Why Is It Important To Keep Liquid Out Of Containment Spaces?

Can service station owners balance regulatory requirements with easy installations? 

Every country has its own regulations regarding the handling and storage of fuel, and there are many agencies around the world with the same goals of ensuring safety and
environmental protection. One of these agencies is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the primary governing body in the USA. The top priority of EPA’s Emergency Management Program is to prevent, prepare for, and respond
to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States.

EPA containment inspections occur on average once a year. If there is water in the containment space, not only will the station owner fail the EPA inspection but they will also have to pay to remove the liquid safely. If water can breach a containment system, then fuel can leak out of it. So it is imperative that whatever the liquid is, all precautions should be taken.

If a station owner finds water in the containment space, they will need to pay for a technician to visit the site and pump out the liquid. The liquid then needs to be treated off-site to remove any contaminants carefully. With costs for this process most often calculated on a  per-gallon basis, it’s vital that the risk of leaks is minimized wherever possible and that quality leak detection systems are in place to minimize any incidents. The entire system must be carefully examined to find the source of the leak. A large marketer can spend millions of dollars a year resolving problems caused by liquid in containment spaces.

The varied requirements of different sites mean that it can be challenging to find the best solution. For example, a high water table on coastal sites can make it extremely difficult to achieve completely watertight containment. Do you need fiberglass or polyethylene sumps? Flexible or semi-rigid pipework? Whatever your site requirements, we have solutions available that have been carefully designed to provide the best solution.

Fueling system providers have developed ever-improving methods to provide efficient, simple and secure systems. The UPP™ brand electrofusion welding system connects pipe, fittings, seals and containment to create a seamless direct burial pipework system. Patented UPP™ brand electrofusion entry seals weld directly to the walls of polyethylene chambers and sumps, providing water tight seals between the sump or chamber and the UPP™ brand pipe or ducting.

The APT™ brand utilizes the same rigid entry boot to connect XP double wall flexible pipe to either poly of fiberglass containment sumps. The newly designed REB provides a simple, cost effective entry boot but also allows a substantial reduction in labor to the installer. The elimination of rubber in the containment area allows a watertight seal to either a poly or fiberglass surface.

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