Fats and Oils Poured Down Kitchen Sink Can Cause Blockages in our Sewer System

Published: 22nd May 2024

Pouring fats and oils down the kitchen sink can cause blockages in the sewer system? This can result in expensive clean-up bills and even sewage overflows.

Weipa Town Authority is urging residents to dispose of fats and oils correctly to assist with preventing sewer blockages caused by fat build-up. Incorrect disposal of fats and oils, including pouring them down the kitchen sink or drain, can cause them to solidify and stick to the walls of the sewer pipes, eventually leading to blockages.

To prevent blockages and overflows, WTA is reminding residents to dispose of fats and oils correctly. The recommended method is to pour leftover fats and oils into a can or jar  seal it with a lid and place them in the garbage bin. Residents are also advised to avoid putting other items like tea leaves, coffee grounds, and food scraps down the sink, as they can also contribute to blockages.

By following these simple steps, we can all do our part in protecting the sewer network and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for everyone,