Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOGs)
The City of Elk River Wastewater Division has experienced an increase in the amount of fats, oils and grease, otherwise known as FOG, disposed of in the sanitary sewer system in both commercial and residential areas.
Disposing of FOGs in your sink drain severely impacts the sanitary sewer system, including sewer backups and higher sanitary sewer bills from added maintenance costs and equipment replacement. Running hot water, while pouring grease down the drain does not help, as the grease eventually coagulates elsewhere in the system, eventually restricting the line, and resulting in expensive repairs for the property owner.
The best way to dispose of grease is to pour it or cooking oil into a can, freeze it and put it in the garbage. You can add sunflower or other seeds to the grease and freeze it to make excellent bird suet.
Commercial property owners can ensure proper disposal of FOGs by cleaning grease traps and interceptors on a regular schedule.
The Wastewater Division started a FOG inspection program in 2014 to identify problem areas and instruct businesses how to properly dispose of FOGs. City ordinance prohibits the improper disposal of FOGs.
The same caution should be used for pouring motor oils, antifreeze, and other automotive and hydrocarbon-based fluids down the drain. These items can be dropped off at the Maintenance Facility, located at 19000 Proctor Road. If you have any questions about the sanitary sewer system or disposal, contact the Wastewater Division at 763-635-1170.
Additionally, fall is a great time of the year to pour 2-3 cups of water in each of your floor drains. Drains dry out over the summer months and dry lines allow sewer gas to vent, which can be dangerous, and also emit an odor.