City to begin grease trap inspection program

Beginning in mid-November 2013, the City of Sequim Public Works Department will begin a grease trap inspection program on any business or organization within the city limits that has a commercial grade kitchen. This will include, but may not be limited to, restaurants, schools, churches and club facilities.


Animal and vegetable based fats, oils and grease (FOG) from commercial facilities can be overlooked in grease traps and end up in the city sewer system. FOG can clog wastewater collection and treatment systems causing sewage spills, manhole overflows and sewage system backups in homes and businesses.


Businesses can expect a Sequim Public Works staff member to visit their facility during regular business hours sometime over the next few months to conduct the inspection.


The Sequim Public Works Department appreciates the cooperation of the local community in helping to ensure Sequim’s sanitary sewer and water reclamation facility systems are in prime working condition.  


Remember the maintenance of your establishment’s FOG trap or interceptor system is your responsibility. Keep your FOG trap or interceptors cleaned, well maintained and document your scheduled maintenance. When using any type of cleaning service make sure that you receive proper documentation from the service provider.    


Call the Sequim Public Works Department at 683-4908 with any questions.
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