Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free Pump Out Services in False Creek Marinas

Small boat users in False Creek, Vancouver, have had an unhappy time this summer and last. The water has tested as having a lot of E.coli bacteria, due in part to human activities in this busy bay. It's not recommended to paddle in parts of False Creek, and it's no fun paddling when you can't splash and have to clean your boat & gear thoroughly or risk getting sick.
Now the Georgia Strait Alliance is sharing the following press release:
Keep our water clean, pump don't dump

Vancouver Park Board is offering free pump out services to boaters at Burrard & Heather Civic Marinas of False Creek in order to #KeepItClean. Please forward their message to your boating friends!

Keep our water cleanAs we cruise into the much-awaited summer season, the Vancouver Park Board has launched a water quality campaign designed to remind boaters, dog owners and beach goers to keep Vancouver's water clean for the health, safety and enjoyment of everyone.
Vancouver Park Board is doing its part to reduce boat sewage, a source of fecal bacteria in False Creek. You will see reminders to keep our water clean on social media, signs, banners and postcards around Vancouver in the next days.  

In addition, the Board now offers  free pump-out services to all pleasure craft in our waters at Board operated civic marinas (Burrard and Heather Civic Marinas). The service was previously free to marina members, but is now available to the general public to keep our water clean.

Free pump-out service:

Available for pump-outs:

  • 7 am to 6 pm (May long weekend to Labour Day long weekend)
  • 7 am to 4 pm (Labour Day long weekend to May long weekend)

Visit for more information. Remind your friends on social media to keep our water clean by using #KeepItClean.

To find more information about water quality, visit

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