4 Ways To Keep Water Out Of Your Fuel Tank

If you have an on-site fuel storage tank for your company's automotive fleet, then you need to make sure that the tank stays uncontaminated. If contaminated fuel gets into your company's vehicles, you can end up with a bunch of expensive lawn decorations. 

Make Sure You Use the Right Tank

There are different kinds of fuel storage tanks that you can use to hold all that fuel for your business. You want to not only be sure that the tank you use is good for the kind of fuel that you want as well as where you are going to store it. If you are able to store fuel indoors, you don't need to have as strong a tank as if you are going to store the fuel outside. An outside tank should probably be a double walled tank. That helps to keep the condensation from affecting the fuel. 

Check For Water Regularly

You should check your tank regularly in order to make sure no water has gotten into the tank. At a minimum, you should check after every fuel delivery, because that's a prime time for water to get into your tank. However, if you get your tanks filled monthly, you will want to check more often than that. The way that you can check is to use a dipstick that has a paste on it that doesn't react with fuel but does react with water. If there is water in the fuel tank, that paste will change color. 

Treat the Fuel

There are various additives that you can put into the fuel. Some of those fuel treatments will help to absorb any water that is sitting in the fuel tank. How much of the additive you add depends on how much fuel you have in the tank. The additive you choose to should tell you how much you need to add per gallon. 

Use a Tank Drain

If you have a tank that has the right kind of design, it should have a tank drain that will let you drain off the water with a minimum waste of fuel. 

Making sure that your company's fleet has adequate fuel is important. Making sure that the fuel stays free from any contamination is even more important. There are things that you can do that will help keep water out of the fuel as well as let you handle the water that may already have gotten into your fuel. Contact a fleet fueling company for more information.