The Steel Tank Institute has released the 2nd Edition of its booklet: "Keeping Water Out of Your Storage System".
The 2005 US Energy Bill has created a greater demand for storage of ethanol in motor vehicle fuels. "Ethanol is much more sensitive to the presence of water in storage tanks, often inadvertently, caused by loose fittings and sumps," says the Institute. "Hence, it is more important than ever before to make sure the fuel system is free from water. Accumulation of water in any fuel storage system can lead to a number of problems, from degradation of fuel quality and subsequent poor vehicle performance, to microbial contamination and damage of the entire storage tank system."
The STI booklet gives advice on routine operations and maintenance procedures for water monitoring and removal of water from fuel storage tank system. It can be obtained free of charge from the STI/SPFA website.