The City of Asheboro’s “F.O.G.” program has been in effect since 2003. The program’s main goal is to prevent the accumulation of cooking grease in the sanitary sewer system. The City currently has over 150 food service establishments participating in this program. The purpose of the program is to enable the City to comply with applicable federal/state laws and to aid in the prevention of sanitary sewer overflows and/or blockages.
A leading cause of sewer blockages across North Carolina is the accumulation of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in the sanitary sewer systems.
Every day in household and commercial kitchens, large amounts of fats, oils and grease are produced. These by-products of cooking are not good for the sanitary sewer system. Over time they begin to stick to the sides of the sewer lines and build up, eventually causing a backup. The blockages cause sanitary sewer overflows into local waterways and backups into nearby homes and businesses. The maintenance cost associated with the blockages is passed along to all sewer rate payers. This additional cost would be unnecessary if the problem did not exist. Clearly, the prevention of grease entering into our sanitary sewers is the key to our problem.
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