What's the Problem?

Communities face costly and inconvenient problems with sanitary sewer systems when FOG, personal wipes, dental floss, paper towels and other items accumulate in pipes or in pumping stations. The most common way this occurs is by flushing these items down the toilet or by pouring them down the drain.

30%

The percent of sewer overflows caused each year by clogged pipes

2500+

The amount of sewer backup calls in 2018

$1.6B

Amount taxpayers have spent on improvements to the Baton Rouge sewer system

For Your Sewer System

What's Good

Baton Rouge tax payers have spent nearly $1.6B over the last ten years on their sanitary sewer system to improve environmental and public health, and allow for continued economic growth in the Parish. A sanitary sewer system IS GOOD when it works for your home, your wallet, and the environment.

What's Bad

Upgrades to sanitary sewer capacity or rehabilitation of existing pipes cannot stop sanitary sewer overflows that are a result of user-generated blockages. Placing the wrong items down your sink or toilet will result in a sewer system that breaks, costing you time, money and puts our environment at risk. That’s BAD.

For Your Drain or Toilet

What's Good

Water

Pee

Poop

Toilet Paper

That's It!

What's Bad

Baking/Cooking Grease

Oil-Based Sauces/Dressings

Cake Icing, Ice Cream, Butter & Lard

"Flushable" / Baby Wipes

Cotton Balls/Swabs

Food scraps

Cigarette Butts

Paper Towels and Napkins

Bandages and Bandage Wrappings

Latex or Rubber

Hair or Cosmetics

Fog Myths

Myth

You can wash grease down with dish soap.

Fact

While dish soap appears to break up grease in our sinks, it has no effect on sewer pipes. It allows grease to solidify into a soap-like deposit that forms in your plumbing or sanitary sewer lines, resulting in clogged pipes and expensive repairs.

Myth

Running hot tap water will help grease float into sewer pipes.

Fact

Running hot water does NOT help grease float. The water temperature eventually cools and the grease becomes solid again, forming soap-like deposits in your sewer pipes.

Myth

Pouring cooking oil that is liquid at room temperature is ok.

Fact

Cooking oil, such as olive and canola oil, floats on the surface of the water and reacts with sewage to form soap-like deposits that adhere to sewer pipes. It is best to avoid pouring oil down the drain altogether.

Myth

"Flushable" wipes are made to flush so they must not clog pipes.

Fact

These wipes do not break down like toilet paper. Ultimately, they accumulate with other debris and FOG materials to clog pipes and can cause pump stations to shut down temporarily.

Myth

Paper towels break down like toilet paper.

Fact

Paper towels are designed to clean up spills which makes them thicker than toilet paper and unable to break down in water, causing clogs in pipes and expensive problems to fix.

Myth

Anything small enough to fit down the toilet is "flushable."

Fact

Not all items that fit down the toilet are designed to safely break down in sewer systems. These materials will combine with FOG and wipes to create "fatbergs" that cause significant damage to your pipes and sewer system.

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Help us Stop the Fog

Fats, oils, and grease often come from leftovers related to food preparation, packaged foods, and food scraps, and should NEVER be put down the sink or drain. They also cause some of the most expensive and time-consuming issues with our local sewer system. These “FOG” materials stick to the inside of sewer pipes that end up restricting flow in these pipes. FOG causes soap-like deposits to form in your plumbing or City-Parish sanitary sewer lines, resulting in clogged pipes, sewer backups and overflows, and expensive repairs. These blockages may also be accompanied by foul odors, significant property damage, and harm to the environment. The next time you’re cooking with grease, remember to can the grease – contact us now for your FREE “can the grease” lid and we’ll send one your way!

Request a can the grease lid