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The City of Peoria Water Quality Reports are also known as Consumer Confidence Reports. Every drop of Peoria’s drinking water is treated using modern, state of the art treatment technology. Hundreds of tests are performed each month to be certain that your drinking water meets all federal, state and local water quality standards.
FATS, OILS & GREASE (FOG)
Greasy foods can be unhealthy for your body, but did you know that fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are bad for your home's plumbing system and the public sanitary sewer system too? In addition to cooking oils and grease, the following are also considered FOG: food scraps, meat fats, lard, shortening, butter/margarine, dairy products, batters, dressings, icing, and sauces. When not disposed of properly, FOG builds up in the sanitary sewer system constricting flow, which can cause costly sewer back-ups into homes and overflow discharges onto streets.
Keep your drains clog-free with the following healthy habits:
- Can the Grease
- Pour used cooking grease into an empty soup can or other heat-safe container, and store it in the freezer. Once solidified, toss the can into the garbage.
- Scrape the Plate
- Prior to washing, wipe all pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils with a paper towel to absorb grease.
- Catch the Scraps
- Eliminate using the garbage disposal. Use a strainer to catch food scraps in your sink, then toss them into the trash.
Myths about Fats, Oils, and Grease
Is it ok to pour grease down the drain as long as I use the garbage disposal?Myth - The garbage disposal only grinds up items before passing them into your sewer pipes.
Is it ok to pour grease down the drain as long as I chase it down with dish soap?Myth - It's true that soap breaks up grease. You see it happen every time you wash your dishes. But what you don't see is what happens in your sewer pipes. Eventually, soap loses its effectiveness and grease solidifies and congeals on pipe walls.
Is it ok to pour grease down the drain as long as I run hot water?Myth - This myth is similar in logic to chasing grease down the drain with soap. Eventually, the water will cool, and the grease will solidify.
Is it ok to pour grease down the drain as long as it is a liquid at room temperature?Myth - Liquid cooking oils like canola and olive oil float on wastewater and easily adhere to sewer pipes. The oily film can collect food particles and other solids and begin to create a blockage.
Is it ok to pour grease down the drain as long as I flush it down the toilet?Myth. Flushing grease down the toilet just creates build-up in the toilet piping, drains, and sanitary sewer system.
Wipes and Personal Items
Disposable does not always mean flushable. Cleaning wipes and baby wipes do not break apart like toilet tissue. They get stuck in sewer pipes and sewer pumping equipment.
Be kind to your plumbing. Put used wipes and sanitary products in the trash. Costs for hiring a plumber to unclog your private sewer line typically range from $75 to $350. These costs do not include the time it takes you to clean up the sewage that may have backed up or the time spent calling and waiting for a plumber.
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Please send all correspondence for backflow to:
Peoria Environmental Division
ATTN: Backflow Prevention
8401 W Monroe Street.
Peoria, AZ 85345
fax: (623) 773-8490