S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 14: Fear the FOG (Part 1)

| by Aerobe and Robust
S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 14: Fear the FOG (Part 1)

Savannah Mitchell felt her heels sink into the moist, mushy ground and was glad she’d changed into her serviceable, waterproof wellies. Overflow from the zoo’s pumping station that usually moved mass quantities of wastewater to the municipal treatment plant had turned the beautiful grassy courtyard into squishy, smelly goo overnight.

This messy development came on the heels of the zoo’s most successful season ever. A popular series of promotional programs had attracted record numbers of delighted visitors, brought capacity crowds to the zoo’s restaurants—and resulted in an obviously overwhelmed pumping station.

“Luckily the zoo is closed on Mondays,” Savannah thought to herself as she jotted notes on her tablet. “That gives us a day to mobilize our strategy for dealing with this mess.” She reached for her cell phone to summon key staff members to an emergency meeting, but it slipped from her grasp. She watched in horror as it fell toward the gunk at her feet.

Before it could hit the ground, a blue and silver mechanical arm scooped it from the air and handed it to her.
“Thank you so —” Savannah looked up, stopped mid-sentence, and frankly stared at the tall bionic figure a foot or so off the ground in front of her.

The figure said cheerfully, “Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.”

In her decade of leadership at various zoos, Savannah had seen more exotic creatures than most people, but this was a first. She recovered her composure, “No, sorry to seem rude, but the zoo is closed today and I wasn’t expecting anyone but my staff, especially not a, er—well, what exactly do you call yourself?”

“My name is Robust or Rob for short,” Rob answered, “I am a Bio-Microbics Onsite Treatment Specialist or B.O.T.S. I was passing overhead, and because I was traveling downwind, I could definitely sense that you had a predicament down here. I thought I might be able to help.”

“I’m Savannah Mitchell, zoo director. If you can shed some light on why our pumping station isn’t, I’m very pleased to meet you.” She hesitated, “I’ve never seen a B.O.T.S. before.”

Rob asserted cheerfully, “Well, if you had seen one of us before, you probably wouldn’t have your current problem. I can already tell that there was an overflow in your pumping station, most likely caused by a clogged pipe. Do you mind if a take a look? Have you turned off all water sources?”

“Yes, the water’s off. I had just arranged for landscapers to come and repair this lawn and I was heading back to the pumping station to meet some of my maintenance crew there.“

As they walked along, Savannah kept jotting things on the tablet. Rob commented, “Your to-do list just seems to be getting longer.”

“Well, you know what they say about a zoo director.” Savannah smiled and looked down at her messy boots, “‘The muck stops here.’ Zoo humor. We find it helps us cope with situations like this.”

Rob chuckled appreciatively as he removed the top of the pumping station and directed his flashlight beam on the different pipes to check them.

“I think I’m right. Take a look,” he said to Savannah and the maintenance workers gathering around the pumping station. He aimed the flashlight beam into the pipe. “There is so much buildup of fats, oils, and grease on the floats that they are stuck. These floats are a major piece of the pump station because they determine when the pump is to turn on and off. Everything that flows into the pump station is now all over your grass.”

“Yes, I can see it,” Savannah responded, “Ugh, this looks like a huge problem. Does this mean the zoo will have to be closed a long time?”

“Actually not,” Robust replied, “The initial cleanup might be messy, we will need a pumper truck in here for the immediate removal. The current buildup inside the pump station can be fixed easily with the Mighty Mike™ FOGHog® Tablets.

“Did you say ‘fog’?” Savannah asked.

“Yes, FOG, F-O-G—it stands for fats, oil, and grease. Mighty Mike™ FOGHog® Tablets devour them all,” Robust explained.

“But we have to be very careful of any products we use here because of the animals,” Savannah cautioned.
“Oh, no worries,” Rob assured her. “The tablets are composed of class 1 bacteria, which by definition means they are non-pathogenic to humans, animals, or plants. The tablets can work in either aerobic or anaerobic conditions, so they’ll do fine in your pumping station, consuming waste and breaking fat down naturally so it doesn’t build up. It can cut grease buildup up to seventy percent.”

“Wow,” Savannah said impressed, “How do we use them?”

“Well, first, we need to remove the FOG buildup; you can dissolve 1-2 tablets in water and pour it onto the floats for immediate use.”


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