Teaching Our Kids to Be Good Sewer Stewards

Help your students make a difference!


As an educator, you have the unique opportunity to guide children’s understanding of their environment and the effects they have on it. Proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) is one simple step they can take in making a difference.

Why should you and your students care?

When people dispose of butter, oils, fatty meat scraps and other greasy items down the kitchen drain or garbage disposal, they create a variety of sewer problems for our community and the environment:

  • Sewer backups and overflows
  • Heath and environmental hazards to local waterways
  • Costly clean up and repairs

How can you help?

Teach your students about proper FOG disposal methods. Use the prepared curriculum tips.

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Curriculum Tips

Discuss the important facts about FOG with your students!

Why is FOG a problem?

Fats, oils, and great (FOG), combined with tree roots in the sewer system, can create massive, cement-like clogs which cause more than half of the Sacramento Area Sewer District’s sewer backups and overflows. When put down the kitchen drain, FOG causes sewer problems that can result in:

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How FOG Clogs Pipes

Just as fat accumulates and causes blockages in human arteries, oil and grease solidifies and accumulates in household pipes, restricting the flow of wastewater and causing sewer backups and overflows.

How it starts: Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) separates from other liquids as it goes down your drain. The FOG cools and sticks to household pipes and sewer pipes.

A matter of time: Over time, pipes become clogged and sewage flow becomes restricted.

Nowhere to go but back: The clogged pipe eventually backs up and floods your home with wastewater. Or it causes it to overflow onto the street.

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