One of the most important responsibilities of the
DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is protecting
the environment. When fats, oils, and greases (FOG) are released into
the wastewater collection system it causes blockages which sometimes
result in sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). SSOs occur when raw sewage
is released into the environment.
To address this environmental hazard, the DWM has
developed a FOG Program. The FOG Program consists of public education
and the implementation of a FOG Ordinance. Public education started
in 2003 and is still continuing. Public education consists of educating
our citizens on the harmful effects of releasing FOG into the wastewater
collection system and providing alternative ways to dispose of FOG. On
March 17, 2007, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) adopted
the FOG Ordinance. The FOG Ordinance outlines what food service
establishments (FSEs) must do to comply with the requirements set forth
in the FOG Ordinance.
On this Website, you can find a copy of the FOG Ordinance and
additional information pertaining to the responsibilities of each FSE and
permitting fees. We would like to thank you for your cooperation and your
patronage to DeKalb County.