Spill Bucket Compliance

Underground storage tanks have spill buckets in place to help contain spills and leaks, but did you know that they require regular maintenance? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires owners and operators of underground storage tanks to comply with federal regulations, and that includes maintaining their spill buckets.

spill bucket complianceSpill Prevention

For starters, a spill bucket is your first line of defense for spill prevention. It is there to catch any drips that happen when connecting or disconnecting the line to the underground fuel tank for fueling. They are required for underground storage tanks that are 25 gallons or larger.

Spill buckets are crucial to reducing the amount of pollution released into the environment. Small leaks and drips can add up over time and have a huge impact. However, the improper handling or maintenance of your spill bucket can also lead to soil and groundwater contamination even though it is in place to prevent these things.

Maintaining Your Spill Bucket

Start by regularly emptying your spill bucket of debris and liquid waste. While a spill bucket is designed to catch these items, if it accumulates over time without emptying, there is a risk it will overflow. Make sure to dispose of contaminants in the proper manner.

Regularly check your spill bucket for damaged parts, such as gaskets and seals. We recommend inspections every 30 days at minimum. Sometimes, an entire spill bucket will require replacing or repairing. Over time, spill buckets can become corroded or cracked and can potentially release contaminants into the environment. If this happens, it’s vital to act quickly—and you can’t act quickly if you don’t know the leak has occurred. That’s why a routine inspection process is so important.


  • Check and test your spill bucket every month for damaged parts and every three years for tightness.
  • Always keep an eye out for leaks and inspect the spill bucket every time fuel is delivered.
  • Remove any spilled fuel immediately after delivery is over and properly dispose of it.
  • Always keep the spill bucket clear of liquids and debris.
  • Check the spill bucket after a hard rain or snow and remove any water that might have seeped in.
  • Always replace damaged or broken parts as soon as you notice there is a problem.
  • Keep an eye out for anything that may obstruct the spill bucket or any of its pipes.
  • Remember to replace the entire spill bucket as soon as possible if it is beyond repair.
  • If you are unsure about the quality of your spill bucket or its parts or think it may be leaking, make sure to contact a qualified service technician so they can check for leaks.

Let American Petroleum Handle Your Spill Bucket Maintenance

At American Petroleum, we offer comprehensive spill bucket maintenance services that will ensure you not only meet all regulatory requirements but protect your investment and the environment in the process. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your options. We can work out a custom plan for your facility. We even provide repairs and replacement should that need arise.