London’s Got A Fatberg Problem
There’s fat, and then there’s fat. In the tunnels under London’s Thames River, there’s a pretty monumental fat situation. The Thames Water utility company has found a 15-ton bus-shaped lump of fat (yes, actual fat) stuck in the drains under South London. The lump — get ready to gag! — is apparently full of sanitary wipes and rotting food, and takes up around 95 percent of the entire sewer tunnel space. Had workers not caught it in time, a fully clogged tunnel would have resulted in raw sewage exploding out of sewer grates.
Terrifyingly, this isn’t the first time London Water has uncovered a major fatberg.
“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 Thames Water supervisor Gordon Hailwood. Oh, you’ve seen other giant, menacing hunks of fat? “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.”
Scraping away and removing the fatberg will take around six weeks. Londoners are being asked to refrain from pouring used fat and grease down their sinks. (Well, duh). [Telegraph]