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City's wastewater treatment facility has begun a campaign to remind folks of issues with fat, oils and grease

The city of Canby has "FOG" on the brain and hopes citizens and food service establishments do as well.

FOG stands for fats, oils and grease and can cause challenges for the sanitary sewer system and the wastewater treatment plant.

Canby's wastewater treatment plant coordinates an awareness campaign every two to three years to remind citizens and food service establishments about the potential hazards to the plant and its system through fats, oils and grease.

A new awareness campaign has begun.

Daryll Hughes, pretreatment coordinator for the wastewater treatment plant, stressed the significance of the campaign by saying, "The city of Canby is currently engaged in a public awareness campaign to mitigate the impacts of fats, oils and grease (FOG) to the sanitary sewer system and treatment plant."

Throughout the summer, people can expect to receive additional information on their utility bills, door hangers, online or directly from a wastewater treatment plant employee.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The city of Canby's wastewater treatment facility is conducting an informational campaign about the issues of dumping fats, oils and greases into the system.

Citizens and food service establishments can expect the campaign to highlight the following topics: "Fats, Oils and Grease," "Things You Can and Cannot Flush in the Toilet," and finally, "How to Help Protect Our Environment". All information will be distributed in both Spanish and in English.

Hughes went on to explain the importance for all citizens and food service establishments to be aware of FOG and its impacts.

"FOG buildup causes sewer backups, overflows, pipe corrosion and damage to the treatment plant at your expense," Hughes said. "Please help to keep our rivers healthy and avoid unnecessary maintenance costs by keeping fats, oils and grease out of our sewer system."

For more information, please call the wastewater treatment plant, 503-266-1248.


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