When it comes to our water and sewer systems, there's a lot to learn.
Fat, Oil and Grease Disposal
Did you know that improperly disposing of the fats, oils and grease that you create in your kitchen can be harmful to our city's sewer system? You can help keep our sewer system functioning property by properly disposing of your fats, oils and grease.
You should never pour fats, oils and grease down the drain. Once the grease is poured down the drain, it then sticks to the sides of sewer pipes, both on your property and in the public sewer system. Over time, the grease will build up and block the pipes, which then keeps the pipes from functioning properly. Blocked sewer pipes can cause sewer backups into homes and overflowing sewer manholes, in turn leading to costly cleaning and maintenance, and water pollution.
How to Keep Fats, Oils and Grease Out of the Public Sewer System
- Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
- Scrape food scraps and grease from plates, pots and utensils into the trash.
- Pour cooled fats, oils and grease into an empty jar or coffee can. Allow the grease to cool and solidify. Throw the container in the trash.
Fat, Oil and Grease Ordinance
In an effort to keep our sewer systems working properly, the County Council has adopted a Fat, Oil and Grease Regulations.
You're subject tot he conditions in this ordinance if you are:
- a commercial or non-residence facility connected to the sanitary sewer
- collection involved in the preparation or serving of food
- any other establishment with the potential to discharge fats, oils and greases
If you have questions regarding fats, oils and grease disposal contact us during normal business hours at:
We look forward to assisting you in any way that we can.
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It's important that our community's youth learn about the importance of our water and sewer systems. We have some curriculum ideas that focus on wastewater education for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.