The City of Tampa would like you to stop clogging its sewer system with ‘fatbergs’

‘Fatbergs’ are basically giant globs of grease and non-flushable wipes.

The City of Tampa would like you to stop clogging its sewer system with ‘fatbergs’
City of Tampa

Shit’s getting real out there, Tampa.

On April 22, Earth Day, the City of Tampa posted a plea for help, and asked Tampa to stop clogging its sewage system with “fatbergs.”

“Fatbergs,” if you’re wondering, are what happens when grease and wipes—like the non-flushable ones you’re using to wipe your ass in lieu of toilet paper—come together at pump stations and at private residences or businesses.

According to the city, recently, over a period of three days, “a department contractor removed 108 cubic yards of grease and non-flushable wipes” from the wet well at Sulphur Springs Pump Station located at 7902 N. 13th St.

“Fatbergs are an industry-wide problem and many wastewater treatment plants are redesigning wetwells to prevent fatbergs from clogging equipment at pump stations and pipes in the collection system,” the city added. “Issues at pump stations caused by fatbergs often times lead to sanitary sewer overflows at pump stations or via manholes onto public roads or sidewalks.”

Translation: If you keep flushing the damn wipes down the toilet, then you’re increasing the chance of poop water flowing through the streets or even in your own yard.

And while you do your part, the city has already spent “several million dollars” reconfiguring wet wells at three major pump stations at the treatment plant.

Lastly, if you have a slow-moving drain or “hear gurgling noises in your pipes,” the city is asking you to call it (813-898-1420) at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week, so that it can send someone to diagnose the problem.

“If it is a city-issue, we will repair it at no cost to you,” the city said. “If the problem is on your side, we will give you all the information needed to call a plumber.”

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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