London drain blocked by ‘fatberg’


LONDON – Weighing in at 15 tonnes and almost the size of a double decker bus. This is Britain’s biggest ever, ‘fatberg’ and it was discovered in Kingston-Upon-Thames threatening to blast through sewer pipes.

The fatberg is basically a congealed mass of rotting food and sanitary wipes among other things and was found to be clogging the drain pipes below the streets in London.

Had it not been removed it could have flooded homes and streets, claim Thames water.

The blockage was discovered when residents began to complain that they were unable to flush their toilets, little did they know what was actually lurking under the ground beneath them.

The water authority say that it damaged 20m of pipes and will take up to six weeks to be repaired.

‘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,’ said Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water.

‘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,’ he added.

The fatberg was so big it had reduced the 70cm by 48cm sewer to just five per cent of its normal capacity, Mr Haliwood added.

While he was relieved that they were able to avert tonnes of sewage flooding the streets and local area he did say that local’s needed to change their ways when it comes to disposing of fat and wipes.

The fatberg was discovered through CCTV investigations and repair work on the damaged pipe started today.

What do you guys think about this? How lucky are they to have adverted this spilling onto the streets? Or was it their fault either way? I mean they did cause the blockage and nobody else…Let us know in the comments below



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