by Martha Quetsch
Elburnâ€”In testing treated wastewater at Elburn’s plant in June, village engineers found a fecal chloroform violation. Village Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said fats in the sewer system could be the culprit.
â€œThey believe it relates back to fats, oils and greases getting into the tank,â€ Nevenhoven said.
The engineers, from Baxter Woodman, addressed the problem by increasing the chlorine in the wastewater, Nevenhoven said.
â€œWe are watching it closely so it doesn’t happen again,â€ Nevenhoven said.
He said restaurant owners must prevent grease from getting into the sewer system by using fat traps.
â€œThe restaurants have to pay people to haul the grease away,â€ Nevenhoven said.
The Kane County Health Department and licensed plumbers check the traps when they are installed to make sure they work properly.
â€œThe grease traps are there, but if they are not cleaned, not emptied, off the grease goes,â€ Nevenhoven said.
The village cannot check the traps unless they are outside the restaurants and unless it hires a licensed plumber to do the check.
Village trustee Ken Anderson suggested that the village increase public education about the need to keep grease traps clean.