New bylaws will soon come into force

One of Lee San's pump out stations One of Lee San's pump out stations

The disposal of sewage from boats on inland waterways has long been prohibited by law, writes Katina Read.

However from January 1, 2015, pumping out will also be prohibited into the River Thames as the Port of London Authority extends its bylaws.

As such, the number of pump out stations is increasing with sanitation experts Lee Sanitation installing three of its LS200 systems along the river.

The bylaws are particularly aimed at the houseboat fraternity, according to Lee San operations director Gary Sutcliffe, but will also prohibit any boat user from having a toilet that can pump direct into the river.

The stand alone stations have a pump capacity of 300 litres per minute with a maximum discharge distance of 200m, allowing some to go straight ashore and some to go to a tank for the discharge to then be transferred.

And together with the new pump out stations, Lee San is also currently upgrading some older ones along the Thames, such as Cadogan Pier, a popular spot for houseboat owners.

“The legislation from PLA is certainly moving in the right direction,” said Mr Sutcliffe. “There are many challenges ahead and coastal areas still need some work and more pump out stations installed.

“New marinas being built generally do have pump out facilities, and many marinas are being refurbished. We’re seeing the best of it.”

One such marina being refurbished is Swanick marina on the south coast where Lee San is installing a LS160 WTS system that will double up as a system for the sewage from car park users.

“It’s a waste station which combines as a transfer station,” said Mr Sutcliffe. “The sewage is pumped from the boat and drops to a tank before being transferred to the sewer.”

The machines are being built under the LeeStrom GmbH brand with Lee San working in conjunction with Germany’s Rheinstrom Pumpenfabrik. 

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