Guard against fuel theft say Waste 2 Water
With fuel so costly, diesel storage areas at golf clubs are at risk from attracting thieves as Tim Earley of Waste 2 Water Europe explains.
Have you been a victim of an attempted or successful fuel theft? If so, you are not alone. With the stratospheric price of fuel it is no surprise thieves are targeting golf course maintenance facilities for their ‘liquid gold’.
These are often “soft targets” hidden away, significantly reducing the risk of being caught. Thieving the diesel is bad enough, but in addition to the financial cost the thieves’ cavalier approach is creating a potential environmental nightmare for golf courses.
A common theme emerging is for the thieves to siphon the tank or merely ‘cut’ the discharge hose and fill the containers they have brought with them, leaving the remaining contents of the tank to spew out.
Depending upon the position of the diesel tank and the amount of diesel in the tank, this is a potential environmental catastrophe!
With the increased risk of attempted theft, ensuring spilled diesel does not pollute the ground water has got to be a top priority. The environmental impact is potentially huge and the clean-up costs resulting from a large diesel spillage into the environment will be very costly.
Even if your facility is nowhere near a water course routine clean-up and ground reparation can typically require removal of the soil to a depth of one metre in the affected area. This soil has to be removed from site for remedial cleaning, which is very expensive.
In addition to providing a superb equipment wash facility the Waste2Water Wash Pad System will retain and quickly eat large spillages of diesel and other contaminants, converting them into harmless water.
A superb example of an installation is at Heswall Golf Club, situated on the Wirral Peninsula.
If the diesel has entered the ground water the clean up costs can leap into another league!
What can be done? The first action is to review the security of your maintenance area. Can the area be enclosed? If not, can the diesel tank be protected by installing it inside, for instance, a cage or building?
However, having taken steps to make the diesel tank as secure as possible this still leaves the risk of an environmental disaster, should the thieves be successful in gaining access.
A solution is to install your diesel tank on the Waste2Water Wash Pad, or, if installed inside a building, connect the drainage to the Wash Pad.Should the worst then happen and the diesel tank contents spew from the storage tank by accident or deliberate action you can be confident the spillage will be dealt with.
Heswall’s recently upgraded wash area is a superb example of incorporating precautionary security for the diesel storage tank on the wash pad, whilst at the same time ensuring compliance with the new environmental legislation.
Alan Speechly, greens chairman of Heswall Golf Club, commented: “We are delighted with the Waste2Water Wash Pad with the diesel tank incorporated to deal with any spillages, which brings our maintenance facilities right up to date with environmental legislation.
“As the maintenance facility is “tucked away” we took the opportunity of increasing site security at the same time by installing the tank in a security cage to deter potential thieves and are delighted with the result.” It’s important for all golf clubs to act now – don’t just sit back and hope for the best!