A 130-Ton Mountain Of Fat, Baby Wipes And Condoms Is Clogging A London Sewer
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I say we call it Marlon Brando.
According to UPI, water service employees in London have finally found out what’s clogging their sewer system. That something? You guessed it: A 130-ton, 820-pound “fatberg” made up of fat, grease, baby wipes, oils and of course, used jimmy hats.
— Thames Water (@thameswater) September 12, 2017
Matt Rimmer, Thames Water’s head of waste networks, was totally disgusted by what he saw. Here’s what he said:
“This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen. 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.”
Rimmer also said that if this particular fatberg wouldn’t have been discovered during a routine inspection, it would have likely caused “raw sewage to flood into the streets.” Thankfully, the glob of fat and used rubbers was found, and workers are removing roughly 20 to 30 tons of it per shift.
Here’s to hoping their company issues gloves.