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They Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered This


Workers Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered A 143 Ton Fatberg

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Deep in the bowels of London, a network of Victorian tunnels has carried sewage beneath the city streets for more than 150 years. But in 2017 workers discovered something strange lurking in the dark. Longer than the famous Tower Bridge and approaching the weight of a blue whale, it was a monster of strangely – and disgustingly – human origin. But would the team be able to cast it aside?

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Workers Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered A 143 Ton Fatberg


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Contractors working for DPW used water jets and a slicing device on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, to scrape away a fatberg of hardened fats, oils, and grease (FOG) as well as other junk that should never have been flushed. (Hint: If it's not poo, pee, or toilet paper, it should not be flushed.) The big, long sewer full of goo was backing up sewer water and creating overflows. Keeping FOG out of drains (just scrape or wipe it into a jar or can, and let it harden overnight before putting it in the trash) will go a long way toward keeping future fatbergs from forming.

A fatberg the size of 2 football pitches was found in London's sewers

This gigantic fatberg, made up of oil, grease, wet wipes, and nappies, was found blocking London's sewer systems.

The huge blob weighed 130 tonnes - roughly the same weight as 11 double decker buses. It also measured 250 metres in length, which was about the same as two football pitches.

Thames Water engineers are working to clear the fatberg, which they think will take around three weeks.

Thames Water’s head of waste networks, Matt Rimmer, 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.


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15 tonne blob of fat found in sewer

Workers have cleared London's fatberg - a 15-tonne mass of clogging food grease and baby wipes that was preventing residents from flushing toilets.

It may look like an iceberg, but there's nothing cool about it.

Utility company Thames Water says it has discovered what it calls the biggest fatberg ever recorded in Britain - a 15-tonne blob of congealed fat and baby wipes lodged in a sewer drain.

That's enough wrongly flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes to fill a double-decker bus such as the famous London Routemaster, the company said.

Thames Water deals with fatbergs all the time, thanks to the widespread use of household oil and food fat. But few reach the mammoth size of the one found under a road in the London suburb of Kingston.

But with 108,000 kilometres of sewer pipes to monitor, and fatbergs forming around even a few wipes that catch on to a corner or a wall, Thames Water says it must be constantly vigilant.

This blockage - built up over an estimated six months - was discovered after residents in nearby apartment buildings were unable to flush their toilets.

Examination found that the mound of fat had reduced the 70-centimetre by 48-centimetre sewer to just 5 percent of its normal capacity. It damaged the sewers so badly that it will take six weeks to repair them.

The company said early today (NZ time) it was sharing news of the massive lard lump in hopes that customers will think twice about what they dump down the drain. It also released video footage of the fatberg, filmed by a remote vehicle gliding through the sewer like an underground amusement park ride.

The company says untreated fatbergs cause flooding and backups.

It's very lucky we caught this one, said Craig Rance, a spokesman for Thames Water.

Mind the fat.

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210ft-long fat berg blocking sewer in British seaside town

A fatberg longer than five double-decker buses has been found blocking a sewer in a seaside town.

The solid 210ft (64 metre) mound made up of hardened fat, wet wipes and grease, was found in a sewer in Sidmouth, Devon.

One of the biggest fatbergs ever found, it will take around eight weeks to remove it.

South West Water said it was the biggest it had ever found and it would take about eight weeks to remove it.

The firm's director of wastewater said he was thankful it was found 'in good time with no risk to bathing waters'.

Andrew Roantree said the discovery showed fatbergs were not only found in the UK's biggest cities, 'but right here in our coastal towns'.

Fatbergs form when people put things such as fat, wet wipes, sanitary towels, nappies and condoms, down sinks and toilets.

A 250m-long fatberg weighing 130 tonnes was famously found blocking a Victorian-era sewer in east London in 2017 and took nine weeks to remove.

A chunk of it subsequently went on show at the Museum of London and was hailed for increasing visitor numbers.

A South West Water spokesman said fatbergs of this size are expected in cites but not in towns like Sidmouth where it is almost unheard of.

South West Water's director of Wastewater, Andrew Roantree, said: 'It shows how this key environmental issue is not just facing the UK's cities but right here in our coastal towns.

'It is the largest discovered in our service history and will take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.

'Thankfully it has been identified in good time with no risk to bathing waters.

'If you keep just one new year's resolution this year, let it be to not pour fats, oil or grease down the drain, or flush wet-wipes down the loo. The consequences can be significant - including sewer flooding in your own home.

'Put your pipes on a diet and don't feed the fatberg.'

Sewer workers will require full breathing apparatus to carry out the removal, which will involve a combination of manual labour and special sewer-jetting equipment.

Sewer workers discovered the fatberg in Sidmouth in December but they will not find its exact size or weight until they start to remove it.

Work is due to start on February 4.

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