FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT
CITY OF LAKE WORTH
10 SOUTH OCEAN BOULEVARD
LAKE WORTH, FL 33460
February 21, 2017
Contact: Ben Kerr, Communications Specialist
WHAT: MULLIGANS’ GREASE TRAP FAILURE AND CLEANUP
WHEN: FEBRUARY 19th & 20th, 2017
WHERE: MULLIGANS RESTAURANT - CITY OF LAKE WORTH CASINO BUILDING
Lake Worth, Florida- On February 19, 2017 at 5:00pm the City was informed by staff of Mulligan’s Beach House Restaurant in the Lake Worth Casino building that the Mulligans’ grease trap was overflowing. At 5:30pm further inspection revealed a more serious problem and a City vacuum truck was dispatched to vacuum out the grease trap. During this process the parking lot in that area was cleared to allow clean up to take place.
The following day (February 20) at 06:00am the City dispatched a street sweeper and vacuum truck to carry out the next stage of clean-up. Shortly after 5:00pm it was reported that the vacuum process had failed and the grease trap began to overflow again, this time after the trap was emptied a plumber was brought in by Mulligan’s who discovered that the sewer outflow pipe was clogged with grease due to improper maintenance. The outflow pipe has now been jetted and the grease trap is fully serviceable again.
The City is continuing with clean-up and will be bringing in hazardous waste specialists to assist in ensuring any environmental impact is minimized.
Chapter 14 of the Utilities; and Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM-W) for the Water/Wastewater Utility Department states that commercial and industrial facilities must demonstrate monthly maintenance on grease traps to remove fats, oils and greases as a condition of their annual Fat, Oil and Grease Permit.
At this time no decision has been made regarding who will incur the cost of clean-up. An investigation into this event is being undertaken by the City. Recommendations will be issued to ensure that such a problem does not occur again.
Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Communications Specialist with any questions or comments.