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I just happened across this article that a news station in the Dallas area ran. Give it a read, seriously.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/05/12/...ter-lower-octane-at-north-texas-gas-stations/

I've known about this happening, but I didn't realize the enforcement was in place as much as the story says. I'm sure this scenario plays out the same across the entire USA. I think this should be policed a bit more, but I don't think the general public cares enough.
 

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When I was young, I worked at a gas station. Procedure is to regularly measure the level of fuel in the tanks with a very long stick (a 14 foot long ruler basically) and cross reference that with the tank's measurements to get the volume of the tank- it should go down the same number of gallons as you sold.

You also coat the end of the stick with a paste that detects water (i.e. turns red). The water settles to the bottom. You can have a bit of water down there and not harm anything, because the pump pickup is a few inches above the bottom of the tank.

BUT.... remember that when a load of gas is being delivered, it churns the bottom of the tank, mixing water with gas. Rule of thumb should be to NEVER purchase fuel from a station that is getting a delivery. Never never never.
 

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Good find Randy, and great point tubbyaz.
 
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