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Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Characterization, FOG Control Program Development and Implementation

Project Highlights
  • Assisted in the development of 8 FOG control ordinances
  • Developed kitchen best management practices (BMPs) and grease interceptor inspection procedures and forms
  • Performed FOG characterization studies involving sewer line hot spot and source identification for 13 cities/districts
  • Inspected over 16,000 FSEs, including for kitchen BMPs implementation
  • Inspected over 7,000 grease interceptors and grease traps
  • Currently managing 4 FOG control programs under contract, including FSE permitting, compliance inspections, CCTV monitoring, and grease interceptor inspections

EEC Environmental (EEC) was one of the firms who helped pioneer solutions to the issue of FOG-related sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in California. Beginning in 2003 with the study of the essential building blocks of successful FOG programs, EEC has been an expert and key player in efforts to address FOG issues and help agencies to better manage their sewer systems to prevent SSOs.

EEC’s FOG services run the gamut from complete FOG program and ordinance development to sewer system management plan review. EEC has completed FOG characterization studies for more than a dozen cities and wastewater districts and has managed, under contract, FOG control programs for 10 cities and districts in California. These cities and water districts have turned to EEC for complete development of the FOG program, performance of all compliance inspections, and initiation of enforcement activities. As part of the program development, EEC develops kitchen BMPs and grease interceptor guidelines, including variance procedures, for FSEs, which are by far the largest contributor of FOG to sewer systems. Those agencies that EEC has assisted in getting their FOG program off the ground now use EEC on an ongoing basis to issue permits, conduct FSE inspections, and provide follow-up enforcement services.