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Wipes!


See the Outreach/Education/Articles section below for hot off the press news on wipes!

Dr. Oz Features "Flushable" Wipes on His 9/9/14 Show

Part 1
Part 2



"Can't Flush This" Flyers Available


Bobbi Wallace (City of Kirkland) has "Can't Flush This" flyers to share! The flyers are available in English and in Spanish and you can change the utilities logo. Please contact Bobbi Wallace, bwallace@kirklandwa.gov. Or you can download them in PDF, English and Spanish.





In-Sewer Test for Wipes

Frank Dick (City of Vancouver) and Rob Villee (Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage, New Jersey) tested out several "flushable" wipes. Contact Frank Dick if you're interested in reading about his findings, Frank.Dick@cityofvancouver.us.

Have You Seen Me? 

Flushable wipes mailed to residents: is anyone else seeing these free wipes being sent out in the mail? Yikes... and the packaging specifically says “FLUSHABLE.” If anyone has had these sent out in their service areas, please let Frank Dick know! Frank.Dick@cityofvancouver.us

 

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Mission Statement


The mission of the PREFOG Sub-Committee is to develop a regional approach for the reduction, elimination, and prevention of fats, oils, and grease in our wastewater system. Download the complete 2010 Mission, Vision & Values Statement here.

PREFOG Strategic Planning - Posted is a planning draft for members to review and prepare to discuss for the next meeting in October. These planning items were developed by the team of folks who committed at the last meeting to work on a draft action plan for PREFOG members. We hope you will review it and then the group can formalize the plan and make actions happen! Congrats to PREFOG for the excellent start and much thanks to Tom Cash for his work putting the notes and feedback together. Excellent format, Tom! Thank you.

Links and Resources

Download the PREFOG Sub-Committee Member Directory.

2013 Northwest FOG Forum

FOG 101: Basics of Fats, Oils, and Grease Management
Opportunities and Challenges in 21st Century Fats, Oils, and Grease Management
FOG One Year Notice Letter
FOG Agreement
Why Regulate FOG?
If it’s a Grease Interceptor then why not size by grease production?
Clear the FOG
Grease Interception in the Plumbing Code
Developing and Executing FOG Stakeholder Education and Training Programs
One Shoe Size Does Not Fit All: Population Density and Food Choices Are Driving Change

Clear the FOG: A Resource Guide for the Inspector

A Guide to Restaurant Grease Management, A Regulator’s Desk Reference (IRAC)
Plumbing & Drainage Institute
Grease Trap (Wikipedia)
Washington Wastewater Collection Personnel Association Study Resources
City of Gig Harbor GGI and HGI Rules and Regulations
Preferred Pumper Program (Oregon)
King County Industrial Waste Program

2012 APWA Spring Conference Material

Farm Power
IRAC Dry Cleaning 1
IRAC Dry Cleaning 2
South Plant Grease Co-Digestion Study
Co-digestion Facilities - Grease Acceptance at WWTPs
Understanding the Dry Cleaning Industry
Brown Grease to Biogas at WWTPs
FOG Chronicles

Outreach/Education/Articles
Resource Materials
  • 2011 Alderwood Water & Wastewater District Revised Resolution for Pretreatment 
  • Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District 2009 Fats, Oils, Grease Regulations
  • Best Management Practices to Fight Fats, Oils & Grease - Poster (City of Everett)
  • PREFOG Yahoo! Group: A Forum for FOG Professionals
    With increasing interest in Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) programs following the April 5 Grease Summit in Bellevue, the benefits of collaborating and sharing our experience and expertise are clearer than ever. Northwest PREFOG group members meet quarterly. Meeting more often is difficult with limited resources, many priorities, cost of travel, etc.
    APWA W. WA and PREFOG would like to highlight a potentially valuable online resource. The Yahoo! PREFOG Group is the younger sibling of the now 10-year-old Pretreatment Coordinator's Group, which provides a forum to discuss pretreatment and water quality issues among 2000+ members on three continents. On a much smaller scale, and primarily among the NW regional level, the PREFOG Group site can provide similarly fertile ground to further our collective efforts to share experiences, collaborate, and purse common FOG management objectives. 
Here are two Seattle Public Utilities Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) outreach and education flyer examples.
These are examples that other agencies are also distributing in our Westside region to sewer customers. This is a joint education/outreach campaign for fighting and reducing our FOG problems in sewers (Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Lynnwood are current participating cities).

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FOG Logos

 Austin, TX Water Utility FOG Logo Yorkshire Water, UK FOG Logo  Seattle Public Utilities FOG Logo
 Ask HR Green

San Antonio Water System


Wessex Water, UK 

 Austin, TX Water Utility FOG Logo Yorkshire Water, UK FOG Logo  Seattle Public Utilities FOG Logo
 Athens-Clarke County

Dalton Industries


Gwinnett County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Austin, TX Water Utility FOG Logo Yorkshire Water, UK FOG Logo  Seattle Public Utilities FOG Logo
 Austin Water Utility, TX
Yorkshire Water, UK
Seattle Public Utilities, WA 


Lakeport, CA FOG Logo 
Orange County Sanitation District FOG Logo  Washtenaw County, MI FOG Logo 
Lakeport, CA  Orange County Sanitation Department, CA Washtenaw County, MI 
 

GA DNR FOG Logo
Gresham, OR FOG Logo 

New Braunfels Utilities, TX FOG Logo 
Department of Natural Resources, GA   Gresham, OR  New Braunfels Utilities, TX


James City Service Authority, VA FOG Logo 
Tallahassee, FL FOG Logo
 East Bay Municipal Utility District, CA FOG Logo
 James City Service Authority, VA Tallahassee, FL  East Bay Municipal Utility District, CA

 
 Kent, WA

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