SAWS News: What Lurks Below? Make Sure It’s Not Grease or Wipes!
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 678.4'
10/16/18 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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What Lurks Below? Make Sure It’s Not Grease or Wipes!

imageSnakes, and mice and roaches — oh my! These creepy critters might make your skin crawl, but it’s actually not uncommon to find them inside San Antonio Water System pipes when we use camera-toting robots to inspect sewer lines.

But the real horror is when we come across items that have no business being down there, such as basketballs, stuffed animals, toy cars, and even concrete and logs./p>

These objects — which usually end up in our pipes after being flushed down the toilet (yes, really) or discarded through manhole openings — can cause nasty sewage back-ups.

However, the most common culprit is grease and oily food waste from pots and pans.

“Instead of trying to rinse fats, oils and grease from dishes, we recommend scraping them off with a paper towel, and disposing of it in the trash,” said Donovan Burton, vice president, water resources and governmental relations.

Another big troublemaker: so-called “flushable” wipes that don’t actually dissolve. These toilet-choking towelettes can clump together with grease and oily food leftovers to jam up sewer pipes, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The next time you’re cleaning up after a meal, don’t forget to scrape the grease off of pots and pans into the trash. And remember: no matter what the product packaging says, only the three Ps are truly flushable: pee, poo and (toilet) paper.

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