Potential city ordinance focuses on disposing fats, oils and grease properly

On Thursday City Council will be voting on this ordinance to help keep pipelines cleared out.

ABILENE - At the City Council's media meeting today, the problem of overflowing sewage was addressed, more specifically, fats, oils and grease, also known as "fog."

City staffs hopes that the "fog" ordinance will put this sanitary sewage overflow to a stop. The ordinance has taken three years to write. 

The main target areas are places like restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and nursing homes. 

City councilman, Robert Hanna said, "It would basically control, regulate, and provide a framework for monitoring the discharges of fats, oils, and greases into the cities septic system."

This ordinance will regulate requirements for grease traps and schedules for cleaning them out. 

"Grease builds up in sewer lines and can cause overflows into the street," Hannah said.

City staff said grease like this coats the inside of the pipelines, causing blockage. 

With this potential ordinance, violators can face penalties starting at $1,000. 

"We're under an order from TCEQ to do this, we have a contract with them that says we will do this. We've had problems in the past with overflows," Hanna said.  

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