In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our citizens, a Civil Emergency has been declared in the City of Jackson to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As a precaution, City Hall and all non-essential city government offices, including our Senior Community Centers and Early Childhood Development Centers will be closed until March 31, 2020. Public gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. Bars have been ordered to close and restaurants may only operate as take-out, drive-through, or delivery service only. Please continue to exercise proper hygiene and social distancing. Information for more resources may be found here.

F.O.G. Control Program

Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program

The City of Jackson, Mississippi is partnering with local Food Service Establishments (FSEs) to help educate business owners on the importance of keeping fats, oils and grease —or FOG— out of the City’s sewer system. The FOG components congeal as the material moves through the sewers and can cause line blockages or sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). Sewer maintenance activities to alleviate FOG problems require significant resources.

In an effort to help combat this issue, the City has launched a new Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program (FOG Program). This outreach is one part of the City’s efforts to meet the requirements of its Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the volume and frequency of sewer overflows.

Without proper management practices, FOG will accumulate in sewers. Restaurants and other food service establishments can be fined, and water and sewer service can be interrupted, due to these blockages and backups. The City of Jackson Code of Ordinances now includes FOG control provisions, and in some cases Food Service Establishments may be held financially responsible for damages resulting from blockages and backups.

The Jackson FOG Program is designed to educate FSEs and the public on the importance of FOG control, provide information on Best Management Practices (BMPs) to keep FOG out of the sewer system, and help to enforce proper FOG management practices.

Grease control devices --grease traps or grease interceptors-- are required to collect all grease generated by the establishment on the premises. Grease enters food service establishments grease traps from dishwashers, sinks, floor drains and dumpster pads. Grease traps and grease interceptors are used to recover the grease and protect the sewer lines. Blockage of sewer lines occurs when these grease control devices are not maintained properly. Proper maintenance requires the entire contents of a grease trap to be removed weekly or monthly as needed and disposed by a licensed waste hauler.

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