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Aquafighter: A True Revolution in Fuel Quality Management

What is Aquafighter?

Aquafighter® is an active tank treatment that removes emulsified water from diesel and biodiesel blended fuel, along with any free water present. Your fuel and tank will be protected from excess water generated over time.

Fuel Quality Management - aquafighter before and after

Where and How Water Gets Into Your Tanks

Free and entrained water is generated in your tank through air condensation, fuel supply, ineffective filtration, leaks, accidents, and improper system design. Additionally, when water is allowed to accumulate in your tank it provides the conditions for Microbial Contamination (“diesel bug”) to grow, leading to significant problems including blocked filters, pump damage, engine failures, tank corrosion, and poor fuel efficiency.

Water will likely be present in all diesel fuel systems, including storage and operation. It may exist as free water, visible as a separate layer below the fuel, or as a hazy layer between the water and fuel layers. The layer consists of microscopic droplets of water suspended in the fuel.

Water in Fuel Leads to Microbial Contamination – What Issues Does This Contamination Cause?

Did you know microbiological contamination often creates operational issues that can disrupt the use of an asset? Here are some examples:

  • Microbial matter builds up in a tank until it renders the tank unusable, requiring cleaning.
  • Contamination blocks the filters of the generator engine, preventing it from firing up.
  • A fuel quantity indicator functions incorrectly because of a microbial biofilm coating the probes that read the fuel levels.

How Does Aquafighter work in the fuel tank?

Aquafighter is effective in reducing and removing water inside the fuel tank. This is accomplished through three indispensable actions:

  • Demulsifies water by physicochemical adsorption of water molecules to less than 65ppm total fuel water content with maximum efficiency.
  • Attracts & Captures water immediately upon release from the fuel molecules.
  • Isolates water in its protective gel to permanently segregate it from the fuel and tank environment so your fuel and tank are protected. 

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The Benefits:

  • Prevents diesel bugs from forming.
  • Works directly in the tank (no fuel removal needed).
  • Eliminates the need for most additives and minimizes the use of biocides.
  • Reduces filter replacement by around 60%.
  • Reduces the need for tank cleaning.
  • Protects tanks from corrosion.
  • Exceeds EN590 standards – 100% efficient at reducing water to <75 ppm.

Next Steps:

Ready to explore your Aquafighter options? The future of clean, safe, and sustainable water-free tanks is here. Contact our team to learn more by emailing sales@nwpump.com, calling 1-800-452-PUMP, or finding the nearest location to you here.

Single Wall Tank Replacement – Deadline Coming Soon!

Attention all underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators in California! The State of California Senate Bill #445 requires owners and operators to permanently close or replace your underground tank containing hazardous substances not in compliance with new requirements by December 31, 2025. 

This mandate, outlined in the California Health and Safety Code, chapter 6.7, section 25292.05, applies to all single-walled tanks and non-exempt single-walled piping.

Xerxes tank installation

This new law affects all single-walled tanks as well as those not designed and constructed by alternative fuels:

  1. Close the tank in place after being authorized by the board.
  2. Remove the tank from its site completely.
  3. Remove and replace the tank.

Underground storage tanks

Loans and grants are available through the RUST program. RUST stands for Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tanks. This program is a system of grants and loans to help small business owners and operators come into compliance with regulatory requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs). Compliance is achieved through removing, replacing, or upgrading USTs.

The RUST program is a great way for small businesses to protect their business and improve their bottom line. By removing or upgrading their USTs, businesses can reduce the risk of environmental liability and save money on maintenance and repairs. 

What Costs are Eligible for a RUST Grant or Loan?

Eligible costs for grants include:

  • Costs for removing and replacing single-walled USTs and/or piping with doubled-walled USTs and/or piping.
  • Costs for upgrades to USTs including installation of containment sumps, under-dispenser containment boxes/pans, and electronic monitoring systems.
  • Costs for conducting enhanced leak detection tests.

Xerxes tank install    Xerxes tank install

In addition to what the grants cover, eligible costs for loans cover:

  • Costs for corrective actions necessary to meet applicable local, state, or federal standards include, but are not limited to, any design, construction, monitoring, operation, or maintenance requirements adopted under the California Health and Safety Code.

Single-walled USTs have one wall between the petroleum fuel and the underground soil.

Double-walled USTs have two walls between the fuel and the underground soil. The second wall provides extra containment that helps to prevent leaks from reaching the soil. It is a tank in a tank (piping in piping) system.

Who is Eligible for a RUST Grant and Loan?

