Fuel quality management does not just happen. It starts with a sample. Unless you know what is in your tank, it is impossible to manage its quality. The first defense against fuel quality issues is regular sampling. Ideally, take a good bottom sample from the lowest access point in the tank at least once a week – more often if deliveries are made. If the sample is visually clear and free of water or large contaminants you can breath a little easier. However, clear fuel does not necessarily mean clean fuel. Because contaminates can be microscopic and still cause damage, they may not be easily seen with the eye.
Testing can also be periodically done to rule out any additional issues that might not be visible to the eye during sampling. There are economical field tests available that can detect water, acid level, ethanol and bacteria. Lab testing is also an option. While more expensive, it will provide a more detailed analysis of the fuel. For critical applications, this if very important.
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