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MSD Project Clear is urging the community to take action this holiday season by properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), instead of putting them down the drain.
FOG from butter, gravy, cooking oil, and sauces can look as harmless as liquids, and many people dispose of these substances down their drains. When they cool, however, FOG becomes thick and sticky, adhering to the pipes of our sewer system and potentially causing clogs, basement backups and sewer overflows. FOG can also cause issues in the pipes of your home, producing clogs or backups.
FOG gets into our sewer collection system mainly from residential customers pouring the substances down their drains. Fats, oils and grease are a byproduct of cooking and are mostly found in the meats, cooking oils, butter, mayonnaise and other "hidden oils" such as salad dressings, syrups or cheese.
What can you do to avoid clogging your drain with FOG?
Help prevent drain and sewer clogs by keeping drains fat‐free. Find out more at www.projectclearstl.com.