massive blob of food fat and baby wipes, dubbed Britain's largest-ever
"fatberg," has been removed from a London sewer, local water authorities
The utility company Thames Water spent three weeks
working to remove the fatberg, which was about the size of a bus. The
giant mass was discovered after nearby residents reported issues with
flushing their toilets, Thames Water said in a statement.
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," Gordon Hailwood, Thames Water's waste
contracts supervisor, said in the statement.
He also said that the
blob of fat was so big that it damaged the sewers. Repairs, which began
Monday, will take up to six weeks, according to the statement.
and businesses need to change their ways, when it comes to fat and
wipes, please remember: 'Bin it - don't block it,'" Hailwood said.
The fatberg could have potentially flooded homes and streets. It was discovered under London Road in Kingston, Surrey.