and pumpout boats comes from the Federal Clean Vessel Act, which is derived from federal excise taxes on motor boat fuels, fishing equipment, small engine fuels, and import duties on tackle, pleasure boats and yachts. Through an application process, the US Fish and Wildlife Service grants the funding to the Connecticut DEEP to distribute to the eligible marinas, municipalities, and organizations.  
Who can use the free pumpout facilities?
All recreational boaters can use the free pumpout services at either a land-based stationary or portable pumpout facility, or a pumpout boat. Commercial vessels such as fishing charters and tour vessels may not use these facilities.
If I am a marine facility and/or a boat operator, how can I apply for funds to provide pumpout services in Connecticut?
DEEP issues an annual Request for Proposals for Clean Vessel Act (CVA) proposals to marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, other marine facilities, municipalities, non-profit organizations, private entities and pumpout vessel programs.  How to apply for a CVA grant.

Content last updated December 2019