Keep Fats, Grease Out of the Sink, Local Utility Asks

MECHANICSBURG PA – The trimmings that come with your Thanksgiving turkey, and even the cooked bird itself, are likely to be brimming with fat, oils, and grease. To prevent clogged pipes and sewer system backups, don’t pour those liquids down the kitchen drain, Pennsylvania American Water asked its customers Monday (Nov. 21, 2022).

The utility in part serves Lower Pottsgrove, Royersford, Douglassville, Birdsboro, and Norristown.

Fats, oils, and grease emptied into a drain can adhere to the insides of pipes over time. Neither dish washing detergents or garbage disposals can properly break down those materials, company Vice President of Operations Jim Runzer said.

Besides, some detergents that claim to dissolve grease may simply pass it down the line and cause problems in other parts of the wastewater system, the company added.

Yes, it acknowledged, there’s a better alternative. “Allow the grease to cool, and use a rubber scraper to remove the fat, oil, and grease from cookware, plates, utensils, and cooking surfaces. Then place the grease in a sealed container and dispose of it in the trash.”

One other suggestion, it said, is to “install baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps.” Then empty them into the garbage, too.

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