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Utilities & Water Districts

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As a water utility you already understand the enormous structural load and financial burden that FOGs place upon our sewers, lift stations and wastewater treatment systems. FOGs from the food service industry and residences alike contribute to the 75,000 SSO events reported by the EPA every year with at least 47% of these attributable to FOG. No doubt, you are also aware that our wastewater infrastructure, given a D+ by ASCE in 2017, is in a grave state, requiring billions of dollars each year in emergency repairs, pipe rehabilitation and 24/7 maintenance.


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“Prevention is Better than Cure”
- Desiderius Erasmus

Coronavirus Impact

Emergency Actions Require Emergency Reactions

The recent COVID-19 pandemic, emergency orders to ‘Stay Home’ have incited a massive increase in home cooking shifting the burden of FOGs in wastewater away from restaurants and into residences. With wastewater disposal ordinances in virtually all jurisdictions requiring pre-treatment devices, such as grease interceptors and traps, a restaurants wastewater was, at least in part, able to separate FOGs and landfill them, alleviating some of the burden on the treatment system. People cooking at home have little knowledge about FOG control and certainly don’t have pre-treatment devices installed in their homes and so inevitably, most FOG waste will end up down the drain and accumulate in our wastewater treatment systems, causing untold damage to pipes, lift stations and WWTPs.


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During the 2008-12 recession, when people turned to home cooking to save money, SSOs caused by blocked or broken pipes and failing lift stations, resulted in the release of as much as 10 Billion gallons of raw sewage yearly, according to the EPA. And here we are again – but added to the unsanitary mix is COVID-19! If we allow untreated wastewater into the environment, on to our streets, or even backed-up into our homes, infection rates could skyrocket!

Lift Stations, SSOs & WWTPs

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Besides the obvious health risks of a deteriorating sewer system, the added FOG loading is increasing the potential for lift stations to fail. FOG coats submerged lift station pumps preventing the surrounding water to effectively cool them. The FOG coat causes a thermal runaway effect, baking more grease on to the pump quickly leading to its thermal destruction, sometimes in as little as two weeks and can lead to unsanitary overflows, costly repairs and permit violations.


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The CleanBlu Solution

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Without FOGs in your lift stations sanitation will improve as pathogens cannot thrive in an oxygen rich (aerobic) environment. And what’s more, the life of pumps, sensors and other exposed parts in the wet-well will increase bringing down maintenance costs and reducing catastrophic failures. As an additional benefit there is no need for costly and potentially damaging odor control chemicals, as the aerobic bioremediation process virtually eliminates all odors. We can help you protect the public and your customers all while significantly lowering maintenance costs, eliminating odors and demonstrating excellent environmental stewardship and world class sustainability. Don’t wait until the next backup or violation...