Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)

Fats, oils, and grease, collectively known as FOG, are found in most kitchens and Food Service Establishments. Waste FOG is generated during the food preparation and when kitchenware and equipment is cleaned. The discharge of FOG to the sanitary sewer system is a problem because FOG can accumulate in the sewer pipes and cause a sewage backup or overflow resulting in significant hazards to public health, property damage, and/or damage to the sewer system itself.

Information is provided on this web page to define the FOG control requirements and recommendations required of Food Service Establishments within the City of Muscatine’s Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) service area.

The Legal Authority for the City of Muscatine to implement a Wastewater FOG Control Program is supported by the Federal General Pretreatment Regulations, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements, and the Muscatine City Code (PDF).

Compliance requirements will be imposed under this program. These requirements include installation of a grease trap or interceptor (PDF), regular trap/interceptor cleaning and maintenance (PDF), permitting, and inspection.

All Food Service Establishments in Muscatine are required to fill out a Grease Discharge Application (PDF) and return it along with appropriate fees to the City of Muscatine Finance Department prior to opening for business.

Best Management Practices Manual (PDF)

Grease Discharge Permit Exemption Application (PDF)

Guide to Grease Interceptors (PDF)

Information for Plumbers (PDF)

Approved List Septic-Commercial Haulers (PDF)