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Don’t let your drains gobble holiday fats, oils and grease

Post Date:11/15/2017 10:52 AM

With the holiday cooking season upon us, the Utilities Department wants to remind residents to avoid pouring cooking oils and grease down the drain. Fats, oils and grease, or FOG, can clog sewer lines and cause costly repairs to the homeowner and the City. More than two-thirds of wastewater line blockages in Oklahoma City are caused by FOG.

Pour liquid FOG into an empty food can or container and place it in the freezer until it solidifies. Once the FOG is frozen, toss the container into the trash. Use a paper towel to wipe out any remaining FOG from pots and pans before cleaning them.

“Even small amounts of oils or grease poured down the drain can build up over time and cause significant problems,” said Allen McDonald, the City’s Line Maintenance Supervisor. “Throwing fats, oils and grease in the trash is an easy way for residents to avoid expensive plumbing visits and help prevent blockages in the City’s wastewater system."

McDonald notes that while FOG is a year-round problem, the holidays make a good time to remind people to be careful. “People tend to cook larger meals and use more grease and fat in their holiday cooking,” he said. 

For more information on how you can protect your pipes from FOG and other contaminants, visit okc.gov/water.

The Utilities Department provides water, wastewater and solid waste services to more than 1.2 million customers in central Oklahoma. It recently received the 2017 Gold Award for Excellence in Utilities Management from the Association of Municipal Water Agencies, the 2017 Oklahoma Water for 2060 Excellence Award from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the “Best of the Tap” water taste test award by the Southwest American Water Works Association.

Learn more about the Utilities Department at okc.gov/water.

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Media Contact
Jennifer McClintock
(405) 297-3363 / (405) 464-9288
jennifer.mcclintock@okc.gov

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