What is a Sani Dump and why do I need to use one?

By Joss Penny

Sani Dumps or Dump Stations as they are often known as are where recreational vehicles, such as motorhomes and trailers that are equipped with toilet facilities and a sewage holding tank go to dump their liquid waste. RV’s generally have two tanks, one is for sewage known as a blackwater holding tank, and one is for washing water or shower water known as the greywater holding tank.

RV sani-stations are found at various locations throughout British Columbia, including private campgrounds, RV parks, some gas stations and RV dealers. If you dry camp or do not use full hook up services you will have liquid waste. This waste must be disposed of in a sanitary way and that is accomplished by driving to a sani dump station and hooking up the RV dump hose to the outlets. One end of the hose fits on the RV outlet pipe and the other of the hose in the ground dump tank. Next open the valves to release first the blackwater and then the greywater. Once the holding tanks are fully drained and rinsed it is recommended that you flush the connection hose with running water.  Wearing gloves is also recommended for the procedure.

Published: October 10, 2018

Joss Penny

About the Author

Joss has been employed by the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association since 1988 and held the position of Executive Director since 2006. Over the past 29 years Joss has been involved in many of the provincial processes that have shaped the tourism product in British Columbia. Joss has a keen interest in the outdoors enjoying running, fishing and camping pursuits.

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