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JEA Request Jacksonville Residents for Help to Fight Fatbergs

Jacksonville, FL (February 6, 2019) – Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) is asking for the public’s help to prevent sewage disasters by defeating fatbergs, large clotting non-biodegradable sewage.

JEA has broadcasted its mission to defeat fatbergs in city-wide email blasts, social media posts, and even created a commercial to inform the public on fatbergs and ask residents to think before they flush.

JEA explained that its Wastewater Treatment System is designed to dispose of human waste and toilet paper only. However, that doesn’t deter many residents from sending everything else down the pipes, and unfortunately, this habit only adds to the mess that eventually flows right back up.

Flushing non-flushable items not only damages your pipes and the JEA’s Wastewater Collection System, but it’s harmful to us and the environment. All the sewage that doesn’t breakdown coagulates into fatbergs and causes the backups and sewer overflows that contaminates our water supply.

JEA wrote the following in an email blast and included its creative and entertaining fatbergs video.

Click here to watch JEA’s Fatbergs Video

“We need your help to stop fatbergs! Watch our Invasion of the Fatbergs feature trailer below and share it on social media with family and friends. Then visit to vote for your favorite fatberg freak out and learn what not to flush.

It congeals, ferments and seethes beneath the streets, growing with every flush, blocking toilets and breaking sewer pipes. It’s everything you flush or put down the sink — but shouldn’t.

Preventing these insoluble monsters starts at the source. Basically, if it doesn’t come out of your body and isn’t toilet paper, then don’t flush it.

Avoid flushing baby wipes, paper towels, dental floss, tampons & sanitary pads, clumping cat litter, diapers, oil-based hand scrubs, cotton swabs and cotton balls, medicines, rags, oil or grease and cooking fat to name a few.”

Find more information about Fatbergs and learn more how you can help JEA fight the filth, save our sewage system and prevent contaminating our clean water supply by visiting and JEA’s website.

Use the following links to learn about how to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG):

Click Here for More Information on Disposing Fats, Oils and Grease

Click Here for More Information on Sanitary Sewer Overflows

By Tiziana Onstead, District 11 Executive Council Assistant