A typical Veeder Root System
What you need to know about leak detection mechanisms at Gas Stations
Leak detection mechanisms are widely used in the petroleum sector, primarily in gas stations. There are several types used in Guyana, such as an electric shut-off system, dipstick, overflow alarm, sensors on the tank walls, gauging system, and a ‘Veeder Root System’.
Moreover, gas station operators over the past years have been primarily using the dipstick and the electronic shut-off system as part of their leak detection mechanisms. However, in recent times, several operators were found to be using the ‘Veeder Root System’ which is a more advanced system in detecting leakage in the tanks, fuel level, and any water in the tank.
Why are leak detection mechanisms important in gas stations?
Leak detection mechanisms are used to determine if a leak has occurred in the system, tanks, or pipeline. Given that the majority of tanks are located underground, it would be difficult to ascertain whether or not there is a leakage, thus, the above-mentioned mechanisms can be used to safeguard both the underground and above ground tanks. Further, it should be noted that a single pint of fuel released into the waterways, either above ground or below ground can contaminate approximately one (1) acre of water. So it’s our responsibility to protect human health and the environment by encouraging operators to implement these systems at their gas stations.