Properly Disposal of Fat, Oil and Grease this Holiday Season

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BRYN MAWR, PA — Aqua is reminding customers that they play a role in ensuring their local wastewater system operates properly, from the pipes that run from their homes and businesses to the treatment plant itself.

This holiday season, Aqua is encouraging customers to watch its new video featuring easy tips for the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease. Recommendations include:

  • Never pour cooking grease down sink drains or into toilets.
  • If homeowners have leftover cooking grease, carefully pour the warm, not hot, grease into a metal can, wait for it to cool, and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Keep strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids.
  • Scrape food scraps and grease into a trash can.

Garbage disposals do not keep fat, oil and grease out of plumbing systems or prevent clogs. While these items go down the drain as liquids, they solidify and, over time, can completely block pipes and cause raw sewage backups in homes and overflows in streets.

Aqua is also reminding customers to dispose of wipes, even those labeled flushable, in the trash instead of flushing them. Wipes, tissues and napkins do not break down and can cause backups in household plumbing and larger blockages in wastewater collection systems.

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