Pennsylvania American Water: Funny Video PSA Provides Tips to Prevent Holiday Grease-Caused Sewer Clogs

Funny Video PSA Provides Tips to Prevent Holiday Grease-Caused Sewer Clogs

 MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Dec. 7, 2021) – This holiday season, Pennsylvania American Water is back with a 30-second version of its award-winning animated public service video reminding customers to properly dispose of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) to avoid household plumbing and sewer line clogs. The video features ugly sweater-wearing characters Fats, Oil, and Grease as uninvited holiday party guests who threaten to wreak havoc on their host’s pipes.

Pennsylvania American Water reminds customers that, if poured down the drain, oils and grease that come with traditional holiday staples (like your grandmother’s delicious turkey gravy) can stick to the inside of pipes and cause buildups that clog pipes and lead to sewer overflows.

Taking these easy steps to avoid FOG clogs will help protect your pipes and our watersheds:

  • Never pour grease into sinks, toilets or down drains. Garbage disposals do not prevent grease clogs, and detergents that claim to dissolve grease may cause problems in other parts of the sewer system.
  • Instead, allow grease to cool and use a rubber scraper to remove fat, oil, and grease from cookware, plates, utensils and cooking surfaces. Then place the grease in a sealed container and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Install a strainer in your kitchen sink to catch scraps and empty them into the garbage.

Finally, flushing wipes (even those labeled flushable or biodegradable) and paper towels down the toilet can cause major problems for wastewater systems. Always trash, never flush! Find more wastewater tips, including Things That Should Never Go Down Your Drain, at

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.4 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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