130 Tonnes Of Nappies And Wet Wipes Block London Sewer
A great 250 metre long ‘fatberg’ has been found blocking a London sewer, the BBC reports.
A ‘fatberg’ is a solid mass of congealed fat, as well as nappies and wet wipes. The hulking mass also includes oil and condoms.
The 130 tonne ‘monster’ was found in a Victorian tunnel in Whitechapel and has been described as one of the largest to ever be found.
Thames Water have estimated it will take as long as three weeks to remove from the tunnel.
Matt Rimmer, Head of Waste at Thames Water, said:
It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.
It’s basically like trying to break up concrete. It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo.
The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish and our message to everyone is clear – please bin it – don’t block it.
To get rid of the horrific mess, eight workers will head into the London sewer to spray it with high-pressure hoses and suck up the broken pieces.
The mass has been calculated as being six feet longer than Tower Bridge, and apparently weighs the equivalent of 520,000 packets of lard, according to the BBC.
That’s the equivalent of 11 double-decker buses.
And suddenly I have no appetite.