FOG and WDR Sanitary Sewer
To avoid these health risks, the city uses an extensive outreach program to inform residents, businesses and others that do work in the city of the potential for SSOs if FOG is allowed to accumulate in sewer lines.
These programs include the inspection of city restaurants that potentially generate FOG, the distribution of brochures, pamphlets and other media focused on providing general information to businesses and residents; and the information found here on this website and links.
FOG regulations are codified within the City of Orange's Municipal Code (OMC) Title 13 Chapter 13.66. Any person(s) in violation of this or any other ordinance is subject to enforcement as specified within the OMC. Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) should be reported immediately to (714)-532-6480 during business hours (6:30 a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Thursday and working Fridays) or to the 24-hour hotline (714) 538-1961 at any other time. Any concerns regarding Fats, Oils and Grease storage and disposal or illegal dumping issues can also be reported by using the Environmental and Water Quality Form and returning it to the Public Works Department.
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 commercial activities such as the disposal of cooking grease, oil, food scraps, household and industrial strength chemicals, and even pharmaceuticals into the sanitary sewer (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.
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 on conducting activities to minimize SSOs.
- Business Maintenance (PDF)
- Food Service Facilities (PDF)
- Residential Fats Oils and Grease Disposal Tips (PDF)
- Septic Tank System Maintenance (PDF)
- Sewage Spill Reference Guide (PDF)
Two posters are available for use:
- 2011 SSMP Audit Report (PDF)
- City Council SSMP Certification (PDF)
- Fats Oils and Grease Ordinance (PDF)
- Fats Oils and Grease Program (PDF)
- Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Plan (PDF)
- Sewer System Management Plan 2020 (PDF)
- Statewide Waste Discharge Requirements Amendments 2008 (PDF)
- Statewide Waste Discharge Requirements Amendments 2013 (PDF)
- Statewide Waste Discharge Requirements Order 2006-0003 (PDF)