How Many Gallons Are Equal to One Ton?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 11:14:06 AM ET
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There are slightly more than 240 gallons in 1 ton of water. A ton is equal to 2,000 pounds and each gallon is composed of 8.33 pounds; a gallon measures the amount of liquid volume of a substance while a ton measures the true weight of a substance.


To find the amount of gallons that are in a ton of water, it is important to note how many pounds are in a gallon. Since there are 8.33 pounds in a gallon, and there are 2,000 pounds in a ton, the equation is as simple as dividing the 2,000 pounds by 8.33 pounds. The answer will vary depending on the type and volume of liquid that is being measured; a ton of a thicker substance will often measure much differently than a ton of water.

It is important to note that the gallons and tons that are being measured in these equations are the United States examples. The metric system also has measurements for a gallon and for a tonne, but these are somewhat different than the versions of the gallon and ton in the U.S. The most common liquid in the U.S. that uses the conversion of gallons to tons is gasoline. It is purchased commercially in tons and is then sold to consumers for the use in automobiles by the gallon.