FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities
Fats, Oils, and Grease (aka FOG) can wreak havoc on wastewater infrastructure. FOG causes sewer clogs, overflows, and backups in public and private sewer lines. And it causes breakdowns in wastewater treatment facilities.
We all pay the cost for wastewater failures. Taxpayers, utilities, and businesses pay for infrastructure upkeep and repair. This cost can be significant to cities and devastating to small towns. For example, a wastewater facility in Canby, Oregon (population 15,000), recently calculated that excess FOG costs the district and ratepayers about $4 million annually. In addition to paying infrastructure costs, we all suffer the public health costs that come from sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).
The most effective way to deal with FOG problems, in terms of economic and environmental cost, is to prevent them before they take their destructive shapes.
The Project: FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities
- Develop a FOG abatement program
- Learn more about Best Management Practices in dealing with FOG
- Access useful FOG-prevention resources and receive ongoing technical support
Workshops served rural centers throughout the Northwest:
- Oregon: La Grande, The Dalles, Medford, Lincoln City
- Washington: Wenatchee, Burlington, Spokane
- Idaho: Idaho Falls, Caldwell, Lewiston
- Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks
Check out our page of Additional Resources for FOG Prevention Training. Whether you’re a pumper, plumber, restaurant manager, or inspector, you’re sure to find useful resources about state sewer codes, preferred pumper programs, and best management guides.
The resources to carry out this training project were generously provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.