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I accidentally spilled about 1/2 cup of gasoline in my bathtub drain (maybe a bit more, but no more than a cup).
I have had the water running for about 30 minutes now.
Is there anything else I should be doing?  I can only find information online pertaining to large spills.

Hello Beth

While a very small amount, any release of a toxic/flammable substance into the "storm Water" or "Sewage systems" Can be dangerous and should be reported.
I would go to my local fire station and tell them of the situation. As you know, water and gasoline do not mix. Gasoline will "Float" on top of the water wherever it has gone and may or may not cause a problem.
Your local fire department will know what to do in this case.



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