Surrey has a grease problem, and Metro Vancouver is setting out to help clean it up.
The region has launched a campaign to help deter residents and businesses in the city from dumping grease down drains.
Utilities commission chair Darrell Mussatto says grease in sewers is a clogging issue which can hit residents in their own wallets.
“Many people don’t know that grease should not go down the sink. They put it with hot water and it dissolves. But as soon as that water cools, which is not far away from your home, it starts to solidify, starts to stick to the side of the pipes and block them. Residents can help save themselves money.”
Mussatto says crews have identified the Surrey as a region where potentially sewer-clogging grease is poured down kitchen sinks most frequently.
“Surrey’s got an area that they’ve had some particular problems with, so what they’ll do is remove the grease, they’ll put the education program in, and then they’ll measure afterwards certain pipes to see if it had any change in behaviour … to see if people stopped putting grease in those areas.”
He says removing grease from the sewer system is a problem that costs the region more than $2-million every year.
The campaign is encouraging residents to instead wipe their grease, and toss it in their green bins for composting.