Flushable wipes combined with other materials put down the drain forming RAGS that block large pumps within the lift stations.
A blocked pump can not push wastewater through the system and leads to costly sewer backups in homes, businesses, and into the environment.
Tip #2: No Fat, Oil or Grease Down the Drain
Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.) poured down the drain will harden within the wastewater collection system leaving the flow with nowhere to go!
This can cause hazardous backups or overflow spills in your home, business, and environment.
Tip #3: Scrape the Plate
After meals scrape leftovers into the trash to avoid contents that include fats, oils, and grease from entering the wastewater collections system. You can catch leftover cooking fats, oils, and grease in a container to cool and reuse or dispose of!
Tip #4: Hot Water Down the Drain is a MYTH!
Running hot water down the drain to chase any fats, oils, and grease out of the pipes is a myth. F.O.G. will harden within the pipes eventually restricting the flow within the system. Once a pipe is blocked the flow will begin to back up causing costly repairs, and backups into homes, businesses, and the environment.
Wipes & F.O.G. & Clogs OH MY!
Get to Know Foggy
The wastewater collections system now has a mascot! Foggy represents F.O.G. which stands for Fats, Oils Grease, and other materials that end up in the sanitary sewer system that should not be there. Foggy is a reminder of the tips and tricks we have offered above to keep our wastewater flow on the go.
Preferred Hauler Program Information
The City offers a Preferred Hauler Program that offers vendors to those businesses that require proper pumping and disposal of grease from grease traps/interceptors.
Lift Station Pump Clogged with Flushable Wipes (Tip #1)
Combination of Fats, Oil and Grease Within the Sanitary Sewer System (Tip #2)