Program History

General information

The Sacramento Area Sewer District (SacSewer) began planning for increased public outreach about FOG when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) was considering regulations regarding sewer systems. Initial data analysis in SacSewer’s service area indicated that a significant percentage of FOG-related problems were in residential areas. As a result, SacSewer created a groundbreaking awareness and outreach program. The program was expanded in 2004 to include a broader regional perspective and to respond to increasing regulatory requirements. The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) initially collaborated with local sewer agencies—including the SacSewer, City of FolsomCity of Sacramento, and City of West Sacramento—to create a regional outreach and educational campaign with consistent key messages, instructions, and requirements for both residents and food service establishments. “Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program Information Kits” were developed collaboratively. Regional San provided the funding for the initial design, printing, and purchase of these materials.

In the early 2000s, Regional San performed a series of data analyses and determined that because the interceptor and treatment plant system is not negatively impacted by FOG, Regional San is not required to have a FOG program under the USEPA’s Wastewater Discharge Requirements (WDR.) Pursuant to the WDR, each jurisdiction that is responsible for sewage collection from business and residents is required to evaluate FOG issues in their respective service area and therefore has the responsibility, authority and liability for the implementation of any FOG control program arising from the evaluation.

As a result of Regional San not having any FOG issues, Regional San ceased providing region-wide FOG outreach coordination in April 2009. Since 2009, SacSewer has assumed the responsibility and costs associated with maintaining the Stop the Clog website, which contains much of the same information and materials originally provided by Regional San. The information and material is available to any interested party and can be downloaded using the link below. Please note the following disclaimer.

SacSewer Disclaimer:
The FOG Control Program is sponsored by the Sacramento Area Sewer District. All content copyright © Sacramento Area Sewer District. All rights reserved. The FOG Program and associated materials were developed for the Sacramento Area Sewer District and are provided as examples only. The use of the program or these materials is the sole responsibility of the agency using them. The Sacramento Area Sewer District makes no warranties and/or guarantees, expressed or implied, as to the fitness, application, or use of the program or the materials.

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