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Des Moines Metropolitan
Wastewater Reclamation Authority
3000 Vandalia Road
Des Moines, IA 50317

Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) Program

     The Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) Ordinance was developed in response to actions by the U.S. EPA requiring a reduction of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).  The WRA communities collectively adopted the FOG Ordiance in 2006 and have since seen a significant reduction in SSOs, FOG-related sewer blockages, and FOG buildup in the public wastewater collection system.  The ordinance requires FOG to be controlled or captured at the source (i.e. by the waste generator) using best management practices in the food service establishment, by installing grease removal devices ("grease interceptors") to capture the FOG and waste food solids, and by working with certified grease haulers to maintain/clean these grease interceptors on a routine basis.  Proper onsite management of fats, oils, and grease reduces the amount of these pollutants discharged to the publicly-owned treatment works and results in far fewer sanitary sewer blockages and overflows that adversely impact public health and the environment. 

CLICK HERE for an informative guide on requirements related to the FOG Ordinance.



Contact Information:

For questions regarding the Fats, Oil, and Grease Ordinance, please contact:
  Paul Ebert, Regulatory Compliance Team Leader - (515) 323-8133
  Jason Merk, FOG Sizing Coordinator - (515) 323-8123
  Amber Erickson, FOG Inspector - (515) 323-8021

  Erica Harris, FOG Inspector - (515) 323-8136 

  FAX - (515) 323-8063

FOG Ordinance Information

     Frequently Asked Questions

     25% Rule

     Informational Letter

     Municipal Code

Grease Haulers

     Certified Grease Haulers

     Grease Maintenance Log

Grease Interceptors

     Grease Interceptor Sizing Proposal

     Grease Interceptor Sizing Proposal Example

     Grease Interceptor Exceptions

     Typical Grease Interceptor Installation

     Grease Additives

Hood and Vent

     Hood Cleaning

Educational Materials

     English Best Management Practices (BMPs)
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     Bosnian BMPs
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     Spanish BMPs
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     Telugu BMPs
     Telugu Poster

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