Regulatory requirements from the State of North Carolina Department of Water Quality (DWQ) mandates that municipalities take measures to reduce Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)--a violation of the EPA Clean Water Act. FOG discharged into public sewer systems is the leading cause of SSOs.
Grease buildup occurs when Fats, Oils, and Grease produced from and aided in cooking end up in the sewer system. Whether you’re a Food Service Establishment, business, or resident of the Town of Manteo who generates FOG, you play an important role in preventing Sanitary Sewer Overflows. Sanitary sewer systems are neither designed nor equipped to handle the FOG that accumulates on the interior of the municipal sewer collection system pipes.
Over 30% of North Carolina’s 1999 sanitary sewer overflows were the result of pipe blockages from FOG accumulation from residential, institutional and commercial sources. The best way to manage FOG is to keep the material out of the plumbing systems.