The record-breaking fatberg was documented on video so that we can all learn from this experience.
A 15 ton “lump” or “fatberg” has been removed from the London sewer system, in what is definitely the weirdest, grossest story you will read today. The 30,000 pound (as in the unit of weight, not British currency), “bus-sized” fatberg was causing clogging issues within the London sewer system. Supervisor Gordon Hailwood released a statement on the fatberg:
“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.
“The sewer was almost completely clogged with over 15 tonnes of fat. If we hadn’t discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston.
“It was so big it damaged the sewer and repairs will take up to six weeks.
“Homes and businesses need to change their ways, when it comes to fat and wipes, please remember: ‘Bin it – don’t block it.’”
Personally, I find it reassuring that this fatberg is probably the largest in history. I would like to think of the fatberg as anomalous, and not something that happens in sewer systems across the world, which is probably the case. Either way, let’s all take a moment to thank London’s sewer workers and sewer workers everywhere for dealing with fatbergs whenever and wherever they arrive. This is one of those examples of public workers that you don’t realize are making your life a lot better, because we idle citizens aren’t going to go into the sewers and deal with the fatbergs ourselves.