|Houston Public Works reminds the community to “Protect Our Pipes” this holiday season to help prevent sanitary sewer overflows. Sewer overflows happen when untreated wastewater backs up into our streets and/or homes. More than 70% of sewer overflows in Houston are caused by clogs from grease and wipes. Houston Public Works is asking the community to do their part to prevent them from happening.
Houston Public Works responds to nearly twice as many sewer overflows due to blockages caused by grease during the holiday season. Fats, oils, and grease poured down the sink and wipes flushed down the toilet are the main cause of sewer overflows.
The “Protect Our Pipes” campaign asks the community to put oils & grease in the trash, and to only flush the “3 P’s” – pee, poo, and toilet paper. Neighbors can properly dispose of grease by following three steps:
– Pour leftover fats, oils & grease into a container
– Cool it
– Toss the container into the trash