Stockton going after grease where it hides

Stockton Record – Alex Breitler, 02/15/10

STOCKTON – You don’t want to know what’s beneath those manhole covers.

But the city does. As part of a legal settlement, Stockton is stepping up inspections of the large underground vaults where grease from restaurants collects and, all too often, overflows onto the streets and seeps into storm drains.

Earlier this week, three city workers pried open a manhole outside north Stockton’s Olive Garden and lowered a straw-like tube into the blackness to sample what’s in there. It was mostly water, with a thin layer of grease at the top – well within standards.

But the same can’t be said for many other grease traps around the city…

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