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The City's Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Public Education program has been designed to reach as many local residents and businesses as possible. The City of Orange is committed to minimizing FOG and other pollutants from entering the sanitary sewer system.

Residential and commerical activities such as the disposal of cooking grease, oil, food scraps, household and industrial strength chemicals, and even pharmaceuticals into the sanitary sewer (a.k.a. plumbing drains), can have an impact on the City's and the Orange County Sanitation District's ability to protect human health and the environment. Through the reduction and potential elimination of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), the streets, surface waters, and ultimately the ocean are at less risk of containing harmful levels of bacteria, viruses or chemicals that have the potential to cause harm.

As part of the City of Orange's program to educate and assist city residents and businesses in implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce pollutants entering the sanitary sewer system, the City uses a variety of tools such as brochures, posters, videos, public service announcements, community events, commercial and industrial inspections, and partnering with other agencies to promote the FOG program. The materials available are shown below.


The educational brochures listed below have been developed for city residents through countywide programs with the goal of preventing SSOs. The brochures are free and are available from most city facilities including, City Hall and libraries. The brochures contain information that can be used by residents and businesses to educate employees, tenants, neighbors, and family members.

Sewage Spill Reference Guide (Private Property Owner): Responsibilities in Sewer response
Residential Fats, Oils and Grease Disposal Tips
Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Septic Tank System Maintenance: Proper maintenance of rural sewage disposal devices
Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Food Service Facilities: Preventing harmful restaurant activities
Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Business Maintenance: Preventing harmful business practices


Two posters are available for use.

Food Service Establishments F.O.G.
Restaurant Best Management Practices

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