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  1. 8/28/2015 ARE YOU LOST IN A FOG?
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    What is FOG?  No it isn’t a cloud that has invaded your home, rather FOG or FOGs is an acronym for Fat(s), Oil, and Grease.  FOG is composed of animal and vegetable fats and oils that are common in every home.  It can come from many sources, including meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter and margarine, dairy products, sauces, food scraps, and even cat litter.
     
    FOGs aren’t just bad for your arteries and your waistline; they are bad for sewer pipes as well. They can stick to the walls of the drainage pipes that carry wastewater from your home to the treatment plant if poured down a sink drain or toilet.  Eventually, the entire pipe can become blocked and prevent the flow of wastewater.  This causes the sanitary sewer to overflow and can cause wastewater to back up inside or outside your home.  Sewer backups and overflows can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment.  FOG is the number one cause of public and private sewage spills.
     
    The easiest way to solve the FOG problem and help prevent overflow is to keep these materials out of the sewer system in the first place.
     
    How You Can Help?
     
    Homeowners can assist the District in its fight against FOG in the following ways:
     
    1.              Use sewer lines for wash waters and human wastes only.
     
    2.              Never pour non-water-soluble substances, such as grease, cooking or motor oil, cat litter or rags, into your toilets, sinks, or storm-drains.
     
    3.              Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, grills and cooking surfaces into a can or trash for disposal.
     
    4.              Do not put grease down garbage disposals.  Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and dispose of them in the trash.
     
    5.              Advise your children, friends, and neighbors about the importance of keeping grease out of sewers.
     
    6.               Be cautious of chemicals and additives that claim to dissolve grease.  Some of these products merely pass the grease further down the District’s sewer system.
     
    Following the above guidelines will go a long way in the prevention of costly and environmentally damaging sewage backups and overflows.
     

     
    Please Note:  Most sewage backups occur in the service line between Platte Canyon’s main line and the customer’s home, which is the property and responsibility of the customer.  The removal of clogs or repair of any damage to the service line is a homeowner’s responsibility (see related article here).
     
    Platte Canyon makes every effort to protect its customers against sewage backups.  Under the District’s preventative maintenance program launched in the mid-1970’s, 25 percent of the main lines are camera-inspected for blockages annually, with areas of build-up “jet cleaned” with high-pressure water.  Further, our crews conduct visual inspections of manholes on some sewer lines monthly, and some areas also receive more frequent camera-inspections and jet cleaning.
     
    Help us win the fight against FOG!
     

     
    As a service to District customers, Platte Canyon offers two FREE brochures that will aid them in this fight.  The first brochure is titled, Fat-Free Sewers:  How to Prevent Fats, Oils, and Greases from Damaging Your Home and the Environment, which provides an overview of FOGs and suggestions on how to prevent them.  The second brochure is, “What You Should Know About Your Sewer System”.  This brochure includes a brief explanation of what your sewer system does and how it works and how to determine if you have a sewer line problem.  It also includes important information of sewer service line ownership and maintenance responsibilities, how to avoid sewer repair scams, and the importance of obtaining sewer backup insurance coverage.
     
    If you would like to obtain a copy of these brochures, you can stop by the District office located at 8739 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 or you can call (303) 979-2333 to request a copy of the brochure(s) be mailed to you at no charge.
     
    If you have any questions about your sewer service line or the wastewater treatment process, please call Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor at (303) 979-2333.