Workers have to clean out pipes at the lift station on a weekly basis. Waynesboro Sewer Department Director Mark Sondrol says most of the lines are clogged with grease.
“We have a power jet truck that will flush the lines and keep the grease out and we have lift stations that we check periodically through the week-we try to do it at least once a week to keep the problem of grease down.”
Although the sewer department is constantly cleaning the pipes, they're still reports of grease leaking through man holes on the street.
“If you have a stoppage in the lines, the manholes are the first place it comes out; it comes out at the lowest point and if you get a manhole that’s flush with the road, then you'll see a stoppage there.”
According to Sondrol, the backup of grease occurs in the pipes because it's being dumped by restaurants and homeowners who don't know the right way to get rid of their grease.
“To prevent something like this from happening, you need to educate your citizens and businesses not to pour your grease down the sink.”