Boating Code of Conduct

We are all delighted to be able to get back out on the water in whatever guise takes your fancy. We remind our boating members to take care and read our Boating Code of Conduct, as there are more open water swimmers about, more canoeists and paddleboarders, as Irish people take to the waters in force.

IWAI Policy on discharge

As we approach our boating summer one aspect of the IWAI policy, we draw your attention to is the use of marine toilets.

According to the Shannon Navigation Bylaws of 1994, “A toilet fitted to a vessel shall be so constructed and fitted as to prevent polluting matter from being discharged or passing into the navigation”.

Our policy is

  1. All boats used on the inland waterways should be fitted with holding tanks or chemical toilets. Marine toilets that discharge effluent into the watercourse are now illegal on most inland waterways in Ireland. Dispose of the effluent only at appropriate pump-out stations.
  2. In harbours, use public toilets as much as possible.

This is not a simple area to comply with without working pump-out facilities for holding tanks and sluicing facilities for portable toilets.

Help us map the pump-out facilities on our waterways

We would like your help in ensuring these facilities are up and running and operating. Waterways Ireland will respond to calls very quickly so if we all work together, we can ensure throughout the summer that all facilities are operational.

    Pump-out facilities

    Condition

    Lough Erne

    Belturbet
    Belleek
    Castle Archdale
    Round O Enniskillen Operational and working
    Carrybridge
    Galloon Jetty
    Knockninny

    Shannon Erne Waterways

    Leitrim
    Keshkerrigan
    Ballinamore
    Haughton’s Shore
    Ballyconnell
    Aghalane

    Shannon Navigation

    Mountshannon
    Killaloe
    Scarrif
    Garrykennedy
    Dromineer
    Castle Harbour, Portumna
    Banagher
    Shannonbridge
    Athlone
    Lecarrow Operational and working
    Ballyleague Operational and working
    Portrun
    Leitrim
    Boyle Harbour
    Lough Key
    Carrick-on-Shannon
    Dromod
    Drumshambo

    Royal Canal

    Clondra
    Mullingar
    Ballynacarrigy
    12th Lock

    Grand Canal

    Ringsend
    Lowtown Operational and working
    Salins
    Tullamore Needs to be repaired
    Shannon Harbour

    Barrow

    Athy Never been commissioned
    Graiguenamanagh Not operational for years
    New Ross Marina Operational and working

    Sluicing Facilities

    Condition

    Portumna Castle No longer available – converted to a wheelchair-accessible toilet
    Dromineer