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Macerator Pumps can help meet Environmental Standards

June 4, 2010

John Marks/jmarks@lakewyliepilot.com - River Hills Marina dockmaster Chip Krell stands alongside Darrin, Anna and Durran Coley, owners of Commodore Yacht Club, Lake Club Marina and Tega Cay Marina. All four marinas received the first Lake Wylie Marine Commission designation as a Lake Wylie Clean Marina.

Four of the marinas on Lake Wylie, which sits on the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, have been certified by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission (LWMC) under the Clean Marina Program.

Under the program, the LWMC seeks to reinforce the environmental standards of the Lake Wylie area, the Lake Wylie Pilot reports. So far the Commodore Yacht Club, Lake Club Marina, River Hills Marina and Tega Cay Marina have been certified, indicating that they have met at least 80 percent of the environmental standards outlined by the group.

“This is the culmination of about 18 months of Clean Marina efforts,” Joe Stowe, executive director of the LWMC told the news source. He added, “We’ve been working with all the marinas on the lake to see if we can get a set of standards that would exemplify hard work in running a clean marina.”

The group’s standards for certification include emergency planning and maintenance as well as sewage and solid waste management.

Boaters can help meet these environmental goals by using macerator, waste pumps and waste tanks in their vessels. Macerator pumps grind waste from a marine toilet and pump the slurry to a black water holding tank, from which the waste can be “siphoned” out at a pump-out, when the boat is docked.

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