FOG Mission Statement

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s (ECUA), Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Program embodies the commitment to protect the environment from pollution and prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) through community awareness and education programs.

The Program’s goals are to:

Educate the public and Food Service Establishments on by-products known as FOG.

Clean the environment by limiting Sanitary Sewer Overflows.

Unify the community and Food Service Establishments to have the same goal.

Acknowledge the FSE’s that comply with the standards of ECUA with a Protector of the Environment award.



The ECUA maintains and operates 895.5 miles of gravity main pipes throughout Escambia County. To keep the pipes clean and free-flowing, the ECUA must control Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), a condition whereby untreated sewage is discharged into the environment prior to reaching a wastewater treatment facility. SSOs are primarily caused by blockages in the sanitary sewer lines.

ECUA has determined grease blockages of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are a major contributor of SSOs. When grease is disposed in the sewer system it cools, solidifies, and accumulates in the pipes restricting flow. Increased concentrations of FOG are found in the wastewater discharged from food service establishments (FSEs).

To address the problem, ECUA has introduced a Grease Control Program (GCP), working with local FSEs on how to properly dispose of impurities and reduce the number of sewer pipe blockages and SSOs. This program is pursuing to eliminate SSOs and encourage businesses to comply with the Clean Water Act.
ECUA provides the FSE Grease Control Manual to each FSE, which is designed to help businesses understand and comply with the requirements of the GCP.


Requirements for Food Service Establishments

• Complete and submit Fog Application/Permit (Within 90 days from letter date).

• Ensure grease interceptor/trap is functioning properly and submit Grease Interceptor/Trap Inspection checklist.

• All users shall service their interceptors by pumping as necessary, so as not to exceed the 25% Rule or at a frequency determined by ECUA.

• We recommend that Food Service Establishments perform a stick test a minimum of once per month to confirm compliance with the 25% Rule.

• Grease traps shall be cleaned at a minimum frequency of once per week or more often, if deemed by ECUA.

• Grease Hauler Manifest must be filled out completely and accurately.

• Grease Haulers Manifest must be returned to the ECUA within 10 days of cleaning grease interceptor/trap.

• Retain all records of training, grease interceptor/trap maintenance and pumps outs for a minimum of three years. The FOG generator is responsible for any FOG discharge into the sanitary sewer system.


Grease Haulers Manual

Fats, Oils, and Grease Discharge Application Form

FOG Training Tracking Form

FOG Training Development Form

Grease Hauler Manifiest Form

Grease Hauler Manifiest

Resolution 08-10

Florida Building Code Chapter 10



Best Management Practices

Grease Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practices that will reduce the amount of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), which enter the sewer system from your food service establishment.

The following pages give examples of BMPs that will reduce the amount of grease entering the sewer system from your food service establishment. It also gives examples of harmful practices that you should avoid because they increase the amount of grease entering the sewer system.

High oil and grease concentrations can be lowered by minimizing the amount of food being discharged down all drains (including those attached to two or three compartment sinks and automatic dishwashers). The least expensive alternative that can be used in reducing grease in the sewer is improved kitchen management practices.

• Never empty waste from a deep fryer into a floor drain.
• Scrape or wipe fat, oil, grease, and other food residue from cookware, utensils, etc., before washing or placing in dishwasher.
• Use paper towels to wipe down work areas.
• Use food grade paper to soak up oil and grease under fryer baskets.
• Use kitty litter to absorb spills, then sweep and dispose in trash.
• Collect and empty grill scraping and fryer vat grease in grease recycling container.
• Do not put food or liquid food, including dairy products, milk shake syrups, batters and gravy down the drain.
• Empty grease containers before they are completely full to avoid spilling.
• Use detergents, not soaps (soaps contain oil).
• Use strainers designed for sinks in your facility to capture as much of the solid material as possible.
• Use garbage disposals as sparingly as possible. Food particles that pass through the grinder may be trapped in the grease trap, and will require maintenance. Those particles that do not get trapped will pass through to the sewer collection system, where they may cause a blockage, and/or may result in fees assessed to your facility.

Following these simple guidelines along with having a correctly sized and properly functioning grease interceptor will reduce the amount of FOG discharged to the sewer system.


Questions and Answers

Who is required to be included in the FOG Program?
All Food Service Establishments are required to be included in the FOG Program.
Restaurants, hospitals, schools, prisons, department stores, mall food courts, bakeries, churches, delicatessens, caterers, etc.

What is the Fee for the Fats, Oils and Grease Program?
There is presently a monthly administrative fee of $25.00 per month, which is added to the water bill of the FOG producer.
Note: To review violations, see Resolution 08-10.

How often should a grease interceptor be pumped and cleaned (outside in the ground)?
If 25% or more of the grease interceptor‘s capacity is filled with grease and floating solids, it must be pumped and cleaned immediately.

What will happen if a Food Service Establishment (FSE) fails inspection? 
An ECUA Compliance Inspector shall re-inspect the FSE within 10 calendar days. The FSE shall be charged a re-inspection fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

How often should a grease trap be cleaned (under the FSE’s sink)?
A grease trap shall be cleaned at least once a week; in some case depending on the volume of business the FSE shall clean it every day.

How often will an ECUA Compliance Inspector Visit an FSE?
An ECUA inspector will inspect an FSE approximately every 90 days.

Who shall I contact if I have question about ECUA’s FOG Program?
Customer Service at (850) 476-0480.



ECUA Approved Hauler Program

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Preferred Hauler Program (PHP) are select vendors that pump out and dispose of grease trap/interceptor contents that meet certain criteria established by ECUA. Standardized procedures increase the likelihood that grease traps/interceptors are cleaned correctly, and reduce fats, oils and grease (FOG) into the sewer system.

FOG generators are encouraged to use vendors in the PHP. When generators use a vendor in the Program, the hauler will assume responsibility for submitting completed pump out reports. Also, grease trap inspections will be focused on the haulers performance in maintaining the trap and most discrepancies could be addressed to the hauler not the generator.

PHP Benefits

• PHP list provided to all FOG Generators.
• Preferred Haulers will assume responsibility for completing and submitting pump out reports and accept consequences for discrepancies.
• Submission of required paperwork.
    --  Acceptable disposal method documentation.
    --  Acceptable grease trap maintenance performance.
    --  A commitment to the service of their customers as well as the FOG program


Approved Haulers List

Requirements for Approved Haulers