Residents Asked to Properly Dispose of FOG After Fatty Mass Blocks City Sewer Line

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October 7, 2021

MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw is asking residents to avoid pouring fats, oils and greases (FOG) down the drain.

A mass of FOG that also contained wipes and other sanitary products temporarily blocked a 24-inch sewer line in Moose Jaw on October 5, threatening the sewer services of thousands of residents. Crews were able to use water jets and a large vacuum to break down the mass within hours, avoiding sewer backups.

“Proper disposal of fats, oils and greases will greatly reduce the chances of these masses forming in our sewer lines,” said Darrin Stephanson, Director of Public Works. “We ask all residents to put those materials in the trash instead of down the drain or flushed down the toilet.

The City also asks residents to put wet wipes, cosmetic wipes and feminine hygiene products in the garbage. Even wipes that are promoted as “flushable” still take a long time to break down and can cause sewer blockages.

Examples of FOG include:

  • Gravy
  • Butter
  • Bacon grease
  • Shortening/lard
  • Any cooking oil

Repeated instances of FOG poured down the drain could result in clogged drains/toilets, raw sewage backups into your home or, as was the case in Moose Jaw this week, a massive blockage potentially affecting thousands of residents.