Bus-sized "fatberg" found in suburban London sewer
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 9:29 -
Although it may look like an iceberg, there's nothing cool about this bus-sized lump of wrongly-flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes.
Utility company Thames Water says this "fatberg" formed in drains under London Road in Kingston, Surrey and is the biggest ever recorded in Britain.
“Given we've got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we've encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such berg in British history," said Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water in a media release last week. “The sewer was almost completely clogged with over 15 tonnes of fat. If we hadn't discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston."
The utility deals with fatbergs all the time, but says it's sharing news about this massive lard lump in the hopes customers will think twice about what they dump down the drain.
"Homes and businesses need to change their ways, when it comes to fat and wipes, please remember: 'Bin it – don’t block it,'" Hailwood adds.
Repairs to the 20 metres of damaged pipe began on Monday, but officials say work is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
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With files from The Associated Press