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Please remember to keep fats, oils and grease out of the drain.

LWP would like to remind businesses and residents to dispose of F.O.G properly

Post Date:05/13/2020 3:14 PM

F.O.G stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. Everyone has likely inadvertently put a little F.O.G. down the drain, but out of sight should absolutely not be out of mind when it comes to your drains. Fats, Oils and Grease are found in meat, fish, butter, cooking oil, mayonnaise, dressing, gravy, sauces and food scraps. F.O.G. can cause big problems and commonly occurs around the holidays when people are preparing large meals.

DID YOU KNOW? FOG IS HYDROPHOBIC!
Using hot water or soap will not remove F.O.G. When the solution contacts the cooler underground piping, F.O.G. can stick to pipes and cause a blockage.

CLOGGED PIPES IN A RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS SEWER LINE ARE THE OWNER’S FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Discharging waste containing F.O.G. increases the need for sewer maintenance and repairs resulting in higher utility costs and even regulatory fines.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
 - You can significantly reduce the amount of waste going into the sewer by taking a few simple steps:
 - Keep a strainer in your sink to capture residual solids. Minimize the use of the kitchen garbage disposal. This step will also help prevent backups, save water and save you money.
 - Scrape all food waste into a lined garbage can. Putting food wastes down the drain increases the oxygen needed to treat wastewater.
 - Use a paper towel to wipe oil and grease from pots, pans and utensils.
 - Place waste oil and solidified grease into a suitable container after it has cooled to be disposed of in the trash.
 - Recycle cooking oil (e.g., from turkey fryer) at the City’s Recycling Center.
 - You have a stake in the sewer line that runs from your home or business to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Every effort you take to reduce unwanted pollutants in the sewer benefits you and the City of Loveland economically and environmentally.

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