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Beware of FOG

Posted September 14, 2017 in Articles

For several years now, we have been educating the Upstate about FOG, which is an acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease that are the three major no-nos for pouring down your drain. However, a lot of people still don’t understand the reason we do this. They wonder how bad can pouring some leftover bacon grease down the drain be? Or even oil-based salad dressing? Just flush it with some hot water and it breaks up easily? Right? Wrong!

To show you how bad FOG can be, take a look at the recent stories out of London where sewage found a 130-ton ball of fat and other debris clogging up the city that gave us The Rolling Stones. According to a recent NPR article,

The”rock-solid” blockage had formed under the city’s Whitechapel neighborhood. Weighing roughly the same as 11 double-decker buses, the fatberg is one of the largest to form in the London sewer system.

“It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard,” said Matt Rimmer head of waste networks for Thames Water. The Thames statement said an eight-person crew is working seven-days a week to clear the blockage, greasy chunk by chunk.

There is a short phrase in that should stick out to you a little. “One of the largest to form.” That means this a fairly regular occurrence of giant balls of FOG forming. Thankfully, we don’t have to deal with anything that big in Greenville, but we need the help of everyone in the area to keep it that way.  Learn more here.