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Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) - Business

Nationwide 30 to 35% of all sanitary sewer overflows are caused by fats, oils and grease blockages.
Animal and vegetable-based oil and grease often enter the wastewater collection system in the liquid form. An important property of oil and grease is its ability to separate and float on water (hydrophobic compounds). Once in the wastewater collection system these fats, oils and greases cool and solidify. The grease begins to accumulate on the sewer pipe surfaces, eventually causing a clog in the sewer pipe. These blockages in subsequent overflows are unsightly and cleanup is time-consuming and costly. Sewage backups present a potential health hazard as raw sewage may carry harmful bacteria, viruses, and pathogens.
Therefore, the Utility has established uniform permitting, maintenance and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of grease from food service facilities into the Utility's sanitary collection system. The forms below can be printed and filled out to be emailed or faxed back. 

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