FOG (Grease Abatement) & Pretreatment
What is FOG?
Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOG) should never be put down the drain. FOG can clog sewer pipes, both on your property and in the city’s sanitary sewers. Detergents, hot water, or chemicals do not remove or “eat up” grease. They merely soften it, or temporarily dissolve the grease, only to solidify downstream. Over time, the sewer pipes will become completely blocked. These blockages can lead to sewer overflows and backups that may cause health hazards, threaten the environment, or cause damage to home interiors.
Simples Steps to Tackle the Grease in your Kitchen
- Put oil and grease in covered collection containers, allow to solidify, and throw away in the trash.
- Scrape food scraps from dishes into the trash and avoid using the garbage disposal.
- Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles by letting them cool first and then scrape and wipe the grease into the trash.
- Pre-wash dishes with cold water before placing in the dishwasher.
- Cover kitchen sink with a catch basket and empty into the trash.
The Industrial Pretreatment Program is designed to regulate the discharges of industrial wastewater by applicable federal, state, and local regulations. The regulations are in place to protect the wastewater treatment plants from pollutants that can cause an upset or pass through. The program also protects the infrastructure of the wastewater collection system for safe operation and maintenance.