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Friday, April 12, 2013
Members of the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission on Tuesday approved a cooperative effort to get the lake’s pump-out boat back on the water in time for the season.
The boat pumps out sewage systems of boats with holding tanks to provide captains with an on-the-water method to remove waste. Dumping it into Smith Mountain Lake is illegal.
Pending approval by the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Department of Health and the Smith Mountain Lake Association will join TLAC to operate the pump-out boat for a single season.
Pam Dinkle, TLAC’s lake management and project coordinator, said representatives from the three agencies will meet after the season to decide how to proceed. Plans include the purchase of a new boat with a larger holding tank for 2014, she said.
The VDH-owned boat is the same one that was used during the 2012 season. That boat replaced the Royal Flush, which served the lake for more than a decade until it went out of commission in 2011 because of engine problems.
The pump-out boat will operate on weekends from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. It will be staffed by six crew members and a supervisor. TLAC will appoint a committee to oversee the boat’s operation.
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