Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) Program

With the implementation of the FOG Program, the AWA has been able to make progress in achieving the goals to reduce the fats, oils and grease in the collection system. Introduction of fats, oils, and grease into the POTW is the leading cause of sewer blockages and overflows. Fats, oils and grease includes animal and vegetable fats, as well as oils used to cook and prepare food. Food Service Establishments (FSEs) use large volumes of fats, oils and grease. There are currently 124 FSEs permitted in the AWA collection system. Any existing FSE that has not yet been permitted as well as any new FSE within the AWA collection system will need to complete and submit a Food Service Establishment Survey.

After review of the survey, if a Wastewater Discharge Permit is required, a Food Service Establishment Wastewater Discharge Application will need completed and submitted along with a check in the amount of $500.00, payable to the Altoona Water Authority to cover the costs for review, approval and inspections for a five year cycle.

Please download the appropriate forms and submit the completed forms by email or mail to the addresses below:


Josh Wyandt                                                               Susan Englehart                                 

Environmental Services Manager                               Assist. Environmental Services Manager

144 Westerly Treatment Plant Rd                              144 Westerly Treatment Plant Rd

Duncansville, PA 16635                                             Duncansville, PA 16635

JWyandt@altoonawater.com                                     SEnglehart@altoonawater.com

814-949-2218 x 2209                                                 814-949-2218 x 2234

All FSEs must have a grease trap or grease interceptor that is cleaned regularly. See attached forms for instruction on best management practices for maintaining grease traps.