Source water facts: Fuel

What volumes of fuel may pose a threat and who stores it?

The storage and handling of large volumes (over 2,500 litres) of fuel or petroleum products may pose a threat to our source water. Some places fuel may be handled and stored include:

  • Gas stations
  • Bulk plants
  • Re­ neries
  • Manufacturers
  • Farms
  • Work yards
  • Industrial facilities
  • Municipal facilities

Why is fuel a threat to our source water?

Spilled or leaked fuel can harm the environment and damage private property. Fuel can also cause harm to drinking water sources, plants, animals and humans.

What can I do to protect our source water from fuel?

The Clean Water Act, 2006 requires that fuel is handled and stored to ensure it doesn’t contaminate our drinking water sources. Some best management practices that help prevent fuel spills and leaks include:

  • Following Technical Standards and Safety Association (TSSA) guidelines
  • Ensuring site drainage directs away from groundwater wells
  • Installing leakage alarm systems
  • Following standard operating procedures
  • Ensuring maintenance and monitoring programs are carried out
  • Having a spills response plan in place
  • Following enhanced tank safety requirements
  • Having a tank abandonment plan in place
  • Disposing of fuel safely and free of charge at the City of Guelph’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot: visit for more information about hours of operation and acceptable materials
  • Reporting a spill, no matter how small, to the 24-hour Spills Action Centre immediately at 1-800-268-6060
571 kBSource water fact sheet: fuel (PDF)

For more information

519-822-1260 extension 3320