Water mixed with gas costing drivers hundreds of dollars

Published: Mar. 12, 2019 at 8:18 PM CDT
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Over the weekend, several Omaha driver's cars broke down that all had one thing in common. They had all bought gas from the Casey's General Store on 144th St.

"I didn't know what was going on with my car, I was scared it was going to blow up because I didn't know what was happening it was just chugging." Said pizza delivery driver Nicole Masters, who had pumped gas right before going on a run.

She only made it a few minutes down the road before her car stalled. A few days later she saw others posting on Facebook about contaminated gas.

"I looked up what happens to a car when there's water in the gas and everything that the internet said is what had happened to my car." Said, Masters.

Mechanic Steve Bertagni said water getting into a gas reservoir is an anomaly.

"Your pits, for the most part, should not have the ability for water to get into them so unless you have a tank issue it's pretty rare that you would literally pump water into your car." Said Bertagni.

Bertagni said if it does happen, the water probably got in through a fault in the underground pit.

When this anomaly does happen, it's expensive.

"Depending on how much work it takes to pull the tank and change the filter and stuff you'll easily have a couple of hundred dollars even as high as three, it really just depends." Said Bertagni.

Casey's General Store took ownership of the location the day before the problem came up. In a statement, they said once the issue was recognized they closed the pump, removed the contaminated gas and have since reopened it.

If you had to pay for car repairs due to contaminated gas from Casey's General Store on 144th St. you can either email them at mindy.brincks@casey.com or call them at 515-956-6163 and they will reimburse you.