PSA from New Jersey American Water: Don’t let fats, oils and grease spoil your feast!

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As we gear up for Thanksgiving this week, New Jersey American Water is warning customers about the problematic fats, oils, and greases (FOGs) that come with cooking big holiday feasts.

Failure to properly dispose of FOGs can result in installation issues that can really ruin the holiday spirit. So don’t be a turkey – eliminate FOGs the right way.

When washed down the drain, FOGs adhere to the insides of pipes and cause clogs that can lead to sewer system overflows and sewer jams for homeowners. Neither dish soap nor garbage disposal can properly break down these materials that accumulate over time.

“Even when FOG and food scraps seem to slide down the drain with ease, you have no idea what’s piling up on the other side,” said Manoj Patel, senior production manager, statewide sewer operations at New Jersey American Water. “Once they reach the lower parts of the drain and cool, FOGs turn into a thick sludge that sticks inside the pipe. Eventually, over time, this sludge can lead to sewer blockages, congestion and overflows, which pose potential health and environmental hazards. This can easily be avoided by following our tips on proper FOG disposal.”

New Jersey American Water provides the following tips for handling fats, oils and greases:

1. The answer is not available to you. No matter how powerful your garbage disposal may be, it can’t stop FOGs from sticking to your pipes. Never flush FOGs down the drain.

2. Strain, do not drain. To keep food debris out of the pipes, install a basket or strainer in the drain and empty the trapped bits into the trash.

3. Let’s talk about garbage. Scrape all food scraps and FOGs from plates, pots and utensils into the trash before washing.

“We’re all excited to kick off the holiday season this week, so don’t let fats, oils and grease get you down,” Patel said. “By taking these simple steps to protect your pipes and our sewage systems, you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the holidays.”

For more information on wastewater tips and treatment, see the infographics on New Jersey American Water’s website and the FOG Disposal video on the company’s YouTube channel. A printable poster with proper FOG disposal tips for restaurants and businesses can also be found here on the company’s website.

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New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people.

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About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded water and wastewater company in the United States.

The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals providing regulated and regulated drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides our customers with safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to keep their lives moving.

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