FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) Program
What Cypress Citizens Can Do to Keep Cypress' Sewers Fat-Free
In an effort to prevent the introduction of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) into the City’s sanitary sewer system and prevent sewer system blockages that can result in sewage spills, the City has developed a FOG program. The FOG program is intended to increase the awareness of operators of local food service establishments, and their employees, about measures that they can take to limit or prevent the introduction of fats, oils and grease into the drain and the sanitary sewer system.
Recently adopted State regulations have made it mandatory for all cities to develop programs to regulate the activities of food service establishments especially the disposal of grease. Consequently, all local food service establishments are required to comply with these regulations which include applying for annual permits, undergoing annual inspections of their facilities, ensuring that cooking equipment is maintained, ensuring proper maintenance of any existing grease collection equipment, and implementation of best management practices.
All food service establishment operators are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program Manual on the City of Cypress website. This document is available in a PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking on the Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program Manual link. This document will provide you with a greater understanding of the requirements of the FOG program. Other documents relative to the City of Cypress FOG Program include the following:
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Public Outreach
This is a presentation that describes the Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) program. It will provide information on the different ways that your food service establishment (FSE) can comply with the FOG Ordinance and ultimately obtain a FOG Permit
Grease Barrel Collection Log Form 219-5 (to be completed to record grease collection pick up times and volumes)
Fats, oils and grease, also called FOG in the wastewater business, can have negative impacts on sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems. A large percentage of sanitary sewer collection system blockages can be traced to FOG. Blockages in the sanitary sewer collection system are serious, causing sewage spills, manhole overflows, or sewage backups in homes and businesses.
Knowledgeable municipal pretreatment staff, working with business owners, can effectively prevent oil and grease buildup, and associated problems,for both the sewerage agency and the restaurant owner.
For more information regarding the fats, oils and grease manual, please call the Department of Public Works
at (714) 229-6740.