Boat water tanks
Minimize Water Contamination. Water contamination occurs when water is introduced into the fuel tank, and can be caused by improper storage conditions at the distribution center or retail station or by accidental introduction of water during refueling.
Reformulated gasoline contains chemical oxygen additives, commonly
called oxygenates. These oxygenates are either alcohols or ethers.
Currently, the most common oxygenates used are ethanol, which
is an alcohol, and Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), which is
an ether. By nature, alcohol tends to have a greater affinity
for water than ether-based oxygenates. If a fuel containing ethanol
is used under conditions where water contamination is likely to
be a factor, precautions should be taken to avoid such contamination.
Of course, water contamination of any fuel blend should be avoided.
Many oil companies are providing, or working to provide, clear
labels for gasoline pumps to let you know which oxygenate is in
the reformulated gasoline you're buying. If thepump isn't labeled,
ask the service station attendant for information about the additive
used in their gasoline. However, if you haven't had water contamination
problems with conventional gasoline in the past, you shouldn't
have a problem using either type of reformulated gasoline. To
avoid possible contamination problems, the following fuel precautions
should always be considered in storing and operating your boat:
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