About Wastewater

Every time you flush your toilet, wash your dishes, or brush your teeth, you are producing wastewater. Many things in your home result in wastewater entering the City’s collection system, including:

  • Bathtubs
  • Dishwashers
  • Showers
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Washing machines

Pollutants & FOG

Wastewater is filled with pollutants, containing substances like:

  • Chemicals
  • Egg shells
  • Fats, oils, and grease - also known as FOG
  • Food scraps
  • Human waste
  • Soaps
  • More

Anything you flush down your toilet or wash down your drain is introduced into the wastewater collection system. Because of the high levels of pollutants, wastewater requires extensive treatment before it can be released back into the environment.

The pumps inside the sewage pump station are subject to clogging due to debris being introduced to the sewage system. It is very important that the City keep the pumps free of debris to keep this critical element of the infrastructure system operational.

Graphic Showing Examples of Fats, Oils, and Greases

Prevent FOG Buildup

Here’s how to protect your sewer from FOG buildup:

  • Scrape and wipe your cooking and eating utensils first. Take a paper towel to all pots, pans and dishes with heavy grease buildup before washing-grease enters the sewer through the dishwasher too! The towel can also be composted with your food scraps.
  • Avoid in-sink garbage disposals. All food that goes into your garbage disposal (including greasy scraps) goes straight to your pipes. Use a sink strainer to trap food waste before it enters the drain. Be extremely careful what you allow down your garbage disposal - if oily or greasy food solids, compost instead.
  • For proper disposal, cool excess grease and pour into a container like a coffee can or food jar, cover, and place in the trash.