Cooking Habits May Lead to Buildup Says BPUB

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If you cook at home you may be contributing to a sanitary hazard and may not be aware of a buildup problem.

Fats, oils and grease, or fog, is a problem that happens that not many are aware of. Earlier this year Brownsville PUB started a campaign to explain what it is all about.

BPUB Communications Coordinator Ryan Greenfeld says, “After cooking, they’re going to go and simply dump it into their sink. Ultimately it is going to go into our pipes, then to our system.”

The result can be dangerous. Pipes clog up and harden inside pipes. Wastewater accumulates and will eventually go out. Here is a look at a lift station that has accumulated grease. And even though there is regular cleaning, this is a problem for everyone nationwide.

 “When there is a sever clog. Maybe it won’t be on our pipe. It could be in your home’s pipe. Regardless when there is a sanitary sewer overflow and it’s going to go the path of least resistance,” said Greenfeld.

Businesses have regulations that prevent fats, oils and grease from hitting the sewer, but close to 80% of residue accumulates due to residential use.

If untreated, sewer water may end up backing up in your home, yard, or streets. How do we prevent this build up from happening?

Greenfeld says,  “Let the material cool down after cooking and then put in a can, or some other receptacle and throw it away rather than dump it into the sink.”

If you hear an alarm coming from a nearby lift station, please contact BPUB or local utilities board.

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