Fats, oils and grease can wreak havoc on your plumbing and the City's sewer pipes. When residents and businesses pour fats, oils and grease (FOG) down sinks or floor drains, these substances can build up in pipes. This can ruin plumbing and prevent wastewater from moving through our sanitary sewer pipes to the treatment plant for treatment. When wastewater is unable to move through sewer pipes, raw sewage can back up into homes or overflow into local streets and streams. FOG also can increase the cost of operating and maintaining sanitary sewer pipes and treatment plants.
To manage issues caused by FOG, the City has developed a comprehensive plan that is detailed in the City's Sewer Use Ordinance (Article V, Chapter 22). This program requires users of the City's collection system to reduce or eliminate the introduction of cooking fats/oils/greases, as well as petroleum-based oils into the City's collection system. For more information on the City's FOG Program, grease interceptor information, and disposal of retained FOG, you may contact the City's Environmental Programs Manager at (910) 299-4912 or firstname.lastname@example.org, M-F, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.