Home“Flushable” Wipes and F.O.G.
Our sewer system is built to re-purpose solid waste into grade A fertilizer for Washington farmers and discharge clean water into the Puget Sound. When someone flushes something other than toilet paper, urine or human fecal matter down the toilet it can clog or damage our sewer system. Fixing clogged equipment and repairing cracked pipes have a financial and environmental cost. These problems are easily avoided if we follow the Flush vs Trash rules. We recommend placing a trash bin next to your toilet.
Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG, represent the most serious enemy of our sewer lines.
When FOG is dumped down the drain, it forms large, thick grease balls that clog pipes. Clogged pipes can result in sewer backups and spills, create environmental problems, cause traffic tie-ups or even flood homes and businesses. Commercial food-handling facilities contribute greatly to FOG buildup in sewer lines because of the amount of grease used in cooking and other food prep work. Preventing sewer backups from FOG blockages also saves money.
Important! When sewer pipes back up on private property, the homeowner or business owner is responsible for the cleanup.
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