LPWRP (002)

Pretreatment Program

Did you know that nearly 50 percent of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of everyday Fats, Oils and Grease ( FOG ) ? These overflows are not just public health issues, but can result in serious damage to our environment, especially pollution of our streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.


As the lead agency that responds to sewage overflows, the Bureau of Utilities has taken on the challenge of educating residents on how they can and should dispose of these fats, oils and grease which are found in foods and food ingredients we use in our homes everyday: meat, cooking oil, butter, shortening, margarine, baked goods, sauces and dairy products.

What happens when you fry bacon, broil hamburgers or bake meat? When you’re finished, what remains in your cooking pan ? The answer is FOG – a real enemy of our sewer system – a substance that, when poured down your drain or into your garbage disposal, will build up over time, constrict the flow of wastewater and eventually cause sewers to back up into homes, overflow sewage into streams, rivers and the Bay.

   

Both liquid oils and solid fats should be placed in absorbent containers prior to trashing

Both liquid oils and solid fats should be placed in absorbent containers prior to trashing 




 

View of the bottom of a Sewer Manhole showing blockage from grease build up.

View of the bottom of a Sewer Manhole showing blockage from grease build up.


Howard County’s Bureau of Utilities quickly responds to and resolves these backups and overflows.

However, prevention is the best and wisest solution to this growing problem.

 

 

Sewer Manhole Overflow

Sewer Manhole Overflow

 

 

Septage Receiving Building

 

Septage Receiving Building


Grease Trap Manhole

Trap Inspection