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This holiday season, we’re reminding residents to protect their pipes (and ours) by keeping FOG — Fats, Oils and Grease — out of the sewer system. FOG comes from a variety of food sources, including food scraps, cooking oil, shortening, lard, butter, margarine, gravy, mayonnaise, salad dressings, sour cream, meat scraps and more. While it may seem practical and harmless to get rid of FOG by rinsing it off your dishes or pouring it down the kitchen sink, doing so can lead to huge problems and expensive repairs down the road.
Oils and grease rinsed down the drain cool, congeal (solidify) and block your sewer (or ours), which will require you to call a plumber, or us to send out our wastewater crews to a City clog. This can in turn cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, or to overflow from manholes into parks, yards, streets, storm drains and eventually the Indian River Lagoon.
Here are some steps you can take to protect your pipes and the greater sewer system from FOG:
Blocked drains can ruin your holiday festivities. A few simple clean up steps like these will help to protect the pipes in your home. Keeping FOG out of the sewer system helps everyone in the community.
THANK YOU! ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS!