Home Heating Oil Tank Leaks
About 10% of reported neighbourhood oil spills and pollution come from home heating fuel tanks. While the number of spills is low, the cost is high. It’s common for homeowners to receive a cleanup bill in the tens of thousands of dollars. Most house insurance policies don’t cover spills.
The environmental cost is also significant.
Prevent leaks by regularly inspecting your fuel tank.
For more helpful ideas about home oil tanks, see Home Heating Oil Tanks: what you should know [PDF - 1.6 MB]
In Case of a Spill or Leak
- Contain the spill as close to the source as possible.
- Don't flush oil spills into a house or municipal drain.
- Call the Emergency Management BC Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible for clarification about your policy.
Other Pollution Spills to Land or Water in Saanich
If you notice other types of spills or polluting substances to land or water, on road surfaces or into storm drains, please call:
- Saanich Public Works: 250-475-5599
- After-hours Emergency: 250-475-6190
Crews will investigate, help to control pollution and report the spill to the Emergency Management BC Coordination Centre.