Gas Stations

Gas stations can be a source of contaminants due to the following reasons: 

-Gas and oil spilled on the ground is easily washed away by water from rainfall or hoses.

-Grease, oil, antifreeze, copper, and asbestos from engine and brake residues can deposit onto the pavement and be washed away by water.

-Oil, grease, and detergents drain from car washing.

-Remember, just one gallon of oil can contaminate 1 MILLION gallons of water!

Ensure that pollutants from your gas station do not reach our local waterbodies by implementing these BMPs:

*Never wash down fueling areas with water, unless the wash water is collected and properly disposed of. Maintain fuel pump areas by regularly sweeping dirt and debris.

*Maintain and keep a spill response plan.

*Clean up spills using dry cleanup methods such as sweeping for litter and debris removal and rags and absorbants for leaks and spills.

*Label drains within the facility boundary, with an adhesive label, to indicate whether they flow to an oil/water separator, to the sanitary sewer, or to the storm sewer system.

*Inspect dispenser hoses frequently, train employees on spill prevention, and proper inspection of pumps.

*Provide spill kits and locate them in a readily accessible place.

*An emergency shut off button should be in plain view with bold red letters marking its location.

*Put a roof over the fueling area to prevent rain water from picking up pollutants.

*Keep rain water out of the fueling area by constructing a containment system.

*Do not allow customers to conduct automotive repairs on the premises.

*"Topping off" of vehicle fuel tanks should be discouraged by posting signs on the gas tanks.