FATS, OILS & GREASE (F.O.G.)
The District has established a FOG Policy, (Fats, Oils and Grease), for our commercial customers. Under the policy, all commercial entities discharging fats, oils or grease to the sewer system must install a grease trap or grease interceptor to assist with keeping our sewer lines from plugging. The FOG policy will aid in keeping the sewer rates low as plugged lines have cost rate payers in the thousands of dollars for repair and maintenance.
Grease is a problem that affects everyone in our sewer district, not just the commercial customers. We want to remind our residential customers that even very small amounts of grease from washing dishes or just dumping it down the drain enter the sewer lines and begin to build up on the walls of the sewer pipes causing blockages that can back-up in homes and businesses. Grease cannot be diluted with hot water. As the grease cools in the sewer lines, it hardens clinging to the wall of the pipe.
Residential customers can help by disposing of fats, oils or grease in the garbage by wiping the cooking utensil with a paper towel prior to washing.
Remember, grease affects all of our rate payers. If you think your facility may need a grease trap or grease interceptor, contact Jason Richardson at (206) 432-3507.
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Info at WMNorthWest.com.