Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) is a leading cause of sewer backups into basements. FOG occurs when cooking fats are poured down the drain and coat the inside of the pipes, eventually forming a blockage. In response to the number of blockages caused by grease and in order to maintain compliance with U.S. EPA regulations, the Commission began a Fats, Oils and Grease Program to educate residential customers on the hazards of grease clogs in the sewer systems. The educational program called “Cease the Grease Springfield” is comprised of informational flyers, posters and on-site presentations at civic association meetings; condominium, rental and housing associations; and other public forums throughout the city. The goal of the program is to educate residents to understand that the proper disposal of grease and other FOG forming foods is in the garbage, rather than in the sink or toilet.
WIPES CLOG PIPES – In addition to FOG, there is a new danger to our sewers: “disposable” wipes. Cleaning wipes, baby wipes, and other wipes that are sometimes described as “disposable” or “flushable” generally do not dissolve when flushed. Instead, they accumulate in sewer systems causing clogs and backups. Click here for an informational brochure.
Please review these links for more information on how you can keep grease out of Springfield’s sewer systems and avoid costly backups:
Flyer – Best Management Practices for Food Service Establishments
Flyer – Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) and Preventing Sewer Backups for Residences
FOG Regulations from Chapter 1 of the Rules and Regulations
Public Presentation on How to Prevent Sewer Backups
Informational Article on FOG by Springfield Water and Sewer Commission
Please review this short video for kitchen tips to prevent sewer backups during the holiday season:
For more information about the FOG program, please contact Joyce Mulvaney at 413-452-1302.