An edition of: WaterAtlas.orgPresented By: USF Water Institute

Water-Related News

‘Fatbergs’ are clogging up cities’ pipes. Here’s what one Florida town is doing about it

With people flushing personal hygiene items down the toilet doing damage to sewer lines — most recently in Bradenton — the city of Jacksonville has come up with a creative way to warn residents about the danger they are causing.

The globs clogging and breaking sewer lines are nicknamed “fatbergs” a large accumulation of baby wipes and other personal hygiene items ,mixed with greases and cooking fats. The city of Jacksonville spends up to $800,000 annually to address the globs of mess.

In an effort to inform the public in Jacksonville and elsewhere, JEA Utilities, the largest community-owned electric and utility company in the United States, released a horror movie trailer spoof titled, “What goes down, might just come back up.”