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City of Lubbock Water Department and Industrial Waste Monitoring are dedicated to educating residents and business about damaging sanitary sewer lines with Fats, Oils, and Grease. The easiest way for home owners to save their drains is by refraining from pouring grease down drains and minimizing using garbage disposals. Restaurants are required by City Ordinance to install grease traps to intercept grease and food particles from entering to the sewer lines. 

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Pouring grease down your drains can cause costly damages to your home. Try scraping FOGs into a can with a handi pan scraper and cover the can with a can lid, both FREE from City of Lubbock Conservation Education program.

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The images to the left include full grease traps, grease trap entry ports, and FOG inundated pipes. Grease traps are designed to separate Fats, Oils and Greases (FOGs) and food solids from the wastewater being discharged to the City's sanitary sewer system. FOGs and solids have to be removed on a regular basis in order for the grease traps to work properly. Please avoid putting FOGs down your drain.

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When FOGs are poured down drains, they accumulate in pipe walls. They can cause blockages and Sanitary Sewer Overflows, SSOs. In this video a Hydrocleaner is investigating sewer lines before cleaning. The yellow and white substance on the walls of the pipes are the beginning of FOG accumulation.