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Protect Your Pipes and the Environment

With the holiday season officially kicking off for the Thanksgiving holiday, many Tuolumne County residents will be busy cooking in their kitchens.  To avoid potential plumbing and sewer disasters, Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD), would like to remind residents to avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidify in the pipes and create clogs.  Sewer blockages can cause backups into homes resulting in an unpleasant mess that can cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to clean up.

Listed below are tips to help you avoid a plumbing emergency this holiday season and to ensure proper disposal of waste fats, oil and grease:

  • Avoid pouring fats or vegetable cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidfy in the pipes and create clogs.
  • After grease has cooled, scrape the grease into a container with a tight fitting lid, solidify in the refrigerator before putting it in the trash.
  • Never put hard to grind items in your garbage disposal, including poultry skins, egg shells, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp, banana peels or pasta.

For more information on the best way to dispose of fats, oils and grease,
stop by TUD’s office at 18885 Nugget Blvd., in Sonora for a free informational brochure.

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