Can The Grease This Holiday Season

Can it, Cool it, Throw it Away

| News Release



Laurel – November 17, 2014: It’s that time of the year when we are all thinking about time off and holiday dinners! During this festive season, WSSC wants to remind everyone, especially those in charge of cooking, to take the leftover grease and Can it, Cool it and Throw it Away! DO NOT dump it down the drain.

  • Fats, oils and grease (FOG) that go down the drain will eventually harden inside sewer pipes.
  • FOG can lead to costly and messy basement back-ups and sewer overflows which are bad for the environment.
  • More than 40% of all sewer overflows nationwide are caused by grease.

As you enjoy a perfectly cooked turkey and time with family and friends, the last thing you want to worry about is a clogged kitchen sink or sewage backing up into your basement.

Even if you run hot water after dumping grease down the drain, the grease will eventually cool and accumulate inside your pipes or our pipes. Over a period of time, the build-up of hardened grease restricts the flow of wastewater and causes blockages that may result in expensive basement backups or overflowing manholes. The wastewater that overflows can get into creeks and streams that ultimately lead to the Chesapeake Bay, posing a health and environmental hazard. This holiday season help WSSC spread the word.

This holiday season help WSSC spread the word. Pour cooled grease into a can (a soup can works great) and throw it in the trash! Email us at and we’ll send you a rubber lid you can use to can your grease. You can also visit to see videos and to find more information on keeping our pipes free from harmful blockages.


For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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