Gray Water

Soaps from boat washing, sinks and showers are more harmful that those at home because they have not been treated in a sanitary sewer before being discharged overboard.


WHAT CAN BOATERS DO TO REDUCE GRAY WATER DISCHARGE?

  • Soaps from boat sinks, showers, and dishwashers are more harmful than those at home because they do not get treated in a sanitary sewer system when discharged from your boat. Do as much cleaning at shoreside facilities as possible.
  • Choose phosphate-free biodegradable soaps.
  • Use more “elbow grease” and as little cleaning product as possible.
  • Rinse and scrub your boat with fresh water after each trip.
  • Use tarps or canvas boat covers to keep boat clean between trips and reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do.

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