The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 22, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

Take care with what you put down drain

Thanksgiving Day provides the ideal moment to think about the many things we all have to be thankful for. Have you ever stopped to think about water and wastewater treatment and how essential it is to our lives?

Indispensable to jobs, the economy, our health and communities, water runs through our lives in many ways, but often is taken for granted. The Beckley Sanitary Board believes it is time for that to change.

Most Americans are blessed to have access to safe, clean water and sanitation services. The crucial and unseen hero of this story is the vast infrastructure that transports water to our homes and collects wastewater and carries to treatment plants. These systems have worked silently for years, in some cases more than a century, without major interruptions.

Now attention and investment are needed to keep the infrastructure functional.

Beckley Sanitary Board asks that you help protect our infrastructure, as well as your home, by not disposing of fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the kitchen drain.

FOG is the No. 1 cause of sewer blockages in homes. When you rinse FOG down the drain, it clings to pipes and builds up until the pipe is completely clogged, resulting in costly repairs, sewage overflows, water pollution and potential contact with disease-causing organisms.

As the popularity of deep fried turkeys grows, a new challenge exists on how to properly dispose of the 20-gallons of oil used.

Valley Proteins, 136 Industrial Park Road, Beaver, has offered to dispose of such oil this Thanksgiving. All you have to do is drop it off. Call Facility Manager Bill Shelton at 304-255-2095, ext. 16101 to make arrangements.

BSB will host a drop-off site next week 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Bring the used oil in its original package 301 S. Heber St. and we will dispose of it.

The easiest solution to the grease problem is to keep it out of the sewer system in the first place. You can do that by never pouring grease down the drain, garbage disposal or toilet; scraping grease and food from plates, pots and pans into the trash for proper disposal; and by spreading the word.

Talk to friends and family about the simple steps everyone can take to protect our infrastructure and waterways. Do your part; be as good to water as water is to you.

Today more than ever, water is our passion. We’d like it to be yours, too.

For more information visit or call 304-256-1760.

Kara Van Pelt

Education and Communication Coordinator

Beckley Sanitary Board