The Macon Water Authority

790 Second Street • Macon, GA 31202-0108 • (478) 464-5600

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While pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the sink may seem harmless enough, these substances harden and eventually clog sewer lines. As a result, “FOG clogs” create sewer spills and overflows that can release untreated wastewater into our creeks, rivers, streams and lakes. Not only does that harm our environment, it can affect the rivers and streams that provide us with our drinking water. Please help protect your home’s plumbing, our sewer system, and the environment, by not pouring FOG down your drain. Instead, let grease cool, pour it into a sealed container, and throw it in the trash. Also, wipe dishes and utensils clean before placing them in the dish washer or prior to washing them in the sink. To help you keep your Holidays FOG-free, the MWA has a limited number of free, reusable grease can covers available at our headquarters for your use. For additional grease education, check out our "Learn More" link below. Learn More »


While some wet wipes are marketed and sold to consumers as “flushable” items, don’t believe it! Wet wipes actually are NOT flushable, because they do not “break up” like traditional toilet paper. They may flush, but they do not disintegrate. In fact, according to tests conducted by Consumer Reports, “flushable” wet wipes were still intact after 10 minutes following a simulated flushing. The test then placed those same wet wipes in a mixer for another 10 minutes. Still no disintegration. As a result, Consumer Reports confirms what MWA wastewater plant operators and line crews have known all along – wet wipes are NOT flushable! According to the Consumer Reports article on “Think twice about flushing wet wipes,” the bottom line is this: “Treating soiled wet wipes like disposable diapers by tossing them in a lined wastebasket will definitely keep your drain and sewer pipes clear.” For a demonstration on why you should not flush wet wipes, see the "Learn More" link below. Learn More »


While warm weather can extend into September and October and even beyond, now is the time to weatherize your home, including your water lines and irrigation systems. The following weatherization tips may save you time and money by preventing unnecessary water loss and property damage due to busted water lines, especially those hidden within irrigation systems, when freezing temperatures arrive this winter. • Tape or wrap exposed pipes with protective insulation. • Don’t forget to insulate your water heater too, especially if it is in the garage. • Drain your entire sprinkler system after watering for the last time. • Drain all outdoor faucets as well, by turning off the shut-off valve and turning on the faucets to allow the water in the line(s) to drain completely. • Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets and allow them to drain, too. • Store garden hoses in warmer places during the winter. • Always know how to shut off the main valve servicing your property, in the event a water leak or pipe burst causes flooding.


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Address
Macon Water Authority
790 Second St.
P.O. Box 108
Macon, GA 31202-0108
Phone
(478) 464-5600
Fax
(478) 741-9146
Email

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