Tuesday, 6 August 2013

There'll be another one in five minutes

From The Evening Standard:

A lump of congealed fat the size of a bus has been removed from a London sewer.

The deposit, made up of rancid waste food fat and wet wipes flushed down the toilet caused damage to the sewer in Kingston. It was discovered after residents complained they were unable to flush their toilets.

CCTV in the sewer found the clump of fat had reduced the 70x48cm sewer to just five per cent of its normal capacity. Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water said:

"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.

"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."

I'm not sure you could fit a bus down a 70x48cm (27 9/16" x 18 14/16") pipe but there you go.


Derek said...

I wonder if it was enough fat to fry 400 servings of fish and chips.