What’s the deal with fats, oils, and grease?

When cooking waste like fats, oils, and grease (FOG) go down the drain, it damages and clogs pipes. These clogged pipes cause sewer overflows which introduce harmful bacteria into Galveston Bay and the environment. You can protect your pipes and the Bay by throwing leftover kitchen grease in the trash and recycling your used cooking oil at an approved location.

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Introducing our new pollution reporting app!

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) has put the power of protecting your family and the Bay in your hands! The Galveston Bay Action Network mobile application for iPhone and Android allows anyone to easily report any land or water pollution within minutes. Reports are automatically sent to the proper authority, resulting in the quickest response […]

Can cooking oil go in compost piles?

As a rule of thumb, fats and animal proteins of any kind should stay out of your home compost pile. Essentially, most home piles do not get hot enough to break these materials down, creating the potential for rot in your pile. Oils also make it hard for oxygen to get through, which means your pile […]

No wipes down pipes!

You already know how to defend your drains and cease the grease, but do know not to throw wipes down your pipes?   New York City has spent millions cleaning clogs. A suburb of London’s system was shut down and streets dug up for six months to clear a 15 ton blockage in their pipes. […]

What happens when you dump grease down the drain?

This is video from inside a one of El Paso Water Utility’s sewer lines. At 17 seconds, the camera encounters a flow that has been dumping fats, oils, and grease down the drain. After it’s dumped down the drain, it hardens in the pipes and continues to grow until it eventually can cause a sewer overflow. This […]

Christmas dinner fatbergs raise flood risk, say water companies

Christmas dinner with all the trimmings could lead to congealed cooking oil and grease blocking drains up and down the country, water companies have warned. Engineers from Severn Trent Water have been digging tons of fatty gunk, which sets as hard as concrete, out of sewers in the West Midlands after reports of flooding caused […]

Cease the Grease to Protect Our Bay!

When fats, oils, and greases (FOG) go down the drain at home, they stick to pipes and harden to create blockages. Clogged and damaged pipes can lead to sewer overflows, where raw sewage can back up into your home, lawn, neighborhood, streets, and storm drains. This mess presents hazards not only to human health, but […]

Meet Hector, the latest weapon in the battle against fatbergs

A former police dog will be swapping a life of crime for a life of grime, after being picked to detect sewer blocking ‘fat bergs’. Hector, a nine-stone bloodhound, has been trained to detect fatty blockages on Southern Water’s 25,000 mile sewer network by sniffing air gaps present at ground level.

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