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School grease trap problems

This article will cover School grease trap problems and bacteria. They may be the higher powers in the school system and they may look like they have it made every day but school administrators have a lot on their shoulders than one could ever imagine. Yes, they have survived school as young people. They may have gone through the same issues that their students and employees are experiencing presently. More than a handful of problems and tasks should be accomplished by these extraordinary individuals. Their priority is to make sure that the students get what they need to excel in everything they choose to participate.

The school’s physical components are very important elements in making sure that the students go to school in a comfortable environment so that learning may be maximized. Cleanliness, security, and nutrition are the primary needs that the students should have and school administrators strive hard to deliver. School grease trap problems are starting to overwhelm the schools and the country. The US government has already mandated the academic community to follow the grease ordinance. This requires the schools to have grease traps installed. These traps should have permits so that it would be easier for the City Sewer department could inspect them much easier. Regular maintenance is also a requirement for these traps.

School grease trap problems are not isolated issues within the school. It spreads out into the surrounding environment as well. Schools have cafeterias and these produce tons of FOG (fats, oils, grease) because most of the food items that they serve are made up of sugars and fats. With the student populations getting bigger every school year, regular inspection and maintenance aren’t done as vigilantly anymore. FOG overflow now becomes a regular crisis. When FOG overflow occurs, the FOG solidifies as it gets carried by the untreated effluent through the pipe lines. The FOG adheres to the inner pipe walls and hardens there. The FOG continuous to accumulate until the wastewater gets blocked. It backs up into the school premises and surrounding areas. Inside the school, the bathrooms and drains get flooded with effluent. The surrounding residential areas suffer the same fate. The clean water supply gets contaminated as well. Rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds become polluted and the aquatic life dies off.

These school grease trap problems also include health issues that the students and employees may suffer from once they get in direct contact with the untreated effluent. Their attendance will be affected, resulting to fewer opportunities of learning. Environmental lawsuits and hefty fines are faced by school administrators. This greatly affects the school’s reputation and budget.

In order to set things right, school grease trap problems should  be resolved immediately. This calls for an improvement in the grease trap maintenance practices. The kitchen staff should primarily be in charge of this matter because of their  direct involvement in FOG production and disposal. There should be an added batch of leak-proof bins that could contain the grease materials in the cafeteria. The students and employees could scrape off the greasy leftovers themselves. This would make it easier for the cafeteria staff to dispose of the FOG properly. Once the bins are full, they could be properly sealed and thrown with the regular trash. Another improvement would be to install strainers or meshes in the sink drains so that the FOG may be filtered off before the wastewater enters the grease trap.

Bacteria should be used in the maintenance of the grease traps as well. Unlike the other additives whose active ingredients are chemicals and enzymes, bacteria are alive. They consume the FOG and solid wastes and transform them into less harmful forms. Bacteria have been on Earth since before the ancient plants ever started to exist. They have mastered the art and science of survival. Voraciously eating away the FOG is just a natural thing for them to do. And in doing so, they leave the grease trap odorless and the environment safe from pollution.

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