F.O.G. is an acronym for Fat, Oil and Grease. It is harmful to the internal drainage inside the home, Westlake MUD 1’s drainage infrastructure and the environment.
F.O.G. comes from a variety of food sources, either as an ingredient of OR a byproduct of food preparation.
When these items are poured down the drain, it can accumulate and harden inside sewer pipes causing blockages, backups, and overflows. When these failures occur, it can release raw sewage into the environment which then enters our drainage channels that lead into the bayous, creeks, lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. This raw sewage carries a variety of bacteria that has a negative impact on human health, fish and wildlife.
In addition to the health impacts, it has massive financial consequences. The blockages and backups can destroy the pipes in your home as well as the infrastructure of Westlake MUD 1’s water system. This destruction can cost homeowners in home pipe repair, but also affect taxpayers by costing a district thousands of dollars in infrastructure repair expenses. The expense of continually repairing clogged pipes may ultimately impact customers’ monthly rates or property taxes.
Please remember hot water and soap DO NOT eliminate FOG because it will eventually reform in pipes.
Additionally, if standard disposal is not an option, Harris County has a recycling center where these F.O.G. items can be safely collected and disposed of, and Westlake MUD 1 residents are encouraged to take their grease, fat, and cooking oil items there.
6900 Hahl Road
Houston, Texas 77040
Recycling Center Hours
By Appointment Only
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays
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