Sewer backups and overflows result in property and environmental damage. They are most commonly caused by improper materials such as fat, oil and grease (FOG) being discharged into the Town sewer system. Since these substances do not dissolve and tend to float on the surface, they build up, collect on the tops and sides of the sewer pipes and eventually cause a blockage and subsequent backup and/or overflow.
Sanitary sewer systems and septic tanks are designed to handle human waste, toilet paper and used water. By following simple guidelines, you can help protect natural waterways, maintain sewer and septic systems and reduce treatment and maintenance costs. Please refer to the following list of DOs & DON'Ts concerning FOG.
Collect used grease and cooking oil in a container and dispose in the garbage or preferably at a Household Hazardous Waste collection center.
Put solid waste such as disposable diapers and personal hygiene products in the garbage.
Place food scraps in the garbage for disposal with solid waste.
Pour grease, fats and oils from cooking down the drain.
Use the toilet as a garbage can.
Use the sewer as a means to dispose of food or scraps.
*For more information, read the Town's official FOG Flyer here.