Residential FOG

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Many of the problems caused by FOG in the sewer system originate from fats, oils and grease that are poured down drains in homes. Although the wastewater collection system is owned, managed and maintained by SD1, the entire Northern Kentucky community benefits from it being used responsibly. Through education and by adopting certain habits, it is easy to minimize FOG sources at home. 

To learn how you can reduce your FOG impact, click here.

Other living spaces such as apartments, townhomes and condominiums can have a disproportionate impact on sections of the sewer system due to the high density of users on these properties. If you are a property manager and would like to obtain materials to help make your customers better aware of the problems caused by FOG, please contact a member of the Industrial Pretreatment Department at SD1.

Grease Myths

It’s okay to pour grease down the drain as long as…

… I use the garbage disposal.
MYTH! The garbage disposal only grinds up items before passing them into your sewer pipes.

… I run hot water.
MYTH! Hot water only gives the illusion of dissolving grease. The grease will eventually cool and build up in the pipes.

… I chase it down with a dose of dish soap.
MYTH! Dish soap temporarily breaks up grease as you wash your dishes, but the soap will eventually lose its effectiveness causing the grease to solidify in the pipes. 

… it is a liquid oil at room temperature.
MYTH! Liquid cooking oils, like canola oil and olive oil, float on wastewater and easily adhere to sewer pipes. 

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