RUST Grant: Independently owned and operated small businesses with petroleum USTs and fewer than 20 full-time and part-time employees are eligible for a RUST grant. 

RUST Loan: Independently owned and operated small businesses with petroleum USTs and fewer than 500 employees are eligible for a RUST loan. As with a grant, the principal office and business officers must be domiciled in California, and businesses dominant in their field of operation are excluded. All USTs owned and operated by the applicant comply with State UST regulations.

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What Are The RUST Funding Amounts? 

If you are eligible for RUST funding, you cannot begin work until you have a grant or loan executed by the State Water Board. The RUST program grants are available for between $3,000 and $70,000 per grant. A small business may receive multiple RUST grants, but the maximum lifetime limit in grant money for each small business is $70,000.

Next Steps:

Are you considering replacing, removing, or upgrading your underground tank? Please reach out to our tank experts today by emailing sales@nwpump.com, calling 1-800-542-PUMP, or finding the nearest location to you here.

Embrace the Portable Retail Solution with JUXTA Nomad

Embrace the Portable Retail Solution with JUXTA Nomad

In the ever-evolving landscape of small businesses, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for success. Introducing JUXTA Nomad, an unstaffed, portable turnkey retail solution. Nomad takes you beyond brick-and-mortar with the highest profit per square foot retail format in the world. Nomad is not just a retail solution; it’s a game-changer for businesses looking to expand without the traditional barriers.

With minimal time commitment, a cost-effective model, flexible location selection, and impressive profit margins, Nomad is redefining the rules of retail expansion. Embrace the future of retail with Nomad and watch your business soar to new heights.

juxta nomad convenience

Nomad offers an incredibly low operating expense profile with no full-time staff required courtesy of its AI-powered sensor fusion design. With it delivers exceptional topline revenue per square foot with an optimized targeted retail offering of roughly 500 SKUs. Created with portability at its core, you can operate anywhere your consumers are without a multi-decade commitment to one location.

One of the unique features of Nomad is the flexibility it provides in location selection. Unlike traditional retail models, Nomad turns location decisions from permanent choices into flexible, short or mid-term investments. This agility enables businesses to adapt to changing demand or capitalize on better opportunities, allowing them to pick up their store and chase demand wherever it may lead.

Inside store Birdseye view

Potential locations include hospitals, EV charging stations, festivals, campsites, tourist attractions, and college campuses. The internal layout of the JUXTA Nomads is limited solely to retailing typical convenience store items, but the format can stock whatever the retailer wishes.

Nomad boasts the lowest operating expenses of any retail store format. By carefully selecting the top 500 products, businesses can optimize their inventory and streamline operations, turning the typical 2-4% operating margin into an impressive 10%. Some retailers may even see operating margins as high as 20%, unlocking unprecedented profitability in the retail sector.

How It Works:

Tap– Your consumers access Nomad with standard payment methods. With no need to download an app or be a member, shoppers simply use the credit, debit, or mobile wallet already in their pocket.

Shop – Consumers feel right at home because shopping works just like a traditional retail store. While they take anything they want, their AI computer vision system and advanced shelf sensors track shopping behavior and add items to their basket in real time. The information is combined in the cloud to create a digital basket for each customer. JUXTA’s AI-driven technology will collate their purchases if a family or group of shoppers enter the store.

Review– To provide assurance and comfort in an unstaffed environment, consumers have the option to validate their purchase in real-time on a proximity-based checkout screen and request a digital receipt. Receipts are delivered in less than a minute of leaving the store.

Leave– Consumers in a hurry, can simply leave whenever they’re ready, and they’ll be charged for what they’ve taken.

Next Steps:

Curious about the potential impact on your business? Take the next steps with JUXTA and start your low-risk growth journey by contacting our experts at Northwest Pump by emailing sales@nwpump.com, calling 1-800-452-PUMP, or finding the nearest location here.

Premium Floor Protector Mats For Gas Stations

Gas station floor protector mats have become essential in maintaining the longevity and safety of gas station flooring. These mats have been designed to meet various needs, with a focus on gas station environments. At gas stations, sites are prone to spills of fuel, oil, and other chemicals. Each circular mat has been specifically designed to resist these substances, offering effective protection for the underlying flooring. This not only preserves the aesthetic appeal of the station but also prevents long-term damage.

Covering a sump with durable gas station mats will prevent rainwater and other potential contaminants from leaking inside, as well as protect the grate from physical damage. These mats are made from all-weather SBR rubber and reclaimed rubber, which means they can be left outdoors and provide outstanding protection, rain or shine.

