Pottstown Enacting New ‘FOG’ Regulations

SANATOGA PA – “Fats, Oil And Grease” is not a title for the newest ’50s-era rock-n-roll revival. In Pottstown and Lower Pottsgrove, though, it is the name of a soon-to-change program that helps keep gunk out of the borough’s waste water treatment operations, on which the township relies.

The federal Clean Water Act and other regulations demand that publicly owned treatment works like those in Pottstown limit, as much as possible, the amount of fats, oil and grease that enter the water. Experts say “FOG,” as its known, is expensive to remove; preventing it from seeping into Pottstown’s more than 70 miles of sewer pipe helps lower costs.

Because almost every food-producing facility deals with FOG, they operate under program permits and are subject to yearly inspection. Natural targets are places like restaurants, but schools, churches and other locations with kitchens qualify too, the borough website explains. Many must ensure grease traps attached to their sinks work properly and are regularly cleaned.

FOG regulations are periodically updated, and that’s occurring in the borough now, township Manager Ed Wagner explained to the Board of Commissioners during its meeting last Tuesday (July 5). Township waste water is treated by the borough, and Lower Pottsgrove must adopt the same updates.

Commissioners agreed to advertise the township’s intent to accept and abide by the new FOG ordinance. They plan an Aug. 18 vote on the matter.