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Stuff the Turkey, Not the Sewer

Preparing and eating a delicious holiday meal brings mirth to all, but it can also bring some unpleasant results – besides a bulging waist line. Improperly disposing of the grease, oil and fat left behind by a family feast can lead to sewer overflows and in the worst cases, cause sewer backups for homeowners.

New Jersey American Water is encouraging its customers to use proper methods to dispose of waste that builds up and solidifies in sewer pipes, restricting the flow of wastewater. The company offers the following tips:

  • Do not pour grease into sinks or toilets
  • Allow grease to cool, use a rubber scraper to place it in a sealed container, and then dispose of it in the trash
  • Install baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps
  • Garbage disposals don’t break down grease; neither do dish washing detergents

“Getting rid of oil and grease by pouring it down the down or flushing it, may seem like efficient ways of disposal, but that can wreak havoc on sewer systems,” said Steve Tambini, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water. “We encourage our customers to follow these tips in order to keep the sewer lines clear and have an enjoyable holiday season.”

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting


New Jersey American Water
Richard G. Barnes, 856-782-2371

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