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Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain!

Hillsboro, OR — December, 1 2005 — This holiday season think twice before you dump that turkey grease down your sink. Grease-clogged pipes are the number one cause of messy sewer back-ups and overflows in our homes.

Your local sewer utility is fed up with the fat and is offering a free grease kit to help homeowners fight the battle of bulge. Armed with a can lid, grease scraper and easy-to-follow information card, Clean Water Services and Washington County Cities are helping residents “Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain!.”

Residents can call (503) 681-3678 to request their “Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain!” bilingual kit which includes the can lid, grease scraper and simple instructions to:

1. Scrape grease and food scraps into a can.
2. Freeze it.
3. Toss the can into the trash.

“Just because fats, oils, and grease are mostly liquid, doesn’t mean they glide through your drains like water. They stick to sewer pipe walls creating layers of buildup—similar to cholesterol accumulating in our arteries,” said Karen DeBaker, Public Information Specialist for Clean Water Services.

When grease goes down the drain, the pinch is not only in your pipes, but your wallet as well. With waste unable to leave your property, messy sewer backups occur resulting in expensive cleanup and repair in your home. As a double whammy, the untreated wastewater may flow into the street, neighborhood storm drains and ultimately the nearest river or stream. “It then becomes a problem for the surrounding communities and the environment,” commented DeBaker.

Clean Water Services is water resource management utility for nearly 500,000 people in urban Washington County and small portions of Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Lake Oswego, and Portland. Clean Water Services operates four wastewater treatment facilities, constructs and maintains flood management and water quality projects, and manages flow in the Tualatin River to improve water quality and protect fish habitat. Although Clean Water Services maintains a close working relationship with Washington County government, it is a separately managed and financed public utility.

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Karen DeBaker
Public Information Specialist
Clean Water Services
(503) 681-3643

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