disposable nitrile or latex gloves in bulk
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Spin the waste fitting cap off and set
it aside where it won’t slide overboard.
Read the instructions on the pump. Next,
make sure the valve on the nozzle for the
hose is turned to
“off” and fits your
If it doesn’t, you may
need an adapter, usu-
ally available at the
you press a switch to
start the shoreside
pumpout. With the
pump running and
ready to pull a vacu-
um, place the rubber-
ended nozzle into
the deck fitting and
slowly open the valve.
If the hose has a sight
glass, you can see the
wastewater being pulled from the tank.
If not, you can tell by the sucking sound
when the process has started and when
the tank is empty. Once the pumpout is
complete, keep the pump running to be
sure that all the wastewater is sucked out
of the hose. Then close the valve and con-
sider flushing some freshwater through
the head and pumping that out as well.
If there’s a bucket filled with water or
a disinfectant mixture by the pumpout
station for disinfecting the pumpout hose,
simply open the nozzle valve, put the
nozzle into the water or disinfectant,
allow it to pull up a small amount of
pour a little
the life of the
A Typical Marine Holding-Tank Installation
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