LCMUA's goal is to proactively educate our customers about proper grease disposal to help protect homes, businesses, and the environment from the nasty effects of sewer backups. Each year, LCMUA spends countless hours and thousand of dollars responding to backups and overflows of sewers, drains, and pipes, caused by fats, oils, and grease (FOG). When FOG are discarded, it can build up in the sewer causing a blockage, which can cause backups into your home or business as well and lead to Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) into parks, streets, and waterways.
What is an SSO?
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) come from meats, butter, lard, food scraps, sauces, dressing, dairy products, and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain, it hardens and causes wastewater pipes to clog. This can lead to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO), where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood, and streets. No only does this mess cause health issues, it can run into nearby waterways, contaminating the water supply.
How can you keep your pipes clear?
NEVER pour oil or grease down the drain or garbage disposal.
Scrape all food, oil, and grease from plates and utensils into the trash before washing.
Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose. Let the oil cool after use, then slowly pour kitty litter into the oil. When the oil has been absorbed, discard it in a tightly sealed trash bag to prevent leaks. The trash bag can now be placed in the garbage for collection.