North Carolina City Says No to Grease in Sewers
In Reidsville, North Carolina, they’re cutting out the fat. The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing officials to crack down on restaurants that let fats, oils and grease get into the sewage system.
City officials said the problem is largely residential. By targeting commercial businesses, they hope to keep what’s been a minor issue from becoming bigger.
In December 2013, about 21,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Lick Fork Creek because of a buildup of grease and baby wipes that clogged the city’s pipes.
So far, that’s been the only major incident.
The new ordinance allows city officials to fine local restaurants up to $10,000 depending on the violation, which can range from sewer blockage to failure to have a grease trap.
Of the 84 restaurants and cafeterias in the city, 33 don’t have grease traps.
Installing a Drain Strainer can help commercial kitchen operators filter their 3 compartment sinks and prevent food solids from clogging their pipes.