CRD homeowner's guide: Home Heating Oil Tanks

October 31, 2016

Stay informed on home heating oil tanks

The Capital Regional District (CRD) has created the brochure CRD Homeowner's Guide: Home Heating Oil Tanks  and created a web page as a resource for the residents of the capital region.  

The guide highlights what you need to know about maintenance, spill response and insurance:

  • How to locate potential underground tanks
  • How to know if your tank is at risk for leaking
  • How to prevent home heating oil tank spills and leaks
  • What to do in the event of a spill
  • How to report a spill or leak
  • Insurnance considerations

Home heating oil tanks can fail, leading to oil spills into creeks, harbours, shorelines and natural drinking water sources, causing potential health risks or environmental damage that is costly to residents. Once spilled, rain and irrigation water carries oil through the soil into residential perimeter drains and the surrounding environment. Perimeter drains can quickly carry oil into the storm drain systems, which empty directly into creeks, harbours or shorelines. 

Time for a Change: Heating Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Up to $2,000 for Saanich Residents

The Province of BC is now offering rebates of up to $1,700 when you upgrade from an oil heating system to an air source heat pump. Thanks to an additional $300 in top-up incentives from the District of Saanich and the Capital Regional District, now is the time for residents to consider a switch to an energy efficient air-source heat pump.