Fatberg found in London sewer

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A 250-metre long fatberg weighing 130 tonnes has been found blocking a sewer in Whitechapel, London. Gross!!

The solid mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies and oil formed in the Victorian-era tunnel.

Thames Water described it as one of the largest it had seen and said it would take three weeks to remove. The fatberg is about as heavy as 11 double decker buses.

Eight workers will break up the mass with high-pressure hoses, suck up the pieces into tankers and take it to a recycling site in Stratford.

What causes fatbergs?
The company says fatbergs form when people put things they shouldn’t down sinks and toilets.

“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.” said Matt Rimmer, the company’s head of waste networks.
“The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish and our message to everyone is clear – please bin it – don’t block it.”

Infographic showing fatberg compared with Tower Bridge and a blue whale

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