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Houston Public Works is asking residents to watch what they put down the drain this holiday season in order to help prevent sewer overflow as part of the department's “Protect Our Pipes” campaign.

According to the city, fats, oils and grease poured down the sink and wipes flushed down the toilet are the main cause of sewer overflows in Houston, accounting for about 70 percent of them. A news release said the city responds to twice as many overflows during the holiday season due to an increase in grease clogs.

The campaign asks Houstonians to put oils and grease into a container and cool it before tossing it in a trash can, and to only flush toilet waste and toilet paper

For more information on the “Protect Our Pipes” campaign, residents can visit

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