The Environment Agency is advising people to inspect tanks, pipes and other equipment for leaks, damage and interference once a week, and to arrange for the boiler and tank to be serviced at least once a year by a technician.The agency explained that leaked oil can end up in drains, many of which lead directly to rivers, streams, lakes and even garden ponds, having the same effect as pouring it directly into the watercourse.
Oil is poisonous to fish and other wildlife and smoothers plants, just two litres could seriously pollute the volume of fresh water needed to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.
Environment Manager as the Agency, Emma Collyer, said “Heating oil can cause serious problems if it gets into the environment.
“However, it is not just the cost of losing the oil that can be expensive as clean-up costs can be large and are not always covered by household insurance policies.
“This is why it is vital that oil is only ever stored in tanks that are in good condition.”
“Both the tank and pipe work should be regularly inspected and people should never buy more oil than they can safely store.”
Source Burton Mail 12th September 2015