Emptying cooking grease and other oils down kitchen sinks can be tough on household plumbing and even damage sewer lines, according to the Perris-based Eastern Municipal Water District, which Wednesday urged customers to find alternate ways of getting rid of Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.
Cooking dish and dinner plate slop can permanently damage dishwashers and sinks, causing sewage lines to rupture, leading to spills in the street that are expensive to repair, according to the EMWD.
The agency recommended that fats, oils and grease be poured into metal containers or cans and tossed into trash bins. Customers were additionally urged to clear the damaging substances from pots, pans and dishes before washing them in the sink, and to deposit food scraps in trash receptacles — not shove them down the sink.
The EMWD also asked customers not to put egg shells, coffee grounds and non-organic materials into drains because they, too, can cause damage.
More information on proper disposal is available at www.emwd.org/SewerSmart.
“If we all do our part and responsibly dispose of fats, oils and grease, we can help protect our wastewater collection system and keep the sewers flowing,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “EMWD appreciates the partnership of all its customers, not just during the holiday season, but every day throughout the year.”