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2019 FOG Survey

We are looking for ways to improve Bloomington’s Code of Ordinances, specifically Chapter 10.17- Food Service Establishment Wastewater Discharges. We intend to use the information provided by you and the nearly 500 other permitted facilities to inform our decisions for updates.

This fifteen minute survey will help us reduce obstacles to owning and operating a food service facility in Bloomington while improving the options for preventing fats, oils, and greases from entering Bloomington’s sanitary sewers.

Your answers will remain anonymous; the information gathered will be used to determine trends across Bloomington’s food service establishments. Contact information will be separated from other responses and will be used to update our database so that we can better communicate with you.

We value your opinion and experiences in a local food service establishment. If you own or operate more than one location, please complete the survey for each location. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary.

Please respond by midnight on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

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Information & Resources for Food Service Establishments (FSE)

The buildup of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in sewer pipelines can cause clogs in commercial plumbing and block sewer lines that may lead to:

  • Clogged toilets and drains in facilities
  • Raw sewage backup into buildings causing expensive clean up and repair
  • Higher sewer bills
  • Health risks from exposure to untreated sewage
  • Potential health code violations (possible restaurant closure)
  • Strong odors entering businesses


FOG Management

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) has developed a FOG Management Program to prevent FOG from reaching the sewer system. CBU requires the installation and proper maintenance of grease removal devices, called Grease Interceptors and Grease Traps, at all food service establishments (FSE) that discharge to CBU's sanitary sewer.  All FSE's must have an approved grease trap or interceptor properly installed to treat their kitchen waste.  Contact CBU to determine the type of device required for your facility.

For additional information about CBU's FOG management requirements, see Bloomington Municipal Code (BMC) § 10.17 and the links below.

FOG Management Resources

Grease Interceptors

Grease Traps


Rules and Regulations


For further questions contact:

Kevin White
Pretreatment Program Inspector

For after hours emergencies, please call our 24-hour switchboard at 812-339-1444.