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Grease is a Problem

In the sewage collection and treatment business grease is singled out for special attention because of its poor solubility in water and its tendency to separate from the liquid solution.

Oil and grease in the wastewater causes trouble in the collection system pipes. Cooking grease coats pipelines much like fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the insides of the pipe, building up over time, and eventually causing a blockage and potential costly sewer spill.

Grease in warm liquid may not appear harmful. Pouring hot water and detergent down the drain only breaks up grease temporarily. As the liquid cools, the grease or fat hardens and causes nauseous mats on the surface of the settling tanks, digesters, and the interior of pipes and other surfaces which may cause a shutdown of wastewater treatment units. Discharges of substances that may cause harm to the sewer pipes or sewage treatment plant and equipment may be in violation of the Code of the Town of Denton.

By following a few simple steps, you can help prevent costly sewer blockages and spills.

DO NOT

Dump cooking oil, salad oil, meat drippings, bacon fat, or greasy leftovers into the kitchen sink or toilet.

DO NOT

Use hot water and soap to wash grease down the drain, because it will harden in your pipes or in the sewer line.

DO

Place cooled cooking oil, salad oil, meat drippings, bacon fat, or greasy leftovers in a nonrecyclable package and discard with your regular trash.

DO

Use paper towels to wipe residual grease or oil off of dishes, pots, and pans before washing or placing in the dishwasher.

ALWAYS

Put fat trimmings from meat, cooking grease containers, and greasy towels in a plastic bag before disposing of them in your trash can.

You are responsible for what you put down your drain. Should grease from your home clog a Town sewer main, you could be liable for any costs incurred for any repairs

For more information go to www.mde.state.md.us.

Town of Denton Department of Public Works, 650 Legion Road, Denton MD 21629 Phone: 410-479-5446 Fax: 410-479-5447

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