Yesterday we had stuff that looked nasty, but turned out to be good. That isn’t the case today. Care to fathom what that is in the picture?
That, my friends is a famous “Fatberg”, a congealed lump of fats from food products that has congealed in the sewers of London, clogging things up until some brave men went down there and removed it.
The press release from Thames Water, the London utility who’s job at was to destroy it reads as follows:
The bus-sized lump of wrongly-flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes formed in drains under London Road in Kingston, Surrey.
Had it not been removed it could have led to sewage flooding many homes, streets and businesses in the leafy London suburb.
Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water said: “While we’ve removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before.
“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.
“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.
“It was so big it damaged the sewer and repairs will take up to six weeks.
“Homes and businesses need to change their ways, when it comes to fat and wipes, please remember: ‘Bin it – don’t block it.’”
The blockage was discovered after residents in nearby flats complained that they couldn’t flush their toilets.
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I’ll bet you’re sorry you asked.