Gas Station Mat

This gas station mat is crafted to provide superior floor protection at gas stations. Its durable rubber construction is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, vehicle loads, and harsh weather conditions. The mat’s anti-slip properties ensure safety for both staff and customers, making it an ideal choice for gas station settings. 

Gas Station Mat Gas Station Mat

Specifications:
  • Product: 07-101-GAS-9
  • Size: 4ft. in Diameter
  • Thickness: 9mm
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • Materials: SBR and Reclaimed Rubber
  • Color: Black

Diamond Grip Gas Station Mat

For those seeking enhanced traction and a distinctive design, the Diamond Grip Gas Station Mat is just that. This unique diamond pattern not only adds a visual appeal but also enhances slip resistance. The mat’s durability remains a key feature, making it suitable for high-traffic areas, including gas station entrances and fuel pump zones. 

Diamond Mat Diamond Grip Mat

Specifications:
  • Product: 07-101-GAS-6MM
  • Size: 54″ Diameter
  • Thickness: 6mm
  • Weight: 20 lbs.
  • Materials: Vulcanized Rubber
  • Color: Black

Durability: Both mats are engineered to endure the rigors of daily use, providing long-lasting protection for your flooring. This rubber is a low-maintenance product that is very easy to clean. For best results, simply use a wet cloth or a mop with a simple commercial cleaning solution. Please do not use caustic cleaning agents such as bleach. 

Anti-Slip Properties: Safety is a top priority, both the Gas Station Mat and Diamond Grip Gas Station Mat offer excellent anti-slip features to prevent accidents in busy gas station environments. Slip resistance and safety are a top priority in gas stations, where spills and wet conditions can pose risks. These floor protector mats provide a secure surface for both customers and staff. The textured design enhances traction, minimizing the chances of accidents. 

Easy Maintenance: Designed for convenience, these mats are easy to clean and maintain, ensuring a hassle-free experience for gas station owners and operators.

Versatility: While specifically designed for gas stations, these mats can also be used in other high-traffic areas where floor portion and safety are paramount. 

Maintaining a clean and presentable gas station is crucial for customer satisfaction. These mats are easy to clean and maintain, requiring minimal effort to remove dirt, debris, or any type of spill. Their low-maintenance nature contributes to a hassle-free upkeep routine. While these mats are designed for gas stations, they find applications beyond fueling areas. The mats can be utilized in service bays, car washes, and other high-traffic areas. The versatility of these mats makes them a cost-effective solution for various spaces. 

Next Steps:

The Gas Station and Diamond Grip Mats stand out as reliable solutions for maintaining clean, safe, and visually appealing flooring in gas station settings. Additionally, whether you prioritize classic durability or desire a unique diamond pattern for enhanced grip, these mats cater to a variety of needs. Explore the benefits and make a smart investment by contacting our team today!

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

What is NEVI?

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) is a program managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). NEVI aims to fund a resilient, equitable, and accessible national network of Level 3 EV fast charging stations along the nation’s highways.

Each state participated in helping map “Alternative Fuel Corridors” that string a chain of EV charging stations spaced no more than 50 miles apart in pathways that create an interconnected network. This will allow EV owners to travel cross-country without having the fear of running out of power.

How Northwest Pump Can Help You

At Northwest Pump, we can provide all the products you need to attract new and existing charging clients that will put your site’s location/s on the map. Once you have applied and been approved, we can start the process of getting you the right products. Here is our product lineup:

  electric charger 

Requirements To Meet NEVI Funding

NEVI requires that states meet strict specifications in their EV plans and networks in order to qualify for the funds. These requirements were designed to provide convenient charging for EV drivers who need fast charging locally or while on a trip. To be eligible for funding of up to 80% of project costs, locations must:

  • Be within 1 mile of established alternative fuel corridors (AFCS).
  • Accommodate the power requirements for DC solutions.
  • Charge four vehicles at 150 kW at the same time.
  • Cover remaining total project costs.

Special Financing Options Provided by Patriot Capital

Our special program & partnership with Patriot Capital lets us offer 3 options that are available for NEVI program transactions. These programs provide between 20-100% financing options with varying terms.

Patriot Capital

Next steps:

Once you are qualified for a NEVI site, use the “Contact Us” button to get in touch with your Northwest Pump sales rep. If you want to learn more information regarding NEVI in other states, you can click the “More Information” button.

Petroleum Highlights

Petroleum Highlights

With 2023 approaching, let’s take a look back at some petroleum highlights from this past year. Northwest Pump attended a variety of trade shows and events, added a new vendor, and celebrated a number of well-deserved promotions and retirements.

