Cutting the grease out of Greensboro pipes

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- City of Greensboro Water Resources is reminding homeowners not to throw their cooking grease, oil and fat down the drain in order to avoid sewage overflows.

Their campaign to remind homeowners and restaurants to dispose of the excess grease and oil correctly may help cut down on the number of  sewage overflows.

Greensboro Water Resource Supervisor Patrick Smith said it doesn't take long before excess oil drainage can crowd the average eight inch sewer pipe.

"A lot of homeowners don't realize that grease, although its liquid, when they pour in down the drain, solidifies when it hits the system and we have to spend quite a bit of money to buy equipment to clean the lines out," Smith said.

There are five vac trucks worth $300,000 that the city uses to flush pipes and suck out excess debris.

So far, there have been 88 sewage overflows in the city of Greensboro with 41 percent  of them caused by grease. In 2012, there were 73 overflows. 52 percent of them were caused by grease.

Smith said the best way to dispose of excess kitchen grease, fat and oil is to put it in a container and throw it in the trash.