Fats, Oils & Grease

The City of Springfield has implemented a Fat, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management plan.  This program applies to all Food Service Establishments (FSEs) that discharge wastewater into the City of Springfield wastewater collection system.  The FOG Management Plan requires compliance with the current adopted International Plumbing Code, plan review, permitting, and inspection of all FSEs.

Purpose & Intent

There are two primary purposes of the FOG Program. 

  1. Protect the City wastewater collection and treatment systems, equipment, and staff from FOG wastes that damage equipment and interfere with the ability of the wastewater collection system to adequately convey wastewater from the source to the wastewater treatment facilities.  
  2. Reduce and/or eliminate sanitary sewer overflows due to FOG accumulation interference within the wastewater collection system.

The objective of the FOG management program includes, but is not limited to:

  • The minimization of the introduction of and/or removal of FOG and other soluble material associated with food preparation discharged to the city wastewater collection system.
  • Provide effective means of interception and removal of FOG and associated soluble material through proven effective FOG interceptors and Grease Recovery Units.
    • The program shall apply only to commercial food preparation establishments connected to the City wastewater collection system.

The program shall also apply to any commercial facility where the City of Springfield wastewater collection system is available and reasonably accessible, whether connected to the wastewater collection system or not.

Compliance & Enforcement
Thorough periodic inspections of grease control equipment by checking the structural state of grease traps.
Record checks of an inside grease interceptor with licensed haulers to establish compliance of the Springfield wastewater code.
Inspections of the sampling manhole to regulate effluent wastewater discharge of the food service establishments.