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Dangers of grease filled pipes

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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

Clean water is something the city of Albany is always striving for and with Thanksgiving coming up the supply could be in danger if residents do not dispose of food grease properly.

"Everybody thinks they're just going to pour a little bit down the drain but everyone else pours a little bit down it all accumulates in the system and can really cause backups and lots of problems," Owner of Black Water Management John Dupre said.

 He feels it's important for people to understand the consequences of pouring oils down the sink because it creates more of a problem than just clogged pipes, it can also flow back into the home, onto streets or into neighboring water systems.

Dupre continues, "If you think about it, possibly, you've got your animals drinking out of ponds, lakes, streams that are contaminated with septic."

If you do run into a problem Dupre recommends not to use additives.

"Basically don't try to clean your pipes out yourself to get the grease out, leave it to professionals, they're professionally done with just pure water," Dupre shares.

Although it's a fairly quick process it requires a lot of fuel and manpower. The easiest way to prevent headaches this holiday is to take a few steps when disposing oils, that means after cooking don't wash your pans with hot water instead let it solidify and then throw it away in a container. In the end this will help cut costs for you and your city.

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