Ordinance Number 282

An Ordinance adopting regulations for fats, oils, and grease control. 

Whereas, the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado desires to prevent sanitary overflows from grease accumulation in its sanitary sewer mains.

Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees for the Town of Deer Trail Colorado, that:

Section 1. Purpose.

  1. The purpose of this Ordinance is to prevent sanitary sewer blockages and obstructions by controlling the deposit of fats, oils, and greases into the sanitary sewer system from industrial or commercial sources.

Section 2. Definitions.

  1.  For the purpose of this Ordinance, the following words shall have the following meaning unless context indicates otherwise:

    Fog means fats, oil and grease, a term which generally refers to animal and vegetable glycerides discharged from food processing and serving industries. These substances are detectable and can be measured using standard analytical techniques. They are generally referred to herein as "grease" or "greases".

    Food Service Facility means a facility that prepares and/or packages food for sale or consumption. These include, but are not limited to, restaurants, food processing facilities, food manufacturers, seafood packing plants, bakeries, lounges, hospitals, hotels, nursing homes, churches, schools, dairies, slaughterhouses, meat packers, food courts, caterers, and theme parks.

    Grease means animal and vegetable glycerides discharged from food processing and serving industries.

    Grease Interceptor means a structure or device designed for the purpose of removing and preventing fats, oils, and grease from entering the sanitary sewer collection system. These devices are often below-ground units in outside areas and are built as two or three chamber baffled tanks.

    Grease Trap means a device to which grease and food wastes are directed from the food service facility operations and that functions to separate and retain waterborne greases and solid food particles prior to the sewage exiting the trap and entering the sewer system. It also collects solids and grease from kitchen floor drains. Such traps are typically compact under-the-sink units that are near food preparation areas. 

    Minimum Design Capability means the design features of a grease interceptor and its ability or volume required to effectively intercept and retain greases from grease-laden wastewaters discharged to the public sanitary sewer.

Section 3. Grease Intercegtors.

  1.  All food service facilities discharging wastewater to the Town of Deer Trail sanitary sewer collection system are subject to the following requirements:
    1. By January 1, 2022, all food service facilities are required to install, operate, and maintain an approved type and sized grease interceptor meeting the requirements of this Ordinance.
    2. Food service facilities with existing grease interceptors on the effective date of this Ordinance shall submit specifications of their grease interceptor to the Public Works Director for review by December 31, 2021. The Public Works Director shall approve the grease interceptors if they meet the requirements of this Ordinance. If they do not meet the requirements of this Article, they shall be modified or replaced by May 1, 2022, so that they comply with the requirements of this Ordinance.
    3. All food service facilities commencing operation after the effective date of this Ordinance shall obtain approval from the [Public Works Direct for their proposed grease interceptor prior to submitting plans for a building permit and commencing operations.

Section 4. Grease Interceptor Requirements.

  1. Grease interceptor sizing and installation shall conform to the Town of Deer Trail Plumbing Code, as the same may be adopted from time to time.
  2. Grease interceptors shall be constructed in accordance with design approved by the Public Works Director and shall have a minimum of two compartments with fittings designed for grease retention.
  3. Grease interceptors shall be installed at a location where they are easily accessible for inspection, cleaning, and removal of intercepted grease. The grease interceptor may not be installed in any part of the building where food is handled. The location of the grease interceptor shall be subject to approval by the Public Works Director.
  4. All grease interceptors shall be serviced and emptied of accumulated waste content to maintain Minimum Design Capability or effective volume. These devices shall be inspected at least monthly. Users who are required to maintain a grease interceptor shall:
    1. Provide for a minimum hydraulic retention time required by the Town of Deer Trail Plumbing Code.
    2. Remove any accumulated grease cap and sludge pocket as required. Grease shall be kept free of inorganic solid materials such as grit, rocks, gravel, sand, utensils, cigarettes, shells, towels, rags, etc., which could settle into this pocket and thereby reduce the effective volume of the device.
  5. The user shall maintain a written record of inspection and maintenance for 2 years. All such records will be made available for on-site inspection by a representative of the Town of Deer Trail during all operating hours.
  6. Sanitary wastes are not allowed to be connected to sewer lines intended for grease interceptor service.
  7. Access manholes, with a minimum diameter of 24 inches, shall be provided over each grease interceptor chamber and sanitary tee. The access manholes shall extend at least to finished grade and be designed and maintained to prevent water inflow or infiltration. The manholes shall also have readily removable covers to facilitate inspection, grease removal, and wastewater sampling activities.

Section 5. Grease Traps.

  1. When, in the judgment of the Public Works Director, it would not be feasible for the food service facility to install a grease interceptor, due to spatial or other considerations, the installation of a grease trap may be approved by the Public Works Director.
    1. Requests for a variance to approve a grease trap shall provide the location of sewer main and casement in relation to available exterior space outside building and a record of the existing plumbing at the site.
    2. Upon approval by the Public Works Director, a grease trap complying with the provisions of this Section shall be installed in each waste line leading from sinks, drains, and other fixtures or equipment in food service establishments where grease may be introduced into the drainage or sewage system.
    3. Grease trap sizing and installation shall conform to the Town of Deer Trail Plumbing Code.
    4. No grease trap shall be installed which has a stated rate flow of more than fifty­ five (55) gallons per minute, or less than twenty (20) gallons per minute, except when specially approved by the Public Works Director.
    5. No food waste disposal unit or dishwasher shall be connected to or discharge into any grease trap. Wastewater in excess of one hundred forty (140) °F/ (60°C) shall not be discharged into a grease trap.

Section 6. Repealer. 

All acts, orders, resolutions, ordinances, or parts thereof, of the Town that are inconsistent or in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent only of such inconsistency or conflict, including without limitation, any maximum specific penalty contained in any acts, orders, resolutions, or ordinances for any violation thereof.

Section 7. Recording and Authentication.

Immediately upon its passage, this Ordinance shall be recorded in the Town of Deer Trail Book of Ordinances kept for that purpose, authenticated by the signatures of the Mayor and Clerk and shall be published as required by law.

Section 8. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after final publication. 

Adopted and approved this __  day of __, 2021.

James Johnson, Mayor
Town of Deer Trail, Colorado 

Attest: Candice Reed, Town Clerk