Paul Kramer of Gresham, Oregon, joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss a subject too infrequently discussed: Fats, Oils and Grease, or FOG. Paul walks us through what FOG is and how it gets into the sewer system and disrupts the system’s operation. He then discusses elements of a FOG program, including the extensive internal and external communication necessary, and what a FOG program launch entails. If you’d never heard about FOG before, or even if you had, this episode will be a real eye-opener.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- What FOG is
- Why FOG is important
- How FOG creates blockages in sewer lines leading to sanitary sewer overflows, combined sewer overflows, sewer pipe degradation, increased sewer bills and more
- What a FOG program is
- The legal authority on which a FOG program can be based
- How to set up a FOG program
- The other city departments with which Paul interfaced when setting up the FOG program
- How Paul undertook outreach to his “customers” in the FOG program
- Why it takes about 3 years to see results from a FOG program
- Why FOG program compliance is easier than you think
- FOG disposal
- The use of FOG in energy production
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- City of Gresham, Oregon, FOG Program website
- Paul’s email: Paul.Kramer at GreshamOregon.gov
- FOG Ordinance (San Antonio Water System)
- New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission website listing large number of FOG resources
- EPA website on recycling FOG, including energy production
Click here to download the Transcript for Session 62 of The Water Values Podcast.
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