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Wastewater

Phone: 913-715-8500

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2500, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Grease Management: All About Fats, Oils, and Grease

My Government Online (MGO) Electronic Application, Plan Review and Inspection software launched for JCW on MAY 1, 2017.  Please visit www.mygovernmentonline.org and create your customer portal account.

What is FOG?

FOG is a combination of fats, oils, and grease. FOG includes cooking oil, animal fat and lard, grease, butter, tallow, shortening, and margarine which are all used in food processing and in the preparation of food. Kitchen wastes, along with water that has been used to wash kitchen equipment and floors, contain FOG.

Protecting public health and safety is a prime responsibility of Johnson County Wastewater (JCW). Sewer blockages and subsequent sewage spills pose a threat to public health and safety which can be prevented with proper grease management. When FOG or food and wastewater containing FOG are poured down the drain, it cools and solidifies on the walls of the sewer pipes, restricting or clogging the wastewater flow. This can result in a wastewater backup into homes and businesses or discharge to the environment. The most effective way to minimize FOG accumulation in sewers is to prevent the introduction of FOG into the sanitary sewer system in the first place. To realize this goal, JCW has developed the Grease Management Program to regulate food service facilities.

Who Needs a Project Review?

All facilities serving or producing any type of beverage or food are required to have a project review.  The Johnson County Wastewater sanitary sewer system serves most cities in Johnson County and parts of Olathe. Visit aims.jocogov.org and scroll to the bottom of the page to find out if your business is located in the JCW service area. Enter your address in the box and select "GO." At the top of the page in the "Search for:" box will be the address you entered. Click "Go" again. Your sewer provider will be listed in the Utility Information section.​ Complete the applicable Commercial Application with Food/Beverage under the Johnson County Wastewater Permit section at www.mygovernmentonline.org.  In addition to completing the Application, upload the following documents:

  1. Kitchen and plumbing drawings with all equipment and plumbing fixtures clearly shown and labeled
  2. Copy of the menu
  3. Copy of the local Food Service Facility Operator’s driver’s license
  4. Existing interceptor and/or plumbing correction drawings (see Tenant Finish section below)
  5. When an interceptor is required, interceptor installation drawings including sizing calculations (see the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for additional information)

Please choose one from the following project applications listed under the Johnson County Wastewater Permit section on the My Government Online website:

  1. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (New Construction)

    1. Submit all information listed above.
    2. Submit all items required in the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist.
  2. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (Tenant Finish/Remodel) - Existing buildings

    1. Submit all information listed above.
    2. Submit all items required in the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist.
    3. Site Location Property Map and Key Plan (see the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for information)
    4. Adding a grease interceptor – The field verified flow line elevation of the existing plumbing header at the location the grease interceptor outlet connects to existing building plumbing or service line is required to be labeled.  This information shall be provided by the contractor performing the field verification and is required with the first submittal.
    5. Reusing the existing grease interceptor - The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first permit submittal.  Contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection by a JCW inspector.  The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  The interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must also be inspected at the time the interceptor is inspected.  Running water must be available in the space.  If water is not available, a separate pump out and JCW inspection will be required when water is available.  JCW will provide a list of items found during inspection to be included with the plan submittal for permitting.  NO CORRECTIONS MAY BE PERFORMED UNTIL JCW HAS ISSUED THE PERMIT.
  3. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (Change of Owner) - No change in plumbing or kitchen equipment

    1. Kitchen and plumbing drawings with all equipment and plumbing fixtures clearly shown and labeled
    2. Copy of the menu
    3. Copy of the local Food Service Facility Operator’s driver’s license
    4. Site Location Property Map and Key Plan (see the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for information)
    5. Reusing the existing grease interceptor - The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first permit submittal.  Contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection by a JCW inspector.  The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  The interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must also be inspected at the time the interceptor is inspected.  Running water must be available in the space.  If water is not available, a separate pump out and JCW inspection will be required when water is available.  JCW will provide a list of items found during inspection to be included with the plan submittal for permitting.  NO CORRECTIONS MAY BE PERFORMED UNTIL JCW HAS ISSUED THE PERMIT.
  4. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (with a Common Interceptor) - Serve multiple tenant spaces. 

