DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- DeKalb County officials are encouraging residents to refrain from dumping cooking byproducts down the drain, citing the negative impacts butter and grease have on the sewer system.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday (http://bit.ly/10ezFQt) reported there have been 871 raw sewage spills in the county over the past five years, and grease was identified as a factor in seven out of every 10 spills.
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 ordered the county to spend $700 million on sewer upgrades. The county is now working on a $1.35 billion upgrade to its sewer system, which is expected to take eight years to complete.
Since beginning a community outreach effort on the issue, the county has seen a 38 percent drop through October in the number of sewage spills since last year.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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12/25/2012 1:29:49 PM (GMT -5:00)