USEPA Pretreatment 101 Training
IW’s The United States Environmental Protection Agency is offering FREE introductory level training about the National Pretreatment Program. The western-most location will be Boise, Idaho, March 24-26, 2020. The first and last day are half days.
FOG Training Institute Featured Course
IW’s Grease Interceptor Training Course – 2019 is now available online for a very reasonable fee. This course provides a comprehensive education on commercial grease interceptors, including the various types, what distinguishes them and how they work. You’ll learn the history of grease interceptors and how they have evolved over the years. The course also dives into the model plumbing codes and product standards that govern grease interceptors including connected fixtures, flow control, venting, and installation requirements. The course further teaches traditional sizing practices including fixture volume, pipe diameter and drainage fixture unit methods as well as newer grease production calculation and selection strategies. Western States Alliance members receive a discount, so be sure to ask when signing up.
NOTE: CEU’s (0.6) have been approved for Idaho, Oregon and Washington. To obtain your CEU’s, email your request along with a copy of the certificate of course completion.
USDA FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Trainings
PPRC and the Western States Alliance is providing technical training in FOG abatement to rural communities across 8 different states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Colorado.
The training will focus on two areas:
1) How to develop an effective FOG Abatement Program
2) How to implement best practices in both a new and an existing program
The training’s will be conducted in a workshop format for small, rural communities that either do not have a pretreatment program, or find their current program inadequate to meet their needs.
Training will include such areas as:
- Reasons for developing a FOG program and legal authority to do so.
- Involving stakeholders and communication planning.
- What is FOG, including its sources and impacts.
- How effective management protects public/community health.
- How effective management makes programs more cost-effective.
- What is out there in the way of FOG abatement products, services and programs.
Participants will receive 0.8 Wastewater CEUs and a certificate of completion for attending.
PPRC has received grant funding from the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to provide technical training and assistance to small, rural communities in FOG abatement.
Our next training’s will be held in Grand Junction, CO on July 23rd and Durango, CO on July 25th.
If you would like to sign your community up for one of our FOG abatement training’s, please message Krysta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual WSA Fog Forum:
2019 WSA FOG Forum
The WSA 2019 FOG Forum will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 & 17 at the Best Western Hotel in Hood River, Oregon The premier event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the Forum is meant to inform and train water-related professional technicians, managers, policymakers, and others to learn about the latest developments in FOG-related issues. If you are in Water & Wastewater, CODE Enforcement, Storm Water or another field, this conference can help teach you about the issues that arise with Fats, Oils and Grease and how it can affect the work you perform. It aims to provide you with the necessary tools needed to solve complex issues using the latest technical, technological, and policy approaches in accordance with state and federal regulations. So come join your peers and network with experts from cities, clean water agencies, equipment suppliers, and state and federal officials to learn how to have an effective FOG abatement program at a beautiful location overlooking the Columbia River. For more information view the 2018 FOG Forum webpage.
Previous Training’s and Events
WSA 2018 FOG Forum
The 2018 Forum was held at the Best Western Hood River in Oregon on April 16 & 17. Presentations can be viewed here.
WSA 2017 FOG Forum
This year’s Forum was held April 24 and 25 at the Clearwater Casino and Resort in Poulsbo, WA. Presentations can be viewed here.
The 23rd Annual Pacific Northwest Pretreatment Workshop
The 2016 Workshop was held September 12-14 in Vancouver, WA. Presentations can be viewed here.
WSA 2016 FOG Forum
WSA members, local pretreatment staff and others gathered for a comprehensive workshop on all things FOG. The Forum was held April 18 and April 19, 2016 at the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center in Bend OR. Presentations can be viewed here.
Fundamentals of FOG Abatement 101
This free webinar is the first in a series intended to educate pretreatment program managers and to enlighten other stakeholders on the elements of an effective pretreatment and inspection program. In this webinar attendees will understand the true impacts of FOG on building sewers and the POTW and collection systems. We will also discuss what constitutes an effective pretreatment system and the consequences of not controlling the discharge of all fixtures in a commercial kitchen. To view the webinar go to: FOG Webinar