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Fats, oils, and greases aren't just bad for your arteries and your waistline; they're bad for sewers, too. Where does the grease come from?

  • Meat fats
  • Shortening
  • Baking goods
  • Lard
  • Butter and margarine
  • Sauces
  • Cooking oil
  • Food scraps
  • Dairy product

Too often, grease is washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. Grease
sticks to the insides of pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, the grease can
build up and block the entire pipe.
The results can be:

  • Raw sewage overflowing in your home or your neighbor's home;
  • An expensive and unpleasant cleanup that must be paid for by you, the homeowner;
  • Raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards, and streets;
  • Potential contact with disease-causing organisms.

What can you do to help? The easiest way to solve the grease problem is to keep grease out of the sewer system. There are several ways to do this.

  • Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
  • Scrape grease and food scraps from plates, pots, pans, utensils and grills into a can or the trash for disposal.
  • Do not put grease down the garbage disposal. Put baskets/strainers in the sink drains to catch solids and empty into the trash.

For more information, please contact the Pubic Works/Water Utilities Division at 972-466-3425.

Last updated: 7/24/2009 2:27:55 PM