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.
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
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.
Septage Receiving Building