Fatberg 2: Thames Water Removes 250-foot Long Fatberg from Beneath London
Thames Water company in London removed another massive “fatberg” from a neighborhood in western London. The 250′ (80m) was a mixture of grease, nondispersible wipes and debris flushed down drains and toilets in the Shebard’s Bush area.
The pile of discarded fat, rags and trash filled a sewer line nearly as long as a 747 jumbo jet.
It took Thames Water workers four days to muck out the piles trash. The mounds of debris nearly filled the pipe completely and were a danger to nearby homes and businesses who might be flooded with sewage if the pipeline clogged and started to back-up.
“We spend $20 million a year tackling blockages, most of them formed because people have tipped cooking fats down the drain and wet wipes down the loo. The sewers serve an important purpose – they are not an abyss for household rubbish.” – Dave Dennis, Thames Water Sewer Operations Manager