Grease, baby wipes and diapers: Here’s how you’re causing a $3.4 million problem BY TIANA HEADLEY
After frying tostones or chicharrones, you might want to rethink pouring their grease down the kitchen drain. And after changing that diaper, you’re better off throwing those wipes in the trash — not down the toilet.
We pour things down the drain or flush them down the toilet every day without a thought about where they end up.
But after a while, that carelessness has turned into a problem — a $3.4 million-a-year problem.Every month, the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department pulls out 300 tons of wipes from its wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. Clearing and repairing clogged sewer lines and pumps cost thousands of dollars. The county is calling on its nearly 2.3 million consumers not to treat their drains and toilets like trash cans and only flush the three P’s: pee, poop and (toilet) paper.