    1. Both building owners and tenants use this application for all spaces with access to the common interceptor.
    2. Submit all information listed above.
    3. Submit all items required in the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist.
    4. Adding a grease interceptor – The field verified flow line elevation of the existing plumbing header at the location the grease interceptor outlet connects to existing building plumbing or service line is required to be labeled.  This information shall be provided by the contractor performing the field verification and is required with the first submittal.
    5. Reusing the existing grease interceptor - The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first permit submittal.  Contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection by a JCW inspector.  The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  The interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must also be inspected at the time the interceptor is inspected.  Running water must be available in the space.  If water is not available, a separate pump out and JCW inspection will be required when water is available.  JCW will provide a list of items found during inspection to be included with the plan submittal for permitting.  NO CORRECTIONS MAY BE PERFORMED UNTIL JCW HAS ISSUED THE PERMIT.

Low Grease Discharge Waiver (LGDW) 

A food service facility may request a waiver from installing a grease interceptor. To be considered, the facility must meet the following criteria:

  1. Serves only ready-to-eat foods with no preparation at the facility, other than warming, including, but not be limited to: scoop-only ice cream shops, sandwich shops, popcorn stands, hot dog rollers, etc.
  2. Prepares only uncooked or unbaked food or meals that will be taken from the facility and cooked or baked at another location; or baked goods such as, but not limited to, cookies and pretzels.

The LGDW permit must be renewed annually and LGDW facilities will be inspected routinely.

Common Interceptor 

A Common or Shared Interceptor is a single interceptor that could serve multiple Food or Beverage facilities in one building.  The interceptor and piping shall be sized during the initial permitting process.  The Building owner and tenant shall submit the JCW Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (with a Common Interceptor) as indicated above. The information from the application will be incorporated into legal documents prepared by JCW. Both the building owner and tenant will renew the documents annually.

Annual Operating Permit Renewal

Each facility will receive an Operating Permit with Commercial Permit issuance.  The Operating Permits for all grease interceptors and facilities operating under low grease discharge waivers expire on April 15th each year and must be renewed annually.  Facilities currently permitted by Johnson County Wastewater will receive a notice prior to permit expiration with renewal materials and instructions. 

Permits are valid only for the year in which they are issued.  There are no provisions for the proration of a license or refunding the licensing fees.

Grease Interceptor Pumping Variances

Interceptor pumping and cleaning is required at a minimum of once every 90 days for most establishments. A variance may be considered if you believe your interceptor requires less frequent pumping by completing the following steps. 

Once the application and fees have been submitted, the operator must have the interceptor pumped and cleaned while Johnson County Wastewater is present to begin the variance process.  Please call the Johnson County Wastewater Environmental Compliance Managers at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection.

Grease Management: Best Management Practices

Prevention is Best

Protecting public health and safety is a primary responsibility of Johnson County Wastewater. Sewer blockages and subsequent sewage spills pose a threat to public health and safety that can be prevented when food service facilities follow the Best Management Practices (BMPs) presented here.

Johnson County Wastewater has determined that the most effective way to minimize Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) accumulation in sewers is to prevent the introduction of FOG into the sanitary sewer system in the first place. Follow these tips to help control and minimize the introduction of FOG into sanitary sewers:

  • Post "No Grease" signs above sinks and on the front of dishwashers and/or floor sinks.
  • Wipe pots, pans, dishware, and work areas with paper towels prior to washing, and dispose the paper towels in the trash.
  • Dispose food waste directly into the trash. Garbage grinders/disposals are prohibited.
  • Use absorbents or other materials, like paper towels, to pick up spills before mopping the floor, then dispose of the towels in the trash.
  • Collect cooking oil waste and store in drums or barrels for recycling.
  • Keep grease emulsifying agents out of the sink and drain.

Documents

Grease Management: Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements

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The following are requirements for new grease interceptors installed at food service facilities:

Design

  1. The grease interceptor must be of sufficient size to provide a 30 minute detention of the peak wastewater flow. The minimum size for a grease interceptor is 1,000 gallons. The maximum size is 2,000 gallons. The interceptor location must allow for pumping and inspection access. Indoor grease interceptors or grease traps are not permitted in new facilities.
  2. An engineer shall submit grease interceptor sizing calculations on plans and indicate sizing method used (see ​​Interceptor Sizing information below).
  3. The vent line from the sample port riser on the interceptor outlet must be connected to the building waste vent piping.
  4. Grease Waste Fixtures:
    • Garbage disposals or grinders are prohibited in new food service facilities.
    • The following plumbing fixtures (if applicable) MUST NOT be connected to a grease interceptor:
      • Handwashing sinks
      • Drains receiving condensate only
      • Bar sinks not receiving significant quantities of grease
    • The following plumbing fixtures (if applicable) MUST be connected to a grease interceptor:
      • Low temperature chemical (e.g., chlorine) sanitizing dishwasher
      • High temperature (greater than or equal to 180°F) sanitizing dishwashers which must have a cold water solenoid-operated valve or similar device that mixes cold water with the discharged hot water from the machine
      • Three (3) compartment sinks
      • Mop sinks
      • Floor drains in kitchen areas
      • Wok drains

