Masses of congealed grease and other non-flushable items found in sewer systems are often referred to as “fatbergs,” which combine the words “fat” and “iceberg” to describe the look of this greasy glacier.
Meet resident troublemaker Francis FOGberg—one of those congealed masses. Francis is so much more than a fatberg though—he’s a FOGberg—fats, oil, and grease—as well other things that should not be flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain.
When FOG enters pipes, it cools and forms blockages, which prevent wastewater from flowing efficiently. It builds up over time and collects other flushed debris like wipes, medicine, and plastic products. The clogs create backups in your home and can damage infrastructure, and ultimately, wastewater cannot be properly processed and treated to make reuse.
You’ll see Francis FOGberg out and about at community events bringing awareness to the issues FOG and other non-flushable items can cause, as well as ways you can help prevent it.
Francis FOGberg—the dirtiest guy I know.
He collects flushed stuff and prevents proper flow.
Anything you put down the drain, in the kitchen or bath,
Builds him up bigger as it crosses his path.
He’s made of fats, oil and grease, also known as FOG.
He’s the glue that makes other things stick, causing a clog.
Things like diapers, hair, dental floss, and wipes,
Coffee grounds and cigarette butts, are not good for your pipes.
Those things should be kept out of the sewer and thrown away.
Here are some small changes you can make and do every day:
Put trash, litter, and waste in its place, and grease in a can,
Medicine is hazardous, for that you’ll need a safe plan.
There are so many items to keep out of the sink
Because it can all build up faster than you think.
So, stop Francis FOGberg from his greasy caper
And only flush the three P’s, which are pee, poo, and paper.
These good habits will protect our sewers and help make reuse,
Which is great for our planet, so let’s all make this truce:
I promise to keep fats, oil, grease, and trash from going down the drain
And I commit to spreading the message of this FOG-free campaign!
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