Fats, oils and grease poured down public drains causes expensive damage to Fayetteville’s water and sewer system. Courtesy City of Fayetteville

Drain grease costs Fayetteville thousands

The City of Fayetteville wants its residents and restaurants to stop using their drains as dumps.

Public Services Director Chris Hindman said that fats, oils and grease (known collectively as FOGs) poured down sinks and toilets are the primary cause of sewer system backups, and the city spends $43,000 a year to clean out FOG buildup at its lift stations. If the materials block sewer pipes, sewage can spill into creeks and streams or back up into homes and businesses, causing expensive repairs. To reduce cleanup costs and environmental damage, the city wants users to pour fat, oil and grease into sealable containers that can be thrown away, and to use strainers to keep clumps from going down the drain.

Anyone who witnesses illicit discharge of greasy material into the public sewer system can report the violation to Code Enforcement at 770-719-4150.

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