Retirement and Promotions

Jeff Kelly

After 35 years of being with NWP, Bill Mathews will be retiring at the end of this year. Bill is the Petroleum Sales Manager for our Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Boise, ID branches. We thank Bill for all of his efforts and commitment to those he has worked with.

We are excited to announce that Jeff Kelly, who has been with NWP in Outside Petroleum Sales for 25 years with NWP will be taking Bill’s position. We fully trust Jeff will bring some exciting new ideas and continued commitment to his new position starting January 1st.

Scott Tracy

We would also like to announce that Scott Tracy has been promoted to the position of Vice President- Petroleum Corporate Sales Manager. Since joining Northwest Pump in August of 2000, Scott Tracy has been an integral part of NWP’s growth. Scott has worked hard in building a fantastic team of sales and operations in California. When Scott joined NWP, we only had one California office in San Diego. He has helped build a fantastic team of committed people in Anaheim, Glendale, Sacramento, Fremont, Fresno, and most recently, Valencia. Congratulations, Scott! We look forward to having him as the head of our Petroleum Division.

New Vendor Addition

Red E

This year, we added Red E as a new vendor. We made sure to create an EV team that’s been focusing on learning and understanding the new marketplace so we can attend to every customer’s needs. Northwest Pump is really excited about the electric charging initiative and look forward to the coming 2023 year.

About Red E

Red E is an EV charging network designed to make charging easy and available when you need it, where you need it. Red E was designed specifically around the needs of the fueling industry and municipalities. The Red E network delivers fast, convenient electric vehicle charging- right off the highway and in the heart of your favorite cities.

Chevron Tank Install

Tank Install 

These 12,000-gallon and 14,000-gallon tanks were installed for a customer in Richmond, CA. These Xerxes underground tanks are an excellent solution because they are corrosion-resistant, both inside and out. To meet the needs of our customers, Xerxes offers several fiberglass tank options for a variety of applications and requirements.

At Northwest Pump, we highly encourage anyone who needs a tank to plan ahead so there is no disappointment when it is time to install your tank.

New Features For The Encore 700 S

Dispenser

In September 2022, Gilbarco-Veeder Root announced the release of two new premium features for the Encore 700 Series: 6-Grade Select option and the 15.6′ touchscreen. These features are designed to provide convenience store operators with enhanced flexibility and an improved customer experience.

The 6-Grade Select empowers retailers to leverage those trends by enhancing their own blending strategies. The 6-Grade Select allows retailers to blend any two of four inlets, with up to four hoses and six fuel grades at the same fueling position- allowing the most fuel flexibility possible.

The other new feature- is a 15.6′ touchscreen that provides a next-generation user interface, which maintains the familiar Encore experience that most fuel consumers know and regularly use. The touchscreen interface eliminates the need for softkeys, creating a modern feel that younger consumers expect.

Trade-Shows & Events

PFCS

PFCS

Our California Sales Team attended the Pacific Fuels & Convenience Summit in San Diego. The event was a huge success, with several good customers in attendance. Thanks to our booth crew, led by John Lees, and our sales roadies. And another thank you to our out-of-town visitors, Bob Mathews, Mike Meyer, Jim Moran, Katie Hughes, and Ruthie Carlo.​​​​​​​

APMA

APMA

We had the pleasure again of being one of the major sponsors at the annual APMA Scholarship Fund golf tournament. This is the major fundraising event for the scholarship fund and all those that participated seemed to have a great time. Over $80,000 was raised to go to the scholarship fund. Last year, APMA gave out twelve scholarships. Northwest Pump sponsored the “take a shot” hole this year. Players could shoot their ball with an air cannon to the green. It was a great time for all for a very good cause.

Hawaii Trade Show

hawaii trade show

In May, we finally held our long-awaited Hawaii Tradeshow and Customer Appreciation after having to postpone our event a number of times. It was nice to gather with customers and vendors. We have already received positive feedback from customers! Some customers, who were unable to attend because of conflicting engagements (like high school graduations), heard about our reception from others and have already asked when we plan to have another one.

This year, to supplement our tradeshow, we wanted to show our aloha to the vendors and sales representatives by hosting a traditional backyard barbeque (Hawaiian pa’ina). We were able to stake out a great spot at the local beach park next to the hotel. Overall, everyone had a great time networking and gathering information on products from our many supportive vendors.

Looking Ahead To 2023

We appreciate the support we have received from our customers, vendors, and employees over the past year. We are excited about 2023 and wish you all the best as we enter into the new year! In the meantime, if you need to contact us, email us at sales@nwpump.com, call us at 1-800-452-PUMP, or find your nearest location here.