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FOG1Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) aren’t just bad for your arteries and your waistline; they’re bad for sewers too. Sanitary Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment.


FOG2FOG is a substance that is created from food scraps and waste, or petroleum wastes. An increasingly common cause of overflows is sewer pipes blocked by grease. FOG gets into the sewer from household drains as well as from poorly maintained grease interceptors in restaurants and oil/water separators from automotive maintenance facilities.


FOG3Where does the FOG come from? Most of us know fog as the byproduct of cooking. FOG is found in such things as: meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter and margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces, and dairy products. Too often, fog is washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. FOG sticks to the insides of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, the fog can build up and block the entire pipe.


FOG4To remediate this problem, City of Carmel Utilities has adopted the Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG) Control & Pretreatment Program. This program is designed to provide you with the proper tools and knowledge to prevent sanitary sewer pipe blockages that cause backups and sanitary sewer overflows.



NEW! Online Fats, Oils and Grease Control Management and Reporting Program potential
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For more information contact us at FOG@Carmel.in.gov