August is National Water Quality Month and the Hamilton County WWTA is starting the month by encouraging customers to take steps to keep water and wastewater systems healthy.
The WWTA has been repairing and replacing failed or failing lines throughout its service areas to improve efficiency and system reliability. The organization also implemented the Sewer System Evaluation Survey program that helps locate and reduce storm water entering the wastewater system as well as detect defects, blockages and capacity problems.
The WWTA is asking customers to assist by keeping fats, oils and grease out of pipes from their homes or apartments. Residents are encouraged to collect their used cooking oil in a can or jar and simply toss the containers into the trash when full. “This small step assists in keeping pipelines from becoming clogged,” said WWTA Executive Director Mark Harrison. “Clogged pipes can lead to backups and visits from plumbers to clean the lines. This small step saves pipelines and money and assists us with our mission of maintaining clean water and protecting the environment.
“We’ve developed long term plans to improve our wastewater system and will soon begin implementation. There’s a great deal of work to be done; however, with the support of our professionals and residents taking small steps to assist, we look forward to keeping water and our environment safe and clean for generations to come—and that’s something to celebrate during National Water Quality Month.”