Using a Self Bailer on Containment Sumps to Filter Hydrocarbons

How do you eliminate problems associated with the collection of rainwater in outdoor containment systems and maintain compliance with EPA and Clean Water Act regulations?  Since most outdoor oil storage tank sumps and oil drum spill pallets will inevitably be exposed to local precipitation and storm water runoff from nearby catchment surfaces, it is necessary to make sure you have measures in place to filter out any oil, fuels or other contaminants that could overflow or leak out of these secondary containment systems.  In fact, the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Act (SPCC), a set of regulations ‘designed to prevent discharges of oil and oil-related materials from reaching navigable waters and adjoining shorelines’ mandates that industrial and agricultural operators take steps to filter these hydrocarbons before they can leach into the surrounding environment.

According to EPA regulation 40 CFR 264.175, Containment of Containers Containing Free Liquid, a containment system must be designed to operate as follows:

  1. The containment unit must underlie the containers and must be free of cracks or gaps and be sufficiently impervious to contain leaks, spills and accumulated precipitation.
  2. The base of the containment unit must be sloped or designed to drain and remove liquids resulting from leaks, spills or precipitation, unless the containers are elevated or otherwise protected from contact with accumulated liquids.
  3. The containment system must have sufficient capacity to contain 10% of the volume of containers or the volume of the largest container, whichever is greater.

To help eliminate problems associated with the collection of rainwater in outdoor containment sumps, tanks and berms, Interstate Products now offers UltraTech Self Bailers which allow for the passive filtration of hydrocarbons from storm water in outdoor containment products.  This self-bailing filter system is simple to install, can be connected to almost any outdoor containment product, and offers the best protection for non-monitored containment sites.  UltraTech Self Bailers are ideal for use in a variety of applications including: remote oil storage tanks used by farms and agricultural operations, as part of portable truck berm systems and any other outdoor containment areas.  Self Bailers come in a variety of sizes.  The standard size accommodates flow rate of up to 7.5 gallons per hour and larger sizes can handle up to 55 gallons per hour.

By using Self Bailers, modest spills and hydrocarbon “sheens” are captured to provide a clean Stormwater runoff solution.  In the event of larger or more concentrated spills, the filter will activate an auto-shut off mechanism stopping the flow of hazardous liquids or materials.  There is also a manual shutoff valve which can be used to secure all draining operations.  For periodic maintenance the filter cartridge is easy to replace, and the storm water drain should be cleaned through the outflow port.  The UltraTech Self Bailer helps ensure your non-monitored containment sites keep a clean outflow and is an important tool to help you meet or exceed EPA state and federal Stormwater regulations for secondary spill containment.

Interstate Products’ full line of oil drum storage sumps and fuel tank storage products offer the best in hydrocarbon storage, fuel spill containment and oil spill control.  As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control and remediation, IPI experts are here to help our customers source the right secondary containment products for their individual needs.  Contact us toll free at 1-800-474-7294.  To view our full selection of oil containment products please visit:

UltraTEch Self Bailer


Interstate Products Offers New Ultra-Rack Sump Drum Spill Pallet

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions has added a new selection of warehouse rack containment sumps to its diverse line of oil spill equipment and containment products.  The new Ultra-Rack Sump from Ultra-Tech is an industrial quality polyethylene containment sump featuring a low profile design and is specifically manufactured to fit seamlessly into warehouse racking systems without impeding on adjoining rack storage areas.  An ideal solution for industrial oil drum or chemical drum spill containment, the new Ultra-Rack Sump drum spill pallet is built to accommodate up to four (4) 55-gallon drums positioned on standard 40″ x 48″ or 48″ x 48″ wooden shipping pallets.  Designed to prevent hazardous liquids from leaking onto floors, industrial equipment and other stored inventory, this large, 66-gallon rack sump complies with EPA, SPCC, and UFC spill containment regulations.

The right spill containment solutions from IPI offer commercial, industrial and agricultural users’ proactive regulatory compliance and also save valuable time and money in the event of a spill.  The Ultra-Rack Sump is a 55 gallon drum containment pallet configured for easy handling and is molded from an all polyethylene construction that will not rust or corrode and offers excellent chemical resistance.  The sump design allows for direct forklift access to standard wooden pallets as the unit remains positioned in the rack while removing the pallet and drums.  A Standard hose can be connected to the optional Drain / Ball Valve Assembly for easy draining.  In the event of a spill, liquids contained in Ultra-Rack Sumps that are located on higher sections of the rack system can be easily drained without having to remove the Sump from the racking system.  The yellow, translucent sump color allows for floor level visual inspection for immediate detection of spills and leaks.  Ultra-Rack sump’s nested design minimizes storage space requirements and reduces shipping expenses.  For specific details and easy online ordering visit Ultra-Rack Sump product page.

Interstate Products’ full line of oil drum storage sumps and fuel tank storage products for farm, industrial, commercial and military applications offer the best in hydrocarbon storage, fuel spill containment and oil spill control.  The new Ultra-Rack Sump enables regulatory compliance with SPCC rules and fully meets EPA Container Storage Regulation 40 CFR 264.175.  As the leading provider of oil sumps, standard and customized oil tank storage and fuel tank storage solutions, Interstate Products is also the preferred source for a large variety of spill containment solutions including spill control pads, spill berms, spill pallets and other hazardous material handling products.  Where there is a need to prevent acid spills, fuel, oil or other chemicals, IPI recommends having the appropriate solutions on hand to prevent and manage any type of spill before it happens.  As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control and remediation, IPI experts are here to help our customers to source the best secondary containment and spill cleanup products for their individual needs.  Contact us today for assistance designing the right industrial spill containment and compliance solutions for your needs.  To view our full selection of oil containment sumps please visit

Ultra-Rack Sump from IPI

Ultra-Rack Sump in warehouse rack system

For more information, please contact Interstate Products at 3921 Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 or call toll free1-800-474-7294 for domestic inquiries and 941-377-8610 if outside the United States. The company’s email address is and website is

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