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Grease In Sink Causing Sewage Problems In Greenbrier

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by Marcus Washington

GREENBRIER, Tenn. - A warning goes out to those who live in Greenbrier about the effects of FOG, not the pollution in the air, but the problems fats, oils and grease dumped down the drain cause to the city's sewer system.

In the back of a Greenbrier neighborhood, Sewer Technician Billy Williams showed NewsChannel 5 where his biggest problem lies.

"This is where we get 90% of our grease, from residential housing," said Williams.

Standing near one of the city's holding wells, where neighborhood sewage ends up, Williams said the problem they face throughout the city is the fats, oil and especially grease dumped down sinks and clogging up the sewer system across the city.

"The main thing we use this for is grease problems. We get a grease blockage in the main and we run it through it and basically bust it up and pull it out," said Williams.

To fix the sewage problem, a $65,000 jet vacuum machine is used to unclog pipes.

In a perfect world, Williams said the machine should last 15 years, but in just eight years, it's already wearing out.

"Last two years we put $25,000 back in it rebuilding the water pump, where it was over used," he said.

Residents may not realize, but every time they turn on the garbage disposal they could be contributing to the problem.

"Garbage disposal is the worst thing. Everybody puts food in there, grinds it up and we all know how much grease is in food, a lot," said Williams.

"And that's our number one nightmare as Billy was explaining to you," said Greenbrier mayor Billy Wilson.

Williams said dumping grease and other things down the drain is costing the city lots of money after the $1,000,000 repair to the city's sewer system in 2013. It currently costs $100,000 a year just to maintain these well stations and 90% of that is a grease problem.

"If they would just watch what they're doing and put it in the trash instead of the sink, which would be a very big help," added Williams.

In another attempt to remind Greenbrier water residents about the problem, twice a month a notice is posted in their water bill.

Any question can be addressed to Greenbrier City Hall at 615-643-4531.


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