Grease clog creates headache for Provincetown Surf Club owner

Though the Surf Club Restaurant isn’t known as a greasy spoon, its deck is literally held up by about 13,000 gallons of grease — and owner Lenny Enos says it needs to stay that way.

By Ann Wood on Wicked Local News

PROVINCETOWN
Though the Surf Club Restaurant isn’t known as a greasy spoon, its deck is literally held up by about 13,000 gallons of grease — and owner Lenny Enos says it needs to stay that way.
The restaurant’s 13,000-gallon Title V septic tank was supposed to be decommissioned or at least circumvented when the Surf Club, at 315 Commercial St., was hooked into the town’s septic system back in 2004 — but though Enos says the connection was made by a town-approved contractor and was inspected and approved by the town, it was discovered at the end of 2012 that it had been improperly done. This has caused “a continued malfunction of the town pump chamber for the municipal sewer system,” according to the health department.
“I wasn’t hooking to the sewer system to cause myself a problem. I was hooking to the sewer system to not cause myself a problem,” Enos told the board of health last week. “It was a functioning [Title V] system and then city sewerage came in.”
The town highly encouraged businesses to hook up, he said.
Grease from the Surf Club flows into a 2,500-gallon grease trap tank, from which it is supposed to be pumped at least twice a year, while liquid waste flows from it into the town pump chamber. However, because the 13,000-gallon tank wasn’t properly bypassed, grease has been flowing from the smaller tank into it. When the contractor hooked the restaurant up to town septic, the alarm system that warns when the tank is too full was deactivated. And so, without warning, the larger tank filled and overflowed into the pump chamber.

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