CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - State officials confirm water was found in the 89 and 93 Octane gas samples at a Chesterfield gas station.
One woman was told a third of the gas she purchased was water.
“The entire system has to be flushed out. The pumps the lines the injectors. You are talking about thousands of dollars worth of things this could potentially damage,” Billy Allen, with Allen Tire, said.
The contaminated fuel has stopped the pumps from flowing at the BP Gas Station and Corner Mart on Midlothian Turnpike near Winterfield Road.
A woman who didn’t want to be identified said she came to the gas station last Thursday and filled up her tank. Friday morning her Volvo wouldn’t start. She had the car towed to the dealership where mechanics found the watered-down gasoline.
“Usually 99.9% of the time when you’re talking about contaminated gas, it is normally water into the fuel,” Allen said.
The State Office of Weights and Measures confirm it is looking into what happened.
One possible culprit could be how the fuel is stored.
“A lot of the time the way the gas is stored, it’s underground tanks and water can seep into the tanks, and that’s where the contamination can come into play,” Allen said.
That means one thing: Repairs ranging up to thousands of dollars.
“A lot of it depends on how much fuel was in the car already. If you were on empty and you fill your car all the way up, then you are going to notice it pretty quickly,” Allen said.
We contacted the owner of the gas station who said he has gotten several complaints.
Those who got gas from this location dating back to April 17 could be affected, and it could go back further.
“The best thing you can do is to shut that car off as quick as you can,” Allen said.
If you have contaminated gas, the inside of your tank will start to look different. Mechanics say the gas will float at the top of the tank while the water sinks to the bottom.
“The earlier you can pick up on anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle, the better off you will be,” Allen said.
The owner said the investigation from the state should be back any day and says he’s willing to work with anyone’s car who has been affected.
As for the car owner, she said she needs an entire new gas tank, which will be pricey.
The woman says the gas stations insurance company is responsible for fixing her car. The problem now, she says they are dragging their feet.
Officials say the owner is now responsible for fixing the problem and the pumps will remain condemned until further notice.
Inspectors must come back out for another inspection before the 89 and 93 pumps can be in use again.
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