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Cooking for the holidays? Defend your drains

Posted Nov. 16, 2018

drain instructions
When fats, oils and grease go down the drain, they harden and cause sewer pipes to clog.

To avoid household and environmental damage as well as a costly plumbing bill, never put fats, oils and grease down the drain.

Fats, oils and grease come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products and cooking oil. When these items go down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow where raw sewage backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets.

Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into a nearby stream or river, which affects drinking water. If pipes become clogged from putting fats, oils and grease down the drain, it can be a very expensive problem to fix.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments provided tips for handling fats, oils and grease during the busy holiday cooking time:

  • Reuse fry oil by filtering and freezing it after it has cooled.
  • Small amounts of grease, such as meat drippings, can be soaked up with a paper towel and thrown into the trash. If you have a larger amount of grease, let it cool, then pour or scrape the solidifying grease into a sturdy closed-lid container, like a coffee can, and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans and garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using the garbage disposal.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape or wipe off excess grease.
  • Don’t pour oil and grease down the drain. Don’t put food scraps down the drain.
  • Don’t rinse off oil and grease with hot water.

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Regional Transportation Council : 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; North Central Texas Council of Governments, First Floor, Transportation Council Room, 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union, First Floor, Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners: 5 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Intersection Improvements Basswood at U.S. 377 and Kroger Drive at U.S. 377 Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; Alliance United Methodist Church, 7904 Park Vista Blvd.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2018; James E. Guinn Building, First Floor, Pharma Fab Conference Room #116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Holiday Movie Night at North Tri Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 14, 2018; North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Dec. 15, 2018; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Mayor Betsy’s Jingle Bike & Ball: 10 a.m. Dec. 15, 2018; Chesapeake Plaza, 100 Pier 1 Plaza.

Trinity Metro Board of Directors: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2018; Intermodal Transportation Center, Second Floor, Community Room, 1001 Jones Street.
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Disciplinary Appeal of Three-Day Suspension of Roger Ballard: 9 a.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, Classroom #1134, 505 W. Felix Street.
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Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee Special Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Auditorium, 505 W. Felix Street.
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Christmas Social at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.

Holiday Breakfast and Bingo at Southwest Community Center: 10 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.

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