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How To Safely Use On-Site Water and Fuel Storage Facilities

Fuel is a hazardous, highly inflammable substance and must be handled and stored with care. If you are storing fuel in an on-site storage container, safety is absolutely paramount. Equally, there are also important guidelines to follow when storing water. The following guidelines will help to ensure that your onsite fuel storage is environmentally safe and complies with the regulations.


Safe on-site fuel storage

A fuel storage container must be robustly made and properly supported by an adequate structure. A tank designed for indoor use must only be used indoors as it is dangerous to funnel fuel to an exterior location. Check that the tank is suitable for the fuel you are planning to store before renting or making a purchase.

• When refilling or treating with an additive, monitor for contamination to ensure that there are no plugging or gelling issues.

• Only fill the fuel storage container to the recommended level. Fuel expands as the temperature rises so the tank should be filled to no more than 95% of capacity.

• A tank for flammable liquids must be fire resistant and able to withstand flames for two hours.

• If you are using an above ground outdoor fuel storage tank, it must be clearly identifiable and you must register it with UL (Underwriters Listed).

• A tank must have an adequate containment area (around 125% of the volume of the tank) that can contain the contents in the event of an accident.

• For maximum safety, a double-walled tank provides extra strength and protection from contamination from condensation or rainwater. Dykes are sometimes used, although they can make the removal of water more difficult.

• One of the riskiest times is when filling the tank so plan your fuel supply to avoid the need to fill up more than once per month and bear this in mind when selecting the size of the fuel storage you require.

• Above ground tanks should be kept at least 40’ away from buildings; the chosen location should be elevated and the environment well drained.

• The area near the tanks must be a no-smoking zone and the tank should display clear “No Smoking” signs on all its sides.

• Steel or concrete saddles will help to protect the tank against corrosion

• Roofing over the on site fuel storage tank protects it from rainwater, reduces exposure to sun and heat and helps to prevent condensation.

• The fuel should be regularly inspected for traces of water; samples of fuel should be taken and tested for contamination at a lab.


Storing water safely on site

Water is essential to our existence and is used in ways far too numerous to mention. As well as water for industrial and commercial needs, there are many occasions when you may need to store water on site for fulfilling human needs such as drinking, washing and bathing. When choosing a water storage container, there are several points to consider, depending on the individual circumstances, some of which may seem obvious, others less so.


Safe drinking water

Water for drinking and personal use must be protected from contamination so when purchasing or renting a water storage tank look for features such as filters, hermetically sealed joints and lined inner walls.

• Only fill the tank from a regulated water source and test the water daily to check that it is safe to drink

• When storing water for any length of time, the tank should be flushed and emptied on a regular basis.

• Store water in a location out of direct sunlight and away from any chemicals that could splash and contaminate it; do not allow it to freeze.

• Never run a pipe off the water tank without using a back valve as this could lead to contamination from backfill.

• Do not use chemical cleaning products on either the inside or the exterior of the water storage tank but follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning.


Storing water in harsh environments

There are many occasions when water must be stored on site in conditions when it will be exposed to considerable temperature changes. Modern water storage solutions are robust and may feature pumps containing antifreeze so that they can function even in subzero temperatures without any damage to their components.


Filtering dirty water

Government regulations mean that sometimes particulates must be removed from the water before disposal. At CrossPlant Hire, we offer a range of pumps and filters in different sizes to meet your requirements.


For more advice about on-site fuel storage and to discuss bespoke water and fuel storage solutions for your individual requirements, please call us on 0161 401 0000 today or contact us by email: info@crossplanthire.com