The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
The Royal Flush, above, will begin offering its service of pumping out septic tanks on boats at Smith Mountain Lake on June 15.
The Royal Flush, a boat that pumps septic tanks on large boats at Smith Mountain Lake, will begin operation Saturday, June 15, according to the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission (TLAC).
The program includes both land-based and on-the-water vessel pump-out services. The pump-out program will be available each Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend.
This year's program will operate similar to previous years with one modification. Boaters will now be asked to call and schedule their vessel pump-outs in advance. Boaters can call (540) 493-5874 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule their vessel pump-out for the upcoming weekend.
Additionally, the crew will try to work in other pump-out requests by boaters who call Friday through Sunday.
The pump-out program, now in its 12th year, has been a cooperative effort of the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) for the past 11 years.
All funding for the program will continue to be provided by those two agencies. TLAC, the new partner in this program, will provide administration of the program. Pam Dinkle, TLAC's lake management and project coordinator, said, "TLAC is pleased to partner with these two agencies to continue this valuable lake program."
Jim Buchanan, a SMLA representative, has been involved with the Royal Flush program for the past five years and will continue to assist with the program, along with Rob Whitener. Buchanan attributes the new cooperative partnership to the shared value that the agencies place on helping to protect the lake's water quality and the need to continue education efforts.
The Royal Flush program was initially begun as an effort to educate the public about the "No Discharge Zone" regulations at Smith Mountain Lake that prohibit any vessel from discharging sewage (treated or untreated) into the lake.
This year's program is available for pumping out vessels at marinas with long-term boat slip leasing, as well as boats out on the lake.
In addition to the Royal Flush program, numerous marinas around the lake offer vessel pump-out services. Effective June 14, boaters can call (540) 493-5874 to request the Royal Flush pump-out services.
For more information on the program, visit www.sml.us.com or call (540) 721-4400.