This Opinion piece appears in the Nov. 26 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
By Joe Fazio
Director of Fleet Sales
Anyone who works with diesel fuel — stored or otherwise — knows that water comes with the territory. Water can cause problems all year round, but when the weather turns colder, you can get new problems, as well as amplifications of other issues.
Here are seven “must-knows” about diesel plus water, including the tell-tale symptoms of water in diesel fuel. They all can save you headaches:
1. Water in diesel fuel can wreck fuel quality.
When you store diesel fuel, it undergoes chemical reactions that may turn the diesel fuel quality south. There are two main classes of chemical reactions that do this:
n Oxidation reactions happen when the fuel is exposed to oxygen (or oxygen-bearing substances).