FOG Program

Protect Our Sewers & the Environment

FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. These substances create a huge problem for your sewer pipes.

Remember that bacon grease you poured down the drain this morning? Or last night's oily melted cheese you tossed in the sink? Sure, it seemed harmless. But fats, oils, and grease (FOG) create a huge problem for sewer pipes. In fact, FOG, combined with roots in the sewer system, can create massive clogs that cause more than half of our sewer backups and overflows! This can result in costly repairs and environmental impacts.

What You Can Do

  • Can It! Pour leftover cooled fats, oils, and grease into a sturdy container, like an empty coffee can or jar.
  • Scrape It! Scrape out fats, oils and grease residuals from pots, pans, and dishes before washing.
  • Trash It! Always put food scraps in the garbage. Liquid foods such as gravy, milkshakes, dressings, etc. go in the garbage too - not the drain!

FOG Process


  • Any discharges with scalding temperatures, as they are also potentially harmful to pipes.
  • Disposing of coffee grounds, egg shells, and disposable wipes down your sink and toilet drains.

Easement Access

  • Avoid planting trees over your sewer pipes.
  • If you have a sewer easement on your property, keep it exposed and accessible.

Sewer Issues Contact

Call the Wastewater Department at 931-560-1001 immediately if you notice any problems with the sewer system or see sewage flowing out of a manhole.