"Can the Grease"
During the upcoming holiday cooking season, we would like to remind our customers to be thankful for their hardworking pipes by remembering to â€œCan the Grease.â€ While it may seem harmless to pour your used oil down the drain, dumping any amount of cooking oil into the sink can damage pipes and harm our environment. Grease clings to pipe walls in small particles that latch on to each other, leading to massive clogs over time â€“ in your kitchen sink and our collection system pipelines.
To Protect Our Pipes
"Can the Grease" by following these simple steps: can it, cool it, throw it away.
Here are some handy tips:
Special Note for Turkey Frying Oil: Used cooking oil in a closed container is accepted year-round at the Cityâ€™s free monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. It is recommended that you designate a container for the used oil before starting your turkey-fry, and carefully transfer the oil immediately after it has cooled. Seal the container immediately and schedule your appointment to drop it off at a HHW event as soon as possible to avoid spoilage.
After cooling, pour or scrape all fats, oils and grease into a metal can or glass jar, and seal with a lid.
Throw away immediately or keep the container in the refrigerator until full and then dispose of the used oil in the trash.
Never pour fats, oils or grease down the drain. They build up over time.
Hot water DOES NOT dissolve fats, oils or grease. As soon as these liquids cool while in pipes or sewer systems, they will harden.
Disposing of fats, oils and grease properly will save thousands of dollars in repairs in the community.
Avoid using a garbage disposal. Place baskets or strainers in the sink to catch food scraps and place them in the trash.
Dish soap DOES NOT dissipate fats, oils or grease. They will later coagulate in pipes and sewer lines.
Wipe before washing. After pouring fats, oils or grease into a sealable container, wipe the cooking container with a paper towel to remove further grease residue.
Please Attend Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee Public Meetings
Monday, November 25
The citizen Water Rate Advisory Committee will conduct its third public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Cityâ€™s Sanjon Maintenance Yard. If you missed the October 23 meeting, all the materials and presentations are available for review at cityofventura.net/water/committee.
The committee is tasked with contributing community input to an update of Venturaâ€™s Cost of Service study, the basis of water and wastewater rates. This effort will offer community members the opportunity to evaluate future customer rates based on 10-year financial plans which include operational costs (water supplies, electricity and treatment) as well as capital replacement and improvement projects for Venturaâ€™s aging pipelines and facilities. For more information and agenda items, visit cityofventura.net/water/committee.
Wednesday, December 11
If needed, the citizen Water Rate Advisory Committee will conduct its fourth public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Cityâ€™s Sanjon Maintenance Yard. For more information and agenda items when available, visit cityofventura.net/water/committee.
Ventura Schools Honored For
Blue and Green Actions
L to R: Teachers Daniel Flores and Ricardo Pinedo, Will Rogers Elementary School Principal Danielle Cortes, teacher Kris Guzman and Ventura Water GM Shana Epstein.
On Monday, November 18, 2013, in honor of American Recycles Day, the Ventura City Council presented the 7th annual Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence to students at E.P. Foster and Will Rogers elementary schools.
E.P. Foster Elementary School won, in part, for the schoolâ€™s efforts in the first full-scale recycling and food waste diversion program within the Ventura Unified School District, reducing the amount of trash bags thrown away daily from 44 to just 7.
Will Rogers Elementary School was presented with the first Green School 2013 Watershed Hero award, presented by Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein. Will Rogers was honored for creating a schoolyard habitat with native plants requiring less water. As a result, the campus was able to cap and abandon one entire irrigation zone. Additionally, as part of the Midtown Ventura Community Councilâ€™s Adopt-A-School Project for 2013, students, teachers and other volunteers assisted in the removal of 500 square feet of asphalt to build a bio-swale that reduces stormwater pollution.
L to R: E.P. Foster Custodian Judy Melton and Lynn Harrison, E.J. Harrison. Not pictured: E.P. Foster Principal Carlos Covarrubias.
Please watch the Sustainable Ventura Video News Story about the unveiling in October of the bio-swale at Will Rogers Elementary School.
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