Why shouldn't FOG go down the drain?

FOG sticks to the sides of pipes and eventually clogs them. This backs up the pipes and causes sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), possibly in your home and yard, or into your business establishment.  SSOs can release bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that may be dangerous to human health. The sewage may be released into your home or business, or into our waterways, streets, and parks. SSOs are unpleasant and expensive to clean-up, and if they occur on private property, it is you, the property owner, who is responsible for the clean-up. 

If the County is responsible for a clean-up, manpower and money are wasted on something that could have been avoided.  The costs associated with SSOs are not limited to the public utilities clean up costs of containment, removal, and disposal of contaminated materials, emergency line cleaning, disinfectants, sampling and testing, record keeping and documentation, public notification, EPA and VDEQ enforcement actions.  The non-direct costs may include media-related costs, property damages, public relations, insurance, exposure to untreated wastewater (pathogens and viruses), and decreased tourism.  

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1. What is FOG?
2. How does FOG impact the sewer system?
3. Why shouldn't FOG go down the drain?
4. What can I do to help prevent FOG damage?
5. What should I do if I experience a sewer blockage or overflow?
6. What do I do with the oil used in deep fryers at home?