The Steel Tank Institute has developed an informational brochure for UST owners, encouraging them to monitor and remove water from their tanks. The brochure has easy-to-understand text, a clear illustration of where water enters underground tanks, and a list of further resources. For years UST Training has been encouraging our Class A/B UST operator customers to watch for, measure and properly removed and dispose of water.
Note the illustration does not indicate sumps can leak into the tank: do you agree?
According to STI: Particularly with today’s newer fuels, poor operations and maintenance procedures for monitoring and removing water from steel and fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) storage tank systems can lead to a number of risks, from fuel quality degradation and frequent fuel filter changes, to microbial contamination and damage to the entire storage system, including, without limitation, submersible turbine pumps overfill prevention, dispensing and metering equipment, and leak detection equipment.
Just as compatibility of newer fuels with FRP tanks is a growing concern, so too is water in tanks storing newer fuels. In a recent blog on FuelMarketerNews.com, Paul Nazarro of Advanced Fuel Solutions, Inc., said that “Water is both the most common and most harmful contaminant to distillate fuel…Once in the tank, water is harmful in the exact opposite way that oil is harmful to water: while oil threatens life in water, water promotes life in petroleum.”
Regulators, tank owners, consultants-all are welcome to download, distribute, and link to the “Protect your tanks, Reduce your downtime, Reduce your risk” brochure on STI-SPFA’s website.