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Monster fatberg longer than two football pitches found clogging east London sewer

13 September, 2017, 06:00 | Author: Jeff Stephens
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The 250-metre-long fatberg - a mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies and condoms - is as hard as concrete and Thames Water officials said it was likely to take three weeks to dissolve.

British engineers are working to rid a Victorian-era sewer tunnel in London of a "monster" fatberg as heavy as 11 double-decker buses.

Fatbergs are the result of millions of homes and restaurants ignoring advice not to pour cooking oil down drains and not to flush wet wipes and nappies down toilets.

Weighing the same as 11 double decker buses, the fatberg easily eclipses the one found in 2013 in Kingston, southwest London. It's taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as...

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CCTV camera inspections revealed the 1200mm-high by 700mm-wide sewer was totally blocked by the fatberg, which is 3.5 meters below ground.

Even scarier than the fatberg in London's sewers is what would have happened if inspectors hadn't found it: Raw sewage could have flooded onto the streets of the east London neighborhood where it formed, according to The Guardian.

Equipped with high-powered hoses, the workers are breaking up the fatberg then transporting its remnants off site for recycling.

"It's basically like trying to break up concrete", said Rimmer. Parking bays have had to be cordon off while engineers get access to the sewer beneath the surface.

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Rimmer added: "We check our sewers routinely but these things can build up really quickly and cause big problems with flooding, as the waste gets blocked".

In this undated image released by Thames Water company, showing part of a 15 tonne lump of fat and other debris coagulated inside a main London city sewer.

"The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish and our message to everyone is clear - please 'Bin it - don't block it"'.

The company spends approximately £1million a month clearing fatbergs and blockages, dealing with 55,000 of them every year.

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