A grease-dumper is on the loose in Orange and police need the public’s help to identify the person responsible.
Police said it looks like a restaurant, or other food service, is entering the town and dumping the grease into the sewage system.
Restaurants will hire a company to empty out the grease from the kitchen and haul it off to a safe location, but it appears someone is not doing that.
"Massive, massive amounts of grease - we're not talking a coffee can full," said R. Scott Allen, of the Water Pollution Control. "Sometimes what happens, there's a hauler that doesn't want to make that facility at the end of the day but want to get rid of his load and find a place in our sewer system and empty their truck."
They said the system primarily serves commercial establishments along the Boston Post Road.
Grease is typically hauled out of restaurants by companies. However, police said it’s supposed to be taken by the pumper to a facility for processing.
R. Scott Allen, Orange’s sewer superintendent, speculated that to save disposal costs, a hauler is discharging the grease somewhere along the Post Road corridor through a manhole.
The manhole then flows to the town’s main pumping station near Orange Center Road.
The grease is severely affecting the ability of the station to function properly, police said. They said it’s costing the town a lot of money to pump it out, and the town has had to do it almost weekly for the past several months.
Police said the dumping could be taking place between 500 Boston Post Rd. and the West Haven town line. Hundreds of manholes lay along that route.
They said the dumping appears to be happening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but the time of day is unknown.
Now, workers have to hire someone to pump out the grease which has been costly. They have spent about $15,000 since last summer, and another $5,000 has been spent since this spring.
Police also don’t know if the grease is coming from the town of Orange or somewhere else.
They’re asking anyone who notices a tank-style truck parked along the commercial properties of the Post Road to give them a call at 203-891-2130.
Police said they’ll determine whether or not the operators are using the sewers in a legal capacity.
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