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City reminding residents not clog drains with grease

The City of Red Deer reminds residents to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease.

The notice comes after a weekend incident where a Riverside Meadows home’s sewer line backed up and the cause was found to be excess grease and oil.

“It was unfortunate, but could have easily been prevented,” said Barry Brookes of Environmental Services.

“Pouring fats, oils and grease down the drain can block the main sewer lines, as well as those on private property.”

Fats, oils and grease should be stored in a disposable container and discarded with other garbage. Hot water and soap won’t remove drained fats from sewer pipes and due to the cold, fat in in-ground lines solidifies and can build up enough to cause blockages.

Brookes said anything draining down sinks, toilets and storm drains also impacts the environment.

 
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