Pumps back open at West Columbia station after water found in it - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Pumps back open at West Columbia station after water found in its gas


Unleaded and mid-grade gasoline dispensers at A-One Express gas station in West Columbia are back open. 

WIS first told you about the station not being allowed to sell gasoline during its investigation Friday, once a Lexington man said he filled up his gas tank July 12 and hours later had engine problems. After taking his car to a mechanic, Daniel Jennings found out the majority of his gas had water in it. 

Jennings called the state's Department of Agriculture and WIS on July 27. That same day, inspectors took samples from the station's gas pumps. Those samples came back positive for water in the gas. The unleaded and mid-grade gas was not allowed to be sold from the station since July 29.

On Monday, employees with A-One Express took a sample of the gas to the agriculture department that did not have water in it. The state officials followed that by gathering their own sample from the gas station, which also passed the lab test and was clear of any water in the gas. The station has been allowed to sell both gasoline grades since 12:30 p.m. Monday. The other grades - 93 and diesel - never tested positive for water in the gas. 

WIS contacted the gas station owner for comment, but has not heard back. 

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