What is FOG?
FOG is Fats, Oil and Grease. Certain businesses, such as restaurants and institutional
food service facilities - for example, in schools or nursing homes - may discharge
large amounts of fats, oil and grease into the District’s sewer system as a byproduct
of their operations. Large quantities of FOG have the potential to clog up the sewer
system, creating backflows or other problems that can negatively impact public health.
Most restaurants and food service facilities have a grease trap. A grease trap is
a device that captures the fats, oil and grease, preventing their discharge into
the sewer system. Grease traps must be properly maintained, and the captured FOG
properly disposed of on a regular basis. Some companies will even take the captured
FOG and, in turn, process it into biofuels.
What is the FOG Program?
The District, guided by State requirements, is launching its FOG Program. The Program
consists of an annual grease trap inspection and permitting process that all businesses
which discharge fats, oil and grease in sufficient quantities (a Qualifying Facility)
must adhere to. This will help to protect the integrity of the sanitary sewer system
by preventing backflows due to pipes getting clogged with FOG.
Do I have to participate in the FOG Program?
MSWD has identified the businesses within its service area that may be Qualifying
Facilities. If your business has been identified as such, you will receive a letter
from MSWD instructing you to call the District to schedule a free inspection of
your facility to determine whether it is a Qualifying Facility.
How much will it cost to participate in the FOG Program?
Qualifying Facilities will pay $125 in permitting and inspection fees the first
year. After that, only the annual permit fee of $75 per year is necessary.
Below are links to documents associated with the FOG Program, including forms and
applications, rules and regulations, and MSWD’s Sewer Ordinance. If your facility
is a Qualifying Facility, MSWD will contact you and guide you through the permitting
process. If you have any questions, please contact us via the contact us page on
this web site, or call Wayne Robertson at 760.329.6278.