Sparwood’s sanitary sewer system plays an important role in good health and hygiene by collecting wastewater from homes and businesses

Wastewater is any flow from sinks, toilets, or appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.  It is collected from your home then transported through a network of pipes and lift stations to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The treatment plant cleans the wastewater before it is released to the Elk River.

You can help keep our sewer system s running properly by not pouring liquid fats, oil and grease down kitchen sinks.

Fats, Oil and Grease

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are by-products of cooking which can solidify in sewer pipes and cause sewage to back up into your house. FOG includes foods such as:

  • meat fats
  • lard
  • cooking oil
  • butter and margarine
  • sauces

You can help prevent the clogging of sewer lines by properly disposing of FOG. Scrape your plates clean before washing or placing in the dishwasher. Wipe grease from frying pans with a paper towel and place it in your waste bin or store your small amounts of fats, cooking oil and grease in disposable containers to be thrown out later with your garbage.  Don't pour grease down your kitchen sink (adding soap or hot water doesn’t make a difference).