The Town of Surf City adopted a Fats, Oils & Grease Control Ordinance in 2009 to curb sewer system overflows from accumulation in lines. The ordinance applies to restaurants and other non-residential facilities where food is prepared or served.
When cooking fats, oils and grease are poured down the drain, they tend to collect and stick to household plumbing and sewer lines. Over time blockages occur that lead to sewer backups, sometimes causing sewage to overflow from plumbing fixtures or sewer system manholes.
The FOG Control Ordinance requires food preparation and service facilities to control fats, oils and grease with properly size grease interceptors that are cleaned regularly.