Did you know, nationwide nearly 50 percent (50%) of all sewage overflows are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of everyday fats, oils and grease (FOG)? These overflows are not just public health issues, but can result in serious damage to our environment, especially pollution of our waters. Sewer manhole overflow can cause serious environmental damage.
What happens when you fry bacon, broil hamburgers or bake meat or when you’re finished, what remains in your cooking pan? The answer is FOG. A real enemy of our sewer system, a substance when poured in a drain or garbage disposal, will build up over time, constrict the flow of wastewater, and eventually cause sewers to back up into homes, overflow sewage into our streams, rivers or other waters. Both liquid oil and solid fat should be placed in absorbent containers prior to trashing.
The City is very quick in resolving the backup and overflow problems and actively involved in educating residents on how properly dispose the fats, oils and grease which are in our daily foods and food ingredients such as, meat, cooking oil, butter, shortening, margarine, baked goods, sauces and dairy products. The City believes that prevention is the best answer to this growing problem.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is FOG?
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are byproducts of cooking and meat cutting. FOG can be found in meat fats, oils, shortening, butter, margarine, sauces, and dairy products.
Why is FOG an issue for me?
When FOG is poured down drains or in garbage disposals, they build up in our sewer systems. They can back up in our sinks, toilets and possibly into your own or somebody else’s home. These backups pose serious public health and environmental issues.
What can I do?
Whenever food is cooked, byproducts should NOT be poured down the drain or into garbage disposals. Pans and pots with heavy grease build up should be wiped with a paper towel before being placed in the dish washer.
What about the piping in my house?
The first pipes that will become blocked with FOG will be your own pipes and that could result in expensive plumbing bills.