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
- 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.
- 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.