Water Wisdoms | November 2020 Newsletter
Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease Properly this Holiday Season
Pouring fats, oils, and grease down the sink can be a real pain in the drain! These items stick to the insides of wastewater pipes, causing clogs, which can lead to costly repairs and wastewater overflowing into neighborhood parks, yards, and streets. When cooking this holiday season, pour grease into metal cans and it let it harden before disposing of it in your trash can. For more tips to keep your wastewater flowing, click here to watch our Pollution Prevention video.
Did you Know?
When you think of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), bacon grease is probably the first thing that comes to mind. FOG really entails so much more, though. Gravy, soups, sauces, meat trimmings, and dairy products are a few additional examples of fats, oils, and grease that should not be poured down the drain. But can't you just run hot water with soap to prevent clogs before pouring FOG down the drain? That's actually a myth. Fats, oils, and grease still solidify in wastewater pipe, whether mixed with soap or not. For a full list of FOG examples and more pollution prevention tips, click here.
UPDATE: Construction Continues on Renewable Natural Gas Upgrade
The Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project continues to make progress with construction of biogas purification facilities. NW Natural (NWN) is also nearing completion of a renewable natural gas line that will transport renewable natural gas to an existing NWN natural gas transmission line on River Road. Upon project completion, nearly 100% of biogas, a byproduct of the wastewater treatment system, will be converted into RNG that will be injected into NWN's pipeline system and used as a renewable vehicle fuel. To learn more about the project, click here.
MWMC Sponsors Run to Stay Warm
We're excited to share that we're again sponsoring the Eugene Water and Electric Board's (EWEB) Run to Stay Warm. The race raises money for EWEB's Customer Care Program, which helps customers who are having a difficult time paying their utility bills in the winter months. A portion of funds raised this year will also benefit those affected by recent wildfires. This year, race participants will be able to complete their 5K, 10K, or half marathon anytime between November 20 and 29 at the location of their choosing. There are still a few days to register before the November 20 deadline, so sign up today to support a great cause and have fun doing it! To learn more, click here.