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.

Co-chairs:    Greg Galloway, and  Gary Christiansen,

Past Chair: Andria Swann,


Upcoming  Actions:

We meet several times a year, usually during the months of March, July, and October, from 10-Noon. In 2022 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.

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 the co-chairs.

Training Opportunities

Past Meetings





  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Washington Becomes First State with Wipes Labeling Law

As of July 1, 2022, HB2565 is in effect! Beginning July 1, the “Do Not Flush” symbol must be on packaging of disposable wipes products sold in Washington, including baby wipes and cleaning wipes. The law was passed in 2020. To read more on the bill, click this link  2020 HB2565

California Proposes Laws

On July 21, 2021, the WIPPES Act was introduced to require "do not flush" labels on non-flushable wet wipes packaging.

On February 3, 2022, the PIPES Act was introduced to codify a flushability certification process for the marketing of single-use "flushable" wet wipes.

For more information and to keep up the progress, click this link  PIPES and WIPPES Acts

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!

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,

Links and Resources


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 : 3
  • Mr. Gary W. Christiansen
  • Andria Swann
  • Mr. Greg Galloway

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