Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG) and other Nonflushables

Clean water depends on the participation and support of the entire community, from the government, businesses, and schools to individual citizens. Water is essential to everyone, and we all play a role in wastewater treatment. Public support and participation is critical to keeping wastewater treatment facilities operating and maintenance costs down.

WipesWhen fats, oils, grease (FOG), wipes and other foreign items go down the pipes in your home, they cause expensive plumbing problems. The sanitary sewer system is designed to carry wastewater away from your home to the Wastewater Treatment Facilities where it is safely and effectively cleaned. As fats, oils and grease cool, they thicken and remain sticky, collecting all other items, such as wipes, that pass through your pipes creating one massive blockage and preventing the water from reaching the treatment facilities.

The clean-up of sewer backups and the additional maintenance required to reverse the damage caused by the improper disposal of these items leads to higher utility bills, costly home plumber visits and expensive pipe replacement. Sewer overflows and backups can also cause health hazards. Sewage is full of bacteria and contaminants that pose a serious threat to people and their pets.

IMPACT REPORT: Residential Sewer Customers

Stafford County Sewer Customers:
Annual Sewer Maintenance and Pumpout Cost:
  1. How to Prevent Overflows
  2. Frequently Asked Questions

• Pour used cooking grease into an empty soup can, old coffee mug or other heat-safe container and then once solidified, toss it into the garbage.

• Dispose of all wipes in the trash.

​• Scrape any food scraps or oils into the trash can prior to washing or placing plates, pots or pans in the dishwasher.

​ • Remember that garbage disposals are not trash cans.

​• Use a strainer in the sink to collect excess food particles.

​ • Share this information with family and friends.