FATS, OILS & GREASE (FOG)
The City of Tarpon Springs would like to introduce you to our Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management Program. One of the major point sources of pollution to our waterways is sanitary sewer overflows, often caused by blockages or clogs attributed to the accumulation of fats, oils, and grease. In fact, wastewater discharges containing high concentrations of fats, oils, and grease have contributed to more than half of the sanitary sewer overflows observed in the City’s wastewater collection and transmission system since 2002. In most cases, these overflows are preventable.
Fats, oils and grease enter the sewer system when not properly removed from the waste-stream prior to discharge into the sanitary sewer system. This material is largely generated by facilities that cook, prepare and/or package food or beverages for sale or consumption, on or off-site. Waste fats, oils, and grease are frequently, and often inadvertently, poured down the sink drain. Fats, oils and grease also routinely enter the sanitary sewer system as a result of normal kitchen operations, including the facility’s washing of dishes, silverware, and pots and pans.
To effectively improve the problems associated with fats, oils and grease, the City of Tarpon Springs has developed a Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management Program, which includes a change to the city code in the form of an Ordinance.
Ordinance #2006-23 received approval of the Board of Commissioners at two separate readings and was formally adopted on July 11, 2006 became fully effective on October 09, 2006.
The purpose of the FOG Management Program is to:
Minimize the introduction of fat-soluble wastes to
the City’s sanitary sewer system.
Prevent sanitary sewer blockages associated with the accumulation of FOG and effectively improve sewer service.
Enable the City to comply with all applicable State and Federal laws including the Clean Water Act.
Establish uniform permitting, maintenance, and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of FOG from FSE discharging to the City’s sanitary sewer system.
To facilitate your participation in the program, the City has created downloadable versions of its Commercial Wastewater Discharge Permit (CWDP) Application form and other pertinent forms and informative material.
We encourage you to become familiar with the information contained on this site. If you should have any questions concerning the Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management Program or need assistance completing any of the forms, FOG Program staff members are available to answer your questions by calling (727) 942-5616. Your cooperation and assistance in this program is appreciated.
Springs Grease Management Program
FOG Management Program Ordinance
Design and Performance Criteria
Commercial Wastewater Discharge Permit (CWDP) Application
Grease Waste Hauler Registration Form
In-ground Grease Interceptor Cleaning and Disposal Log
In-ground Grease Interceptor Maintenance Log
Under-sink Grease Trap Cleaning and Disposal Log
Under-sink Grease Trap Maintenance Log
Oil / Water Separator Cleaning and Disposal Log
Oil / Water Separator Maintenance Log
Pumping Variance Application Form
Quarterly Report Form
Gray Water Return Authorization Form
Best Management Practices