​​Interceptor Sizing

A grease interceptor must provide a 30 minute peak hydraulic detention time as determined by the plumbing fixtures or piping connected to the interceptor. The following table is used to size grease interceptors in the Johnson County Wastewater sanitary sewer service area:

Chart

Method 1

All kitchen drains must be plumbed to the grease interceptor. When using the table above, only use sinks and dish machines in the calculation. Floor drains and mop sinks do not produce a sufficient quantity of water to be added to the calculation, but must be plumbed to the interceptor.

For dish machines, multiply the result by a factor of 0.3 to compensate for the time that the machine is not discharging wastewater.

The interceptor is sized using the drainage gallons per minute multiplied by a 30 minute detention time.

Example: For a two (2) inch drain discharging to a grease interceptor from a three (3) compartment sink and a 2.5 inch drain from a dish machine discharging to the grease interceptor, the calculation is as follows:

22.5 gpm x 30 minute detention time = 675 gallons for the three (3) compartment sink

30 gpm x 30 minute detention time = 900 gallons x 0.3 factor = 300 gallons for the dish machine

675 gallons + 300 gallons = 975 gallons for the interceptor. Round up to 1,000 gallons

Method 2

The pipe diameter after the last grease waste fixture is used to determine the size of the grease interceptor. Pipe shall be installed at one (1) percent slope maximum. Pipe slope shall be indicated on interior plumbing drawings.

Example: For a 4 inch line downstream from the three (3) compartment sink and the dish machine discharging to the grease interceptor, the calculation is as follows:

45 gpm x 30 minute detention time = 1,350 gallons for the interceptor. Round up to 1,500 gallons.

The minimum size for a grease interceptor is 1,000 gallons and 2,000 gallons is the maximum size.

If a larger capacity is needed, grease interceptors shall be connected in series and must be approved by Johnson County Wastewater.

Grease Interceptor Detail

See Commercial Permit Site Plan Example for grease interceptor installation details [pdf]  [dwg zip file]

Please modify the detail to reflect the required volume and piping arrangement for the project.

Site Location Property Map and Key Plan:

A Site Location Property Map showing the entire property, property lines, and building outline is required on the Permit Plan Sheet.  If there is more than one tenant in the building, a Key Plan showing which space(s) within the building that will be used is required.  

  1. Go to http://maps.jocogov.org/ims/
  2. Enter the address in the “search for location” box above the map.
  3. Make sure only the following “Layers” are checked:  
    1. “Parcel Outlines” – under “Parcels”
    2. “Building Footprints”- under “Planimetrics”
    3. “JCW Sewer Lines” – under “Utilities”
  4. Make sure the “Layer Transparency” is set to 0%. 
  5. In the upper right hand corner find ‘Satellite’ with a drop down arrow, change the base map to “Google Map.”  Due to clarity issues, do not use a satellite base map.  The “Identify Results” pop up box may need to be moved.   
  6. Select the “Print” option.  A window with the selected view will appear in a pop up.
  7. In the pop up, move the map around and zoom in/out as required to show the following:
    1. The entire building
    2. The entire lot
    3. The nearest cross streets with labels
    4. The sanitary sewer main]
  8. Print or save the image and add to the requested drawing sheet.
  9. If a key plan is required, show all tenant spaces within the building and indicate which space this tenant will occupy.

Inspections

  • Interior Piping
    • Johnson County Wastewater shall inspect the interior plumbing fixtures that are attached to the interceptor before the plumbing is covered. Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection of the interior plumbing before the piping is covered.
  • Interceptor
    • Johnson County Wastewater shall inspect the installed interceptor and exterior piping prior to backfilling and after inspection of the interior piping. Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection.

Operating Permit

Prior to discharging wastewater to a grease interceptor, a food service facility shall obtain their grease interceptor operating permit from Johnson County Wastewater. This permit will be issued after all construction is complete and Johnson County Wastewater has determined that the interceptor and facility complies with the Johnson County Code of Resolutions:

Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Environmental Compliance Manager at 913-715-6920 two (2) weeks prior to opening to schedule a site visit which is required for permit issuance.

All food service facilities in the State of Kansas MUST also obtain a food service license from the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) at 785-296-5600 before opening.