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Columbia officials issue reminder about what goes down drains

Town of Columbia officials remind residents that grease dumped down sinks and drains causes sewer overflows. “Most of the sewer backups and overflows that we see are the result of grease,” according to wastewater operator Kenneth Coleson.

Grease in the sewer system causes problems for residents and businesses, but also causes problems at the town’s wastewater transfer and treatments locations. It builds up at these locations causing pumps to overheat and limiting sewer flow. “This costs money and puts an unnecessary strain on the wastewater system,” Coleson says.

Officials ask residents to put oil and grease in collection containers, as well as remove oil and grease from kitchen utensils, equipment and food preparation areas with scrapers, disposable towels and brooms. “Keep grease out of wash water and place food scraps in collection containers,” stated a press release from the town.

“Residents are cautioned to not pour oil and grease down drains or to wash fryers, griddles, pots, pans and plates with water until all oil and grease are removed,” the release continued. “Also do not use hot water to rinse off surfaces or put food scraps down drains.”

“Remember that grease is your drain’s worst enemy,” Coleson says.

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