Here are easy ways to help protect the Chattahoochee today!
Keep Fats, Oils and Grease (a.k.a. FOG) out of our sewers!
What is FOG?
- FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease.
- FOG comes from meat fats, lard, butter, margarine, cooking oil, shortening, food scraps, and baked goods.
- When FOG goes down your drain, it cools and collects in sewer pipes, builds up over time, and eventually restricts sewer flow.
- Grease build-up is the number one cause of sewer spills in the metro-area, causing 44% of all the sewer spills in 2009.
- In 2009, there were more than 450 grease blockages in the metro-Atlanta area.
- Sanitary sewer overflows can result in untreated wastewater reaching rivers and streams, causing nutrient and bacteria levels to spike and oxygen levels to drop, thereby posing a threat to aquatic life.
- Overflows cause human health risks through direct contact, polluted water supplies and recreation areas, and even through consumption of contaminated shellfish.
- When untreated wastewater reaches a stream or river, local governments may be fined, causing higher sewer bills.
- Sewage can back-up into basements and damage property, leading to expensive clean up costs for homeowners and local governments.
What can you do? Keep the FOG out!
- Strain it! Use a strainer in your sink to catch food scraps and other solids that may contain FOG before they reach your pipes.
- Cool it! Collect FOG in a can and cool it down before disposing in a garbage can.
- Wipe it! Wipe and scrape excess FOG from plates, pots, pans, utensils, and cooking surfaces before washing.
- Compost it! Compost food scraps containing FOG. If composting is not feasible, then throw away food scraps rather than using a garbage disposal.
- Reuse it! Reuse or recycle FOG when possible.
- Spread the word! Tell your friends and neighbors not to pour FOG down the drain. You might prevent a sewage backup in your neighborhood!
Learn more about FOG
Locate your County FOG website at Georgia FOG Alliance
Learn about FOG Interceptors to reduce FOG
FOG control in commercial buildings and restaurants
City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
Clean Water Atlanta