VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta city officials are reminding residents not to pour fats, oils, and grease down their drain.
Friday night, utility crews had to remove a large grease blockage from a sewer pipe in the 2400 block of Bemiss Road. The blockage caused about 300 gallons of waste water to overflow into nearby Two Mile Branch Creek.
The utilities director said they send out reminders to residents to think before they pour every time they have a situation like this in hopes of preventing it from happening again.
"We'll go out and we'll put door knockers on. It gives tips about taking your grease or waste oil, whatever, and putting them in a container. Let it cool off, put it in a container, throw it in the trash. Don't dump it down the drain," emphasized Henry Hicks, Valdosta Utilities Director.
The utilities department is also checking in with restaurants in that area to make sure they're getting their grease pumped out regularly.