Resolve to keep drains FOG-free this holiday season

December 20, 2018
Public service announcement

‘Tis the season for extra butter, shortening, sauces and gravy. Our taste buds may enjoy FOG (fats, oils, grease) for extra flavour in holiday cooking but for drain pipes and sewer systems it can cause severe indigestion.

The number one cause of sewer blockages and overflows in Kelowna are the result of cooking oil and grease that are poured down sink drains or flushed down the toilet. When washed down the drain, FOG sticks to the inside of the sewer pipes on both your property and in the street. Over time, it can build up and block an entire pipe.

Residents and businesses can help prevent messy FOG-induced sewer backups and keep our waste water collection systems running smoothly by adapting the following practices:

  • Never pour grease down sink drains;
  • Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty them into the garbage;
  • Scrape grease and food scraps into a can or other container or directly into the garbage for disposal; and
  • Avoid putting household chemicals down the drain.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca and search for ‘Source Control’.