No Grease Down the Sink / No Wipes Down the Pipes

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No Grease Down the Sink

Grease is a byproduct of cooking. It comes from meat, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces and dairy products.

What’s the Problem?

When grease washes down the sink, it sticks to the insides of the pipes. Eventually, the grease can build up until it completely blocks sewer pipes. That can create expensive maintenance problems and can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or business, or overflow into streets and streams.

How Can You Help?
  • Don’t pour grease down sink drains or toilets.
  • Scrape grease into the trash.
  • Or, pour grease into steel cans, let it harden, and throw in the trash.

No Wipes Down the Pipes

Wipes, cloths, and rags are being found in sanitary sewers at an ever increasing rate. Many of these products are labeled as flushable, but while they may clear the toilet, they will most likely cause problems downstream.

What’s the Problem?

Wet wipes, cloths, and rags don’t actually break down the way toilet paper does, and can block pipes, cause mechanical problems at pump stations or treatment plants, and pollute the environment.

How Can You Help?

Do Flush

  • Toilet Paper
  • Human Waste

Don’t Flush

  • Disposable diapers, baby wipes and nursing pads
  • Facial wipes
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Condoms and tampons
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Paper towels

WHCRWA Documentary Video

The West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) has created a comprehensive new documentary video addressing the progress to secure a long-term water supply featuring the following:

  • Interviews with members of our partnership teams
  • In-depth discussions about where our water will come from in the future and how we will pay for it
  • Current and future cost estimates and rate analysis
  • Questions and Answers.

Please see below for the link to the video.

Update 9/7/17 at 3:00 pm

Savannah Estates residents are now able to flush toilets, take quick showers, hand wash dishes in the sink, and use indoor drains for personal hygiene. Please continue to refrain from laundry washing and dishwasher usage, to avoid surging the system.

All other District customers may resume normal sanitary sewer usage, however, please continue to observe the once per day laundry washing and dishwasher usage. We are working expeditiously to repair flooded sewer treatment plant facilities and equipment.

Your drinking water remains safe to consume.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.