PREFOG / Wastewater

Committee Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the PreFOG & Wastewater Committee is to develop a regional approach on technical, utility management, and regulatory issues that affect planning, building, and maintaining of wastewater utilities, with an emphasis for the reduction, elimination, and prevention of fats, oils, and grease in our wastewater system.

Chair:   Julie Dufresne, 360-528-5725juliedufresne@lottcleanwater.org

Co-Chair:    Greg Galloway, ggalloway@awwd.com

                     Andria Swann, andrias@sumnerwa.gov

Meetings

Upcoming  Actions:

We meet several times a year, usually during the months of March, July, and October, from 10-Noon. In 2020 we incorporated online meetings, which has improved networking with peers. When we return to in-person meetings, we will continue to incorporate the online option as well. In person meetings will alternate between locations in Olympia, Lynnwood, Sumner, and Tacoma.

  • Next Meeting:  Date and time are TBD (Aug or Sept 2021). This meeting will be online using Zoom.

If you would like to present or host one of our future meetings, or if you have any suggestions for future topics of discussion, or technology/business you would like to learn more about, please contact Julie Dufresne, Greg Galloway, or Andria Swann and let us know.

Training Opportunities

Check in for future training opportunities

Past Meetings

2021

2020

2019

  • 11/13/19 @ City of Sumner, Sumner
  • 07/17/19 @ Alderwood Water & Wastewater District in Lynnwood
  • 04/24/19 @ APWA Spring Conference, Tacoma
    • This was our first time hosting the meeting during an APWA Conference to attempt and reach more people in public works. It was not well attended.

2018

  • 10/24/18 @ Kitsap County Public Works Annex, Bremerton
    • Presentation by Lauren Huey, SwiftComply FOG Management Software
    • Presentation by Ed North, OnlineRME, Pumper Management Software
    • Open Discussion on FOG Codes and Enforcement
  • 07/11/18 @ LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia
    • Presentation by Jerry Ruthruff, Advance Technology Solutions - GREASEwatch Monitoring System
    • Open Discussion
  • 02/21/18 @ LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia

2017

  • 11/30/2017 @ Oldcastle Precast, 2808 A Street SE, Auburn WA 98002
    • Presentation by Oldcastle Precast
    • Facility Tour
  • 10/11/17 @ Center for Urban Waters, 326 East D Street, Tacoma
  • 07/19/17 @ Trenchless Pipe Repairs, 13701 24th St E STE F-10, Sumner
    • Presentations by Vortex Infrastructures:
    • Trenchless Pipe Repairs
    • WinCan, 300 Cedar Ridge DR STE 308, Pittsburgh PA 15205
    • Quadex Lining Systems9155 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77029
    • Staf Technologies, 3791 S 300 W. South, Salt Lake, UT 84115
  • 02/22/17 @ LOTT Clean Water Alliance, 500 Adams St NE, Olympia
    • Presentation by OnlineRME LLC, 814 Airway Avenue,  Sutherlin, OR 97479
    • Minutes: Feb 22, 2017 Minutes

News Bulletins

California Proposes Law - Single Use Wipes Must be Labeled Unflushable!

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies is proposing a Bill that will require all single-use wipes to be clearly labeled as Non-Flushable. If passed, the new law would take effect on or after January 1, 2021. To read more about the proposed Bill, use the links below.

CASA - Wipes Labeling

CA Leg. Bill # 1672

Do Not Flush Public Service Alerts!

Let's give Florida kudos for their great video on what shouldn't be flushed, and what happens when you do. This one is worth checking out:

Invasion of the Fatbergs!

Wipes!

See the Outreach/Education/Articles section below for hot off the press news on wipes!

In-Sewer Test for Wipes

Frank Dick (City of Vancouver) and Rob Villee (Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage, New Jersey) tested out several "flushable" wipes. Contact Frank Dick if you're interested in reading about his findings, Frank.Dick@cityofvancouver.us.

Links and Resources

FOG 101: Basics of Fats, Oils, and Grease Management

Opportunities and Challenges in 21st Century Fats, Oils, and Grease Management

FOG One Year Notice Letter

FOG Agreement

If it’s a Grease Interceptor then why not size by grease production?

Clear the FOG

Grease Interception in the Plumbing Code

A Guide to Restaurant Grease Management, A Regulator’s Desk Reference 

Plumbing & Drainage Institute

Grease Trap

Washington Wastewater Collection Personnel Association Study Resources

Preferred Pumper Program

Outreach/Education/Articles

Resource Materials

Here are two Seattle Public Utilities Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) outreach and education flyer examples.
These are examples that other agencies are also distributing in our Westside region to sewer customers. This is a joint education/outreach campaign for fighting and reducing our FOG problems in sewers (Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Lynnwood are current participating cities).

I & I Data Collected

Sample Job Descriptions

    Total Member : 13
  • Mr. Bob Bandarra
  • Ms. Julie A. Howell, PE
  • Mr. Terry Smith
  • Mr. Ted Stonebridge
  • Ms. Julie Dufresne
  • Mr. Alan Aplin
  • Mrs. Caitlin Hubbard, MS
  • Mr. Clayton Brown
  • Mr. Dan E. Smith, CSM
  • Ms. Diane Utter
  • Mr. Ernest Fix
  • Andria Swann
  • Mr. Greg Galloway
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