To close out the year we are sharing the top three FOG Safe blog posts of 2018. It looks like fatbergs, fatberg prevention and the environmental impacts of sewer overflows were of particular interest this year.
One way to ensure a clog free holiday season is by properly disposing of all fats, oils and grease after cooking a meal. Pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the kitchen drain will cause sewer clogs that block the flow of wastewater from your home to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. This wastewater can then overflow into your home, yard, street, neighborhood and local waterways. This is a surefire way to spoil a great holiday meal.
Head on over to the blog post to see the four myths we debunked!
We are going to get right to the point, a sewage overflow is bad for the environment and public health. When raw sewage makes its way into the environment and ultimately our fresh water supply, we are all at risk. Our aging infrastructure, coupled with a change in food preferences (fried foods) and modern products (wet wipes), are leading to more sanitary sewage overflows.
In this post we outline the health, environmental, recreation and property impacts and damages from sewer overflows.
The term fatberg is finding its way into our lives in a multitude of ways. The rise in sewers clogged by these heaps of congealed fat, oil, grease and trash is making the news much more frequently. Fatbergs are caused by people pouring cooking oil down the drain – which then congeals with items that should not be flushed, such as wet wipes – fatbergs are an increasing problem for water companies, particularly in urban areas.
Fatbergs tell us more about daily life than we would probably like to imagine. Of course, we should not be putting cooking oil down the kitchen sink and wet wipes should never get flushed—but the other substances found in fatbergs, offer a macabre glimpse into modern society.
2018 was a great year as we launched the FOG Safe Drain Guard in Hawaii. In the New Year we are working hard to build partnerships with retailers outside of Hawaii, so that we can get FOG Safe Drain Guards into more homes, and help curb the flow of sewage into the environment and ultimately our oceans.
Cheers to 2019!
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