Frequently Asked Questions
No. There are several reasons why disposing of cooking grease down the drain is a bad idea:
- Even if you use hot water to wash it down, once the water cools down in your sewer pipe, that grease will solidify and coat the pipe. This will eventually clog your pipe and possibly cause a sewage back-up into your home.
- If a lot of grease gets into the sewer system, the lines get restricted causing the wastewater to go septic giving off a rotten-egg odor. Grease can also dissolve concrete in the system. Grease in the sewer system increases risk of having sewage back-ups in many homes.
- Once grease gets to the treatment plant, it is very difficult to treat and ends up causing unwanted problems at the plant.
Please note: All restaurants in the City of Hailey are required to have a grease trap installed and maintained so our major source of grease is residential.
Dispose grease in the trash.
No. Do not dump antifreeze, motor oil, or other car fluids into the sewer system. These fluids are toxic to the organisms at the plant that are used to treat the wastewater.
Contact your local service station about where you can dispose of these items. Ohio Gulch Transfer Station will take small amounts of motor oil only.
Do not flush:
- dental floss
- paper towels
- wipes - including "flushable wipes"
- anything not intended for the toilet
Do not flush these items.
Do not put these items down a drain.
They get wrapped around components in the wastewater system, cause blockages, and must be removed manually, which - trust us - is no fun.
Dispose of these items in the trash, please.
The property owner is responsible for maintenance from the home/business to the main sewer line, including the connection at the main-line pipe.
The city is responsible for maintaining the main sewer lines.
The City of Hailey uses this truck to maintain the sewer lines. With it, we clean out the sewer lines on a regular basis and vacuum out any material blocking the lines such as tree roots, rocks, grease, etc.
Yes! If you would like a tour, please call 208-578-2211, ext. 2, to set up a time. We only need a couple days advance notice.
Teachers of all grade levels are encouraged to bring their science classes.
We would like everyone in the city to come see what we do at the plant!