Friday, November 12, 2010
The Scientific Fundament of FOG Interceptor
I have been hired to rewrite the Technical Report required by the Municipality's Environmental Department. The original report, written by another engineer, was angrily rejected by the Municipality. I am familiar with the City's engineers and they are of high caliber, yet the "Guide to Technical Reports" contains a four page list of titles to be filled. The document has to submitted in six copies with color prints of complete 1:100 drawings of the factory. One of the titles demands to explain the scientific basis of the wastewater treatment methods, such as the FOG (grease) interceptor. Every restaurant has one and having to explain it is like having to explain the science of the soup spoon. What can I write? The Stokes Law of differential velocity of sedimentation? Newton's Law of Gravity? I had a college who wrote exactly that, Newton's Law of Gravity, with an illustration of Newton under the apple tree.
The regulators were not amused.