The Gloucester Department of Public Works is asking residents for help in keeping fats, oil, and grease from building up in the city’s sewer system. A message that went out to residents earlier this month, and is posted on the city’s website (www.gloucester-ma.gov), noted that “blockages can result in sanitary sewer overflows that pollute the environment and damage properties,” and can be eliminated by taking some simple steps. Residents are asked to never pour fats, etc., down the sink, garbage disposal, or toilet, and instead put the material (after it is cooled) into a container to be secured and placed in the trash. The message also recommends washing and scraping pots and pans, putting strainers in sink drains to catch food solids, and minimizing the use of garbage disposals, which do not keep grease out of the plumbing system.

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