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What about inspecting the grease traps and interceptors?

There is a 25% standard rule for determining acceptable levels of waste that accumulate in your grease trap or interceptor. This means when the trap or interceptor has accumulated waste accounting for 25% of its wetted depth, the device needs to be cleaned. Businesses may find that preventing FROG from entering their plumbing systems and [...]

2021-03-05T10:55:33-05:00, |

What if I do not have a grease trap?

If you operate a non-residential facility that prepares and serves food, you need a grease removal system. Do not wait until you experience problems with block lines or sewer backups at your facility. You can contact the Columbus City Utilities to learn how to become compliant. There may already be a grease trap or interceptor [...]

2021-01-12T09:54:28-05:00, |

Do I need a grease interceptor or trap?

YES! Facilities that prepare and serve food produce fats, oils, and grease need a grease removal device. Grease interceptors are the preferred grease removal device of the Columbus City Utilities for a number of reasons: They are larger, providing more retention time for the grease to congeal and separate from the wastewater. Some of these [...]

2021-02-10T10:59:55-05:00, |

What is a grease interceptor and how does it work?

A grease interceptor is typically a concrete vault with a minimum capacity of 750 gallons. It is connected to the restaurant plumbing and is located below the ground and outside the building. The interceptor capacity allows for enough retention time for the suspended fats, oils and grease to congeal and rise to the top. Periodically, [...]

2021-01-12T09:54:54-05:00, |

What is a grease trap and how does it work?

A grease trap is a small reservoir built into the wastewater piping, a short distance from the grease producing area. Baffles in the reservoir retain the wastewater long enough for the grease to congeal and rise to the surface. These small devices need to be cleaned often, from daily to weekly, and this is normally [...]

2018-01-25T07:24:30-05:00, |

Where do Fats, Rags, Oils and Grease come from?

Does your facility cook meat, serve soups, or salad dressing? Do you use butter, margarine, or oil in food preparation? Do you dispose of rags during food prep or clean up? Fats, rags, oils, and grease (FROG) are abundant around, in, and on the foods we eat. When foods are prepared, oils and greases are [...]

2021-03-05T10:54:57-05:00|

What does CCU fix if it breaks?

Water CCU maintains and makes any necessary repairs to the water main, the service line leading up to the meter pit, and the meter pit, including the meter. The line leading from the customer's side of the meter is considered the customer's responsibility to maintain and any water usage recorded on the meter will be [...]

2021-01-28T11:08:05-05:00|

What services does CCU provide?

Water Services Connection fees paid by the customer cover the costs associated with the installation of a water meter and pit. This means the location of the pit may have already been determined at the time of your application. The CCU Distribution Department will tap the public main and extend a service line to the [...]

2021-01-28T11:14:00-05:00|

Am I eligible to receive services from CCU?

If you live within the city limits of Columbus, Indiana, you are eligible to receive service from Columbus City Utilities (CCU). CCU is a municipally owned and operated utility. It has certain procedures for citizens of the City to gain services and different procedures for those who live outside the corporate limits. If you live [...]

2021-01-28T11:14:26-05:00, |

How do I know if CCU facilities are available near my home?

If you reside within the City limits, there are probably water and sewer facilities available to your property, but sometimes there are exceptions. Recent annexations or old property subdivisions sometimes create "pockets" where extensions are required. The CCU will work with you in extending facilities to your site if this is the case, but extensions [...]

2017-11-06T17:14:31-05:00|