drainpipeFats, Oils, and Grease

Mission Statement

The FOG Program's mission is to educate the public and the Food Service Establishments (FSE) that produce the byproducts know as Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOG) on the proper capacity, management, and operations and maintenance of the wastewater collection system.

For more information, please call David James at 727-847-2411, ext. 2049.

Protecting Our Sewer Systems From FOG

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are byproducts of food preparation, meat cutting, and cooking. FOG can be found in meat fats, oils, shortening, butter, margarine, sauces, and dairy products.

When FOG is left on preparation utensils and poured down drains or garbage disposals, it can build up in our collection systems, which can result in backups into sinks, toilets and drains - both in your own, or somebody else's home. These backups pose serious public health and environmental problems - and they can be very costly too.

The first pipes that will become blocked with FOG will be your own pipes, and that could result in expensive plumbing bills. Keeping FOG out of your drains and the sewer system is good for your home's plumbing. Sewer overflows can also damage the environment and affect the health of our waterways.

Wipes Clog Pipes!

Pasco County Sanitary Sewer Collection System is a network of sewer lines, manholes, pumping stations and other structures used to collect wastewater and transport it to a treatment plant. With aging infrastructure, Pasco County is battling the problem of "ragging" - when baby wipes, diapers, dental floss, paper towels and other items not designed for flushing entangle sewer pumps.

Examples of products that you should not flush include:

  • Paper Towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Hygienic Wipes
  • Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
  • Condoms

Do not flush any items that are not designed to disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed.

Fog for Business

The Pasco County FOG Program is required to identify and verify all businesses in Pasco County that have the potential to potential to impact the wastewater collection system. The FOG Program is required to inspect businesses annually by performing unannounced on-site visits to evaluate waste management practices. The on-site visits include an evaluation of the proper capacity, management, and operations and maintenance of interceptors/pretreatment devices that impact the wastewater collection system.

  • How often must my grease interceptor be cleaned?
  • What is a grease trap / grease interceptor?
  • What is the difference between a grease trap and a grease interceptor?
  • What size grease interceptor will I need?
  • Why do I need one for my restaurant or clubhouse, we only make coffee and sandwiches?