Dothan Sewer Overhaul

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

Southern fried cooking...

"We do like fried food in this part of the country. It takes vegetable oil and sometimes animal fat to process food that we like. It has to be discarded. Discarding it is fine as well as it's done in the proper way."

The proper way is not pouring it down the drain.

"It’s fairly simple. Grease goes down the drain when it's still liquid form, maybe it's even hot. So it stays liquid for a good while, but as it cools and it slows down. Things will start settling out and solidifying. So once it solidifies and starts clogging the sewer lines it can cause overflows in the system."

City workers have responded to these overflows for quite some time.

As the city grows, so does the number of restaurants.

The new ordinance would include requirements to prevent restaurants from adding more grease to the problem.

"That’s going to involve in some cases a series of plumbing fixtures, grease traps, grease interceptors and there will be provision in the ordinance for city inspectors to go out and do inspections on these devices to ensure they're working properly."

Here at best burger they're actually ahead of the game. I’m kneeling on top of their thousand gallon grease interceptor.

"What it does, it lets the water and the grease from the store gets separated and puts the good water back into the system and it holds the grease and they come and pump it every few months."

Best Burger's Dothan location opened up about two months ago.

The owner says the cost was a little high, but it was better to get it done earlier than to have to go back and fix things later.

"We’re still mom and pop style. We have two restaurants now and so it was a little tough on us but if you've got to do it you might as well get it out of the way. We're excited we got it out of the way."

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