Feb 6, 2012 by Dr. Chris Wood
The Georgia F.O.G. Alliance recognized the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (PCWASA) at its annual awards holiday luncheon in December as a founding member of the industry organization. The Alliance was founded in 2001, with PCWASA as one of the few 30 or so utility members in the state to have been a part of the organization since day one.
Xavier Davis, GISP, who is the FOG Program Coordinator for PCWASA, is serving as Vice President of the Georgia F.O.G. Alliance this year, after serving as Treasurer since 2008. Keisha Lisbon Thorpe, P.E., who is the PCWASA Division Manager for Technical Services, joined Davis at the awards luncheon to pick up this honor on behalf of the Authority.
PCWASA is a founding member of the Georgia F.O.G. Alliance, says Davis, because this non-profit industry trade group provides public information and advocates public education, as well as networking opportunities for municipalities and utilities, regarding Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Programs. The Alliance was founded to help local governing authorities such as PCWASA to start or maintain effective FOG Programs, as a unifying voice through association with fellow FOG prevention professionals.
The Mission of the Georgia FOG Alliance, which is inherent in the FOG prevention work of PCWASA, is to promote a cleaner environment by controlling fats, oils, and grease (FOG). The majority of sewer spills and overflows at PCWASA are due to improper disposal of fats, oils, and grease.
The PCWASA FOG Program provides proper disposal tips – through educational materials and instruction – to industrial, commercial, and residential customers. Commercial and industrial customers are required to maintain proper grease traps, among other measures to protect the integrity of the Authority’s sewerage system, while residential customers are encouraged to “think before pouring grease down the sink,” and instead dispose of fats, oils, and grease in sealed containers in the trash.
For more information on the PCWASA FOG Program, contact Xavier Davis at 770-487-7993.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.