Can the Grease After Cooking this Holiday Season!

WSSC Launches Can the Grease Public Education Campaign

| News Release



LAUREL, MD – November 21, 2016: Thanksgiving week is here, kicking off the holiday season, but as family and friends gather, there’s one guest you want to keep away…the plumber!

As the family cooks hit the kitchen, WSSC reminds you to Can, Cool and Toss any leftover cooking oil or grease. The last thing anybody wants to deal with this holiday season is an overflowing kitchen sink or a flooded basement caused by clogged pipes. NEVER DUMP leftover cooking oil or grease down the drain. Instead, just Can the Grease!

Remember: running hot water after pouring grease down a drain will NOT help.

  • Fats, oils and grease (FOG) that go down the drain will eventually harden inside sewer pipes of homes and the WSSC system.
  • FOG can lead to costly, smelly and messy basement back-ups and sewer overflows; they’re bad for the environment and your bank account!
  • More than 40 percent of all sewer overflows nationwide are caused by grease.

This holiday season keep that plumber away by following these easy steps: Can It! Cool It! Toss It!

Media Note: B-roll of grease inside pipes is available for download here. WSSC personnel are also available for interviews.

Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation. We proudly serve the 1.8 million residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, providing life’s most precious resource. WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.


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