Members of the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey will receive free boat sewage pumpout services for three months under a new pilot program.
The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s Boater Education Program is presenting the program, Honey Pot Unlimited, in partnership with Royal Flush Pumping Service and the Del Rey Yacht Club. Funding is provided by the California Department of Boating and Waterways’ Clean Vessel Education Program and the Del Rey Yacht Club was selected for the free services among several applicants.
Honey Pot Unlimited is an extension of the Honey Pot Day program, which began in 2009 as a means to offer individual boaters a one-time free mobile sewage pumpout as a convenient option to properly dispose of sewage. Throughout the four-year program, participation increased annually, with over 700 boaters learning about the adverse effects of discharging sewage and over 14,000 gallons of sewage properly disposed, according to Honey Pot Day.
During the pilot program, Del Rey Yacht Club members will have unlimited free mobile sewage pumpouts between April and June.
The goal of the program is to encourage boaters to properly dispose of their waste and encourage them to take over the expenses of this program at the end of the three-month free trial period, making it a permanent service for the yacht club, according to the restoration commission.
The commission believes that the program can demonstrate to marinas and yacht clubs the added benefits of providing pumpout services to their boaters.