A sewage backup is the overflow of sewage from equipment or plumbing facilities within a food service operation. Sewage is liquid waste that contains animal or vegetable matter in suspension or solution and may also include liquids containing chemicals in solution. Clear water waste (i.e. ice bin/machine drainage, condensation from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment) is not considered sewage. The Sewage Backup in a Food Service Operation fact sheet provides information to food service operators on how to prepare for and respond to a sewer backup within the operation, including guidance on proper cleaning and disinfecting affected areas prior to resuming normal operations.
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