Stuff the Turkey, Not the Sewer

New Jersey American Water advises proper disposal of cooking
grease to protect home plumbing and sewers

VOORHEES, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The start of the holidays begins this Thursday with Thanksgiving, and
that means lots of cooking and eating. It also means that cooking fats,
oils and grease, if poured down the drain, can lead to sewer overflows
and, in the worst cases, cause sewer backups for homeowners.

Many of our favorite Thanksgiving foods contain fats, oils and grease —
including turkey, dressing, sauces, baked goods and dairy products.
Fats, oils and grease are sometimes poured down the sink or into garbage
disposals, but neither dishwashing detergents nor disposals are able to
properly break down these materials.

“It may seem like the most efficient way to dispose of oil and grease is
by pouring it down the drain, but these methods can wreak havoc on sewer
systems,” said Don Shields, vice president of Engineering for New Jersey
American Water. “We encourage our customers to follow these tips in
order to keep home plumbing and sewer system lines clear for a more
enjoyable holiday season.”

New Jersey American Water is encouraging its customers to use proper
methods to dispose of fats, oils and grease. The company offers the
following tips:

  • Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
  • Pour fats, oils and grease into an empty jar or coffee can. Allow the
    grease to cool and solidify, then throw the container in the trash.
  • Install baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps.
  • Scrape food scraps and grease from plates, pots and utensils into the

For more information about wastewater tips and treatment, check out the infographic
on the company’s website and Facebook

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the
largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing
high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 2.7 million people. More information can be found at
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically
diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.
Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs 6,700
dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million
people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found
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New Jersey American Water
Denise Venuti Free
Director of
Communications and External Affairs