Keep Grease From the Drain
Keep Grease From The Drain
During 2015, the City of Weatherford experienced 90 stop-ups caused in part by fats, oil, and grease that had accumulated in the sewer lines. Each time City personnel respond to a stop-up, it costs the City approximately $80 per hour in equipment and personnel costs to unstop the lines.
The Impact of FOG in Sewer Lines
Fats, oils, and grease-aka FOG-gets poured down kitchen sinks and ends up into the sanitary sewer. When FOG is discarded like this, it sticks and hardens to the inner walls of sewer pipes and overtime it collects causing sewage back-ups.
Once the sewer pipes become blocked, raw sewage overflows in your home, your neighbor's home, streets, parks, storm drains, and ultimately in the City's water system. Damages from sewer overflows are costly, causes foul odors and road closures due to backed up pipes.
Should you notice a sanitary sewer overflow please report it to the Utility Service Dispatch at (817) 598-4257.
FOG is in:
- meat fats in food scrapes
- butter and margarine
- salad dressing
- cooking oil
- shortening and lard
- creams and sauces
Ways to prevent FOG
DO WIPE pots, pans, and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them.
DO SCRAPE food scrapes from dishes into trash cans and garbage pags and dispose of properly.
DO COVER the kitchen sink drain with catch basket/strainer and empty into garbage can as needed.
DON'T use a garbage disposal or food grinder.
DON'T dispose food scraps down the drain.
DO PUT oil and grease in covered containers. DON'T pour oil and grease down the sink
or toilet, or into street gutters or storm drains.
For more information check out the City of Weatherford's Grease Poster for helpful tips.
In December 2013, the Water Utility Department introduced a new camera vehicle to investigate stop-ups in sewer mains throughout the City. This new grease campaign hopes to bring awareness to all homes and businesses in helping reduce the number of sanitary sewer overflows from occuring.