...Use oil and fuels

Did you know?  

 

  • The legal limit for hydrocarbon in water discharge is roughly one drop of oil in 2l of water (15mg/l).

     

  • A single litre of fuel can contaminate over a million litres of water.

     

  • Oil is toxic to fish and water species. Prolonged exposure affects reproduction, growth and feeding of aquatic life, even at low concentrations.

     

  • The majority of oil pollution in our rivers and oceans comes from every day sources like refueling, engine emissions and oil leaks.

     

Pointers

 

  • The most effective way to clean oily bilge water is to use an oil absorbent sock.

     

  • Check bilge water for contaminants before routine pumping.

     

  • Use a funnel when pouring fuel or oil.

     

  • Good maintenance of fuel lines, connections and seals helps avoid leaks.

     

  • Transfer used oil or waste fuel in proper containers and dispose of in oil waste facilities.

     

  • Dispose of all oily or fuel-soaked materials in the hazardous waste containers.

     

  • When fuelling, avoid topping off or overfilling to reduce the risk of fuel overflowing from vents. Allow room for expansion in the tank.

     

  • Never use detergents to deal with spills – it may disperse the fuel or oil and save you embarrassment, but they can be more toxic to aquatic life than the oil itself.

     

  • Avoid using oil and fuel on the pontoons, other than on those dedicated to refueling. Off the boat, the Government recommends a distance of at least 10m from the water.

     

Useful information

 

The Oil Bank Line will give you your nearest oil disposal centre: www.oilbankline.org.uk 

 

The Environment Agency website has lots of facts about oil and the environment: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/oilcare    

 

If you see a pollution incident, report it through the Environment Agency’s 24 hour a day pollution hotline – 0800 80 70 60