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FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities

The Motivation


from water.georgetown.org

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

In 2014, PPRC provided technical assistance training workshops for rural communities throughout the Northwest to reduce the harmful impacts of FOG. These one-day workshops helped communities to:FOG Logo print-01

  • 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


Additional Resources

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.

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