FOG Program

FOG Maintenance Tips to Protect Our Sewers & the Environment

This section provides information on how we can all become better stewards of the environment by safeguarding the sewer system.

What does FOG stand for? Fats, Oils, and Grease. These substances create a huge problem for your sewer pipes.

Keep Sewers Fat-Free, Can the Grease!

Remember that bacon grease you poured down the drain this morning? Or last nights 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 our sewer backups and overflows! This can result in costly repairs and environmental impacts.

What should you do? It's easy:

Can it! ~ Scrape it! ~ Trash it!

CAN IT! Pour leftover cooled fats, oils & grease into a sturdy container, like an empty coffee can or jar;

SCRAPE IT! Scrape out fats, oils & 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!

Avoid:

  • Avoid disposing of coffee grounds, egg shells, and disposable wipes down your sink and toilet drains;

  • Any discharges with scalding temperatures are also potentially harmful to pipes;

Easement Access:

  • If you have a sewer easement on your property, keep it exposed and accessible.

  • Avoid planting trees over your sewer pipes.

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




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FOG Program Support

Travis Howell
CMOM/GIS Coordinator
(931) 560-1001 Ext 1034
thowell@columbiatn.com

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