Don't pour your turkey fat down the sink

Tewkesbury Admag: Don't pour your turkey fat down the sink Don't pour your turkey fat down the sink

TURKEYS, roast potatoes and pigs-in-blankets could cause misery to thousands of Severn Trent customers as Christmas cooks pour fats, oils and greases down the sink and toilet.

The water company spend millions of pounds each year sending teams of people down the sewers to clear out fat blockages, but this year they are asking households not to send it down the drain.

Scott Burgin, who has 20 years experience in dealing with sewer blockages, said there was a lot of extra fat to deal with at Christmas.

He said: “Festive cooking means that a lot of extra fat, oil and grease ends up clogging up our sewers, jamming up pumps, and wreaking havoc at our sewage treatment works. And on Christmas Day, our teams are at work, cleaning out blocked sewers to stop our customers from having sewer flooding ruining the big event.”

Most people assume that if the oils are washed down the sink with hot soapy water that they will not cause a problem, but not far down the pipe it cools and begins to harden and build up. The company is asking people wipe out any greasy pans with a bit of kitchen roll, and put it in the bin or to pour large amounts of left over cooking grease into a pot or jar with a lid, or into a fat traps.

“Having sewage flooding inside your home due to sewers being blocked is one of the most horrible things that can happen to you, and we don’t want our customers to suffer in this way, particularly at Christmas, as it’s entirely preventable,” Mr Burgin added.

Any problems with slow drains or blocked sewers which is Severn Trent’s responsibility, can be reported by visiting stwater.co.uk or by calling 0800 7834444.

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10:26am Tue 24 Dec 13

RobertMWest says...

I'm alright, I'm having Duck!
I'm alright, I'm having Duck! RobertMWest

10:54am Tue 24 Dec 13

nevermindeh says...

Simple way of disposing fat is to let it cool then pour it into leak proof plastic bag,tie it closed and put it in the freezer and bin it when frozen,preferable on the day bin collection is due. No big deal,very simple.
Simple way of disposing fat is to let it cool then pour it into leak proof plastic bag,tie it closed and put it in the freezer and bin it when frozen,preferable on the day bin collection is due. No big deal,very simple. nevermindeh

11:52am Tue 24 Dec 13

New Kid on the Block says...

If you have any stale bread use it to soak up the fat then feed it to the birds. Preferably with some seeds and berries mixed in as well.
If you have any stale bread use it to soak up the fat then feed it to the birds. Preferably with some seeds and berries mixed in as well. New Kid on the Block

11:53am Tue 24 Dec 13

pinkfluff says...

Good job I pay them a shed full of cash every month then lol.

I don't eat meat.....justsayingl
ike
Good job I pay them a shed full of cash every month then lol. I don't eat meat.....justsayingl ike pinkfluff

5:54pm Tue 24 Dec 13

(LATS) says...

This is why I pay water rates.
I enjoy pouring anything I can down the sewer, including engine oil, cooking fats and oils and other chemicals. :D
This is why I pay water rates. I enjoy pouring anything I can down the sewer, including engine oil, cooking fats and oils and other chemicals. :D (LATS)

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