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Waterline has been servicing the Residential market for over 20 years. We help home owners through the process of removing and updating their existing tanks.

  • All fuel tanks must be inspected and tested and fuel cannot be obtained until the tank has been registered.
  • Effective October 2001, the New Energy Act introduced legislation that requires the removal of fuel tanks that exceed 25 years or of unknown age. A fuel supplier not allowed to full a tank which falls into this category and therefore the homeowner will no longer be able to obtain fuel in their existing tank.
  • The gas handling act states that upon disuse of a fuel storage tank, the owner has 180 days to de-commission the tank and empty it of fuel.

If you suspect that there is a buried fuel tank on your property, you will not know whether it is leaking until it is removed. Therefore, the longer the time frame of removal, the more likely the contamination and the more potential for costly clean-up.

Waterline FAQ's

What is an underground oil tank?
How can I tell if my underground tank is leaking?
What do I do if my underground tank is leaking?
Who are TSSA Registered contractors?
How do I register my underground tank?
How do I remove my underground tank?
I have an underground tank that I am no longer using, what should I do?
Is there any government funds for homeowners upgrading or removing their underground tanks?

What is an underground oil tank?
A: An underground oil tank is a container that is buried and contains fuel oil to be used in appliances, such as furnaces and boilers. Tanks that are in basements are not considered underground tanks.

How can I tell if my underground tank is leaking?
A: Because they are buried, it is difficult to tell if the tank is leaking. Some underground tanks may leak for years without the homeowners realizing it. It your oil consumption suddenly goes up, your tank may have sprung a large leak. There are companies that test underground tanks for leaks. Call your fuel supplier to help you find underground tank testing companies.

What do I do if my underground tank is leaking?
A: Call a TSSA registered fuel oil contractor to help you find and stop the leak and clean up any leaked fuel oil. You are also required to call the Spills Action Centre of the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-268-6060. Your insurance company may also be able to assist you.

Who are TSSA Registered contractors?
A: By law, all contractors working on fuel oil equipment such as underground tanks are required to be registered with TSSA. Persons repairing, installing, removing and servicing fuel oil underground tanks are also required to be trained and certified as a Petroleum Equipment Mechanic 2. Your fuel supplier may be able to refer you to some good TSSA registered fuel oil contractors.

How do I register my underground tank?
A: By completing the Underground Fuel Oil application for and returning it to TSSA, your tank will become registered. A registration number will be assigned to your tank that you can give to your fuel distributor to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply.

How do I remove my underground tank?
A: Underground tanks are required to be removed by TSSA registered fuel oil contractors. When you call a contractor, ask for the TSSA registration number. When an underground tank is removed, the soil around the tank must be assessed for contamination and all contamination cleaned.

I have an underground tank that I am no longer using, what should I do?
A: Once an underground tank stops being used, or where it hasn't been used in two years, the underground tank is required to be removed and all contaminated soil cleaned.

Is there any government funds for homeowners upgrading or removing their underground tanks?
A: Currently, owners of underground tanks are responsible for the costs of maintaining, upgrading and removing their underground tank and for cleaning up contamination. Some fuel suppliers may have special financing programs to help you in replacing the underground tank with an above-ground tank.

 

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Waterline Process

  • A site survey is performed to note all service locates. Then, a detailed quotation will be provided to the customer. Upon approval, a date is scheduled to remove the tank (weather permitting).
  • Prior to Waterline removing any underground storage tank, any decorative work will be carefully removed away from the tank area (ie: pavers, patio stones, decking, etc).
  • Any soil that is usable is set aside for reuse.
  • Any remaining liquids or sludges are removed from the tank and piping system and is disposed of as per M.O.E. & E.
  • Extreme care is utilized when excavating and removing the underground storage tank so that there is no spillage. Tanks are emptied with a vacuum truck to ensure there is zero liquid or sludge in the tank prior to its removal.
  • A Hydrogeologuest will be on site to take soil samples, which are forwarded to an independent labroratory for analysis. Typically, results are known within 24-48 hours and a fully detailed, signed report will be provided to the owner.
  • The excavation of the tank is completed with a backhoe or excavator; in situations where it is not possible to use such a method, hand excavation may be required. The tank is then removed to a registered recycler.
  • All other equipment used in conjuction with the underground storage system is also removed (pumps, wiring, piping, etc).
  • The site is then backfilled and restored to it's pre-excavation status.
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