New­town revises or­di­nance to keep res­tau­rant grease from clog­ging town­ship sew­ers

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By D.E. Sch­lat­ter

NEW­TOWN TOWN­SHIP - Be­cause many res­tau­rant own­ers and other eater­ies were not prop­erly in­stalling and clean­ing grease traps, the town­ship waste­water lines were be­com­ing clogged with fats, oil and grease, known in the in­dus­try as FOG.

Be­sides be­ing messy, this buildup can also be dan­ger­ous. iast sum­mer, a grease ex­plo­sion in a town­ship sewer line had dam­aged sev­eral cars in a shop­ping cen­ter. $FFRUGLnJ WR RI­fiFLDOs, D JUHDsH EuLOGuS from nearby eater­ies was the cause.

As a re­sult, the town­ship drafted an up­date grease or­di­nance which the Board of Su­per­vi­sors ap­proved 5-0 at their Aug. 22 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

Un­der the re­vised or­di­nance, the New­town goint Mu­nic­i­pal Author­ity is em­pow­ered to an­nu­ally in­spect restau­rants’ grease traps to en­sure that there are no buildups, and or­der busi­nesses to clean Dny PDOIunFWLRnLnJ WUDSs, RU EH finHG.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance, traps, also known as in­ter­cep­tors, must be large enough to han­dle the fa­cil­i­ties grease dis­charge, as well as be “prop­erly main­tained and func­tion­ing.”

The or­di­nance states that all com­mer­cial food es­tab­lish­ments, as well as fa­cil­i­ties pre­par­ing food, such as food courts, child care cen­ters and as­sisted liv­ing in­sti­tu­tions, must have the re­quire grease in­ter­cep­tors, if the fa­cil­ity has a “rea­son­able FhDnFH WR LPSHGH RU sWRS WhH flRw RI WhH sewer sys­tem.”

How­ever, the new law does not re­quire sin­gle-fam­ily or mul­ti­ple res­i­den­tial dwellings, such as con­do­mini­ums or apart­ment com­plexes, to in­stall these traps.

The de­vices must be placed as close to the dis­charge point as pos­si­ble, and also EH WhH SURSHU sL]H, EHWwHHn fivH DnG 50 gal­lons, to han­dle the load.

Haz­ardous wastes, such as strong clean­ers, pes­ti­cides, paints and acids can­not be flushHG GRwn WhH GUDLn. ,n DGGLWLRn, WhH use of emul­si­fy­ing treat­ments, like greasedi­gest­ing bac­te­ria, can­not be used with­out writ­ten per­mis­sion from the New­town Town­ship.

All new and ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties must also have a FOG per­mit. If the grease is hauled away by a waste dis­posal com­pany, ad­e­quate records must be kept by the res­tau­rant, in­clud­ing the num­ber of gal­lons and time the waste was re­moved. In ad­di­tion, all haulers must be prop­erly li­censed.

The new or­di­nance takes ef­fect Aug. 27.

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