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Avoid costly repair bills, "Can the Grease" this holiday season

MIAMI (November 21, 2016)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) would like to remind you this holiday season not to dispose cooking grease or oil down your kitchen drain. In doing so, you’ll help protect the environment and avoid a potentially costly repair bill.

Grease and oil poured into a kitchen or other drain, even a toilet, can harden inside your home’s plumbing pipes. This can lead to a clog and sewage backing up into your home -something nobody wants at any time, let alone during the holidays. If the blockage in your pipes is bad enough, you may have to call someone to your home for a costly repair that can become even more expensive if it has to be done on a holiday.

Even if it clears your residential sewer line, a build-up will occur in WASD’s infrastructure that can cause larger scale sewer line breaks or area pump stations to fail, which would impact large areas of communities. During a 12-month period, WASD recorded 633 blockages from improper items being disposed of down drains or flushed down toilets that resulted in nearly $450,000 in labor and equipment repairs.

“WASD is in the midst of a 15-20-year Capital Improvement Program that will improve and or replace thousands of miles of pipes, pump stations and treatment plants,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “We are asking to partner with our customers to make a few minor changes to their routines at home and at the office that will have a tremendous impact to our infrastructure that will lengthen its life span and increase its service capacity to you.”

Sola advises residents to not empty oil or grease into the kitchen sink, even if you have a waste disposal system. Instead, pour your used grease and oil into a metal can or a heat resistant oven bag, let it cool a few minutes, and then throw it in the trash. To further reduce the amount of grease that enters the home’s pipes, scrape or wipe as much food as possible off dishes and pans before putting them to wash in the sink or dishwasher.

For more information on how to “Can the Grease,” and to find out what not to flush, download the flyer.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit