It was quite a different sight as you traveled down main street. To see huge piles of gravel and a huge gaping sixteen foot hole in the ground. It was filling the entire parking lot it seemed. Bill's EZ Out had quite a project gong on, so we decided to check it out. Chantz Candler was on site when we stopped by, and took a few pictures and video of just what was happening. Chance told RDMGtv “we had to repair a line, so while we had it all opened up, we decided to just do the whole thing."
Chantz Candler said “it was time for the new tanks, as the aging tanks were 41 years old”. He added “there were no leaks in the old tanks, but we are replacing them, to be proactive”. Chantz also told RDMGtv that they are doing even more than just the tanks. “Its a whole new system, from the pumps with new card readers, to the system inside the store, to what is below ground”. Chantz told us that the tanks would be dropped in by crane, so we stayed around to gather video of the operation. Something you don't see every day. The video was over 5 minutes in length, we cut that down for you so you could watch the whole thing.
There are three tanks. One for regular unleaded, one for premium unleaded, and one for diesel. Each tank weighs in at 10,000lbs,and has a 10,000 gallon capacity. As you can see in this picture below, one compartment is 6000 gallons. Each fuels tank is double walled and goes through a rigorous inspection by the Corporation Commission before they can be used. The fire department also plays a role, as they fill the tanks and let them level out and settle, and also check for potential leaks or punctures during transport. “It's a quite costly and detailed process to follow all the regulations handed down by state and federal governments”, Mr. Candler said. “But it's the business we are in”, he continued. Mr. Candler also mentioned “ new pumps will be added to the 9th street location as well."
Mr. Candler could not say for sure when things would be back to normal at Bill's main street location, however he did say “ I hope to only do this one time, in my life time”. Chantz also wants to thank his loyal customers, knowing that this has changed some morning routines. Maybe Chantz will get a day or so to sleep in, over the next couple of weeks, instead of his normal 3:30am, arrival at the store each day.