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Oct 14, 2013 4:22 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

City: Grease Buildup to Blame for Sewage Overflow

CORPUS CHRISTI - This past weekend, about five manholes near the intersection on Yorktown and Cimarron overflowed with raw sewage. The city says grease is what caused that stinky mess.

The city says to get to a wastewater treatment plant, wastewater has to travel through about three to four different pump stations. The pump station at Yorktown and Cimarron is where the trouble was. What happened is too much grease was in the system. The grease covered the sensors that tells the pumps when the station is full of wastewater. So, instead of pushing the stinky water to the next station, it stayed and overflowed.

I'm told grease is a common problem in the wastewater system. The city says it can cause situations just like the overflow on Yorktown and Cimarron. The city says workers have to clean out the pump stations about once a month because of grease build up.

Now the city is asking for residents to help. They're asking people to not dump grease down your drain, and help avoid a situation like this past weekend's.

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