Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) are one of the most common causes of sewer backups and sanitary sewer overflows. Grease hardens as it cools and clings to the walls of sewer pipes, creating a blockage (similar to a clogged artery).
Excessive amounts of FOG that reach the Wastewater Treatment Facility can disrupt regular treatment processes and require extra resources to bring the plant back to its normal operating state.
FOG at Home
Garbage disposals do not prevent grease from building up in plumbing, nor do hot water or dish detergents dissolve grease. FOG should never be poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet.
Food Service Establishments
Food Service Establishments or other businesses that use or produce FOG are required by Jerome Municipal Code 13.18.1220 to install and maintain grease removal devices such as grease traps or interceptors.
Sources of FOG
Sources of FOG include, but are not limited to:
- Baked goods
- Butter / Margarine / Shortening / Lard
- Cooking oil
- Dairy products
- Food scraps
- Meat products