Saturday, 23 September, 2017

'Monster' fatberg blocks sewer in London

Biggest ever fatberg 250 metres long weighing 130 tonnes discovered under London The enormous fatberg is located under Whitechapel London
Preston Stone | 13 September, 2017, 04:12

Thames Water, which has started a three-week "sewer war" against the monster, says that it is "a rock-solid mass of wet wipes, nappies [diapers], fat and oil weighing the same as 11 double decker buses".

Thames Water, which is in charge of London's water, said the fatberg was one of the largest it had ever seen.

"This fatberg is up there with the biggest we've ever seen".

Sewer workers investigating the 'berg say that over time it has solidified, and is now as hard to remove as concrete.

Thames Water officials said it is likely to take three weeks to dissolve the outsize fatberg.

Work in Whitechapel Road to remove the enormous fatberg has now started, with crews using high-powered jet hoses to break up the mass before suction tankers draw it out.

It will be broken up with high-pressure hoses before being taken to Stratford to be recycled.

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At least three have been wounded in land mine blasts, and dozens have drowned when boats capsized during sea crossings. The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.

"They cause big problems with flooding, as the waste outlet gets blocked". Parking bays have had to be cordon off while engineers get access to the sewer beneath the surface. "Often we have to shut roads entirely, which can cause widespread disruption, especially in London".

CCTV camera inspections revealed the 1200mm-high by 700mm-wide sewer was totally blocked by the fatberg, which is 3.5 meters below ground.

In this undated image released by Thames Water company, showing part of a 15 tonne lump of fat and other debris coagulated inside a main London city sewer.

The fatberg is also proof that Londoners have been flushing and draining things they definitely shouldn't.

An eight-man team will be required to remove the fatberg, which is 10 times the size of the one discovered in Kingston in 2013.

Mr Rimmer warned that fatbergs are not inevitable and that London's residents have a role to play in preventing their formation.

Among the most common causes of drain blockages are make-up and nappy wipes, fat and grease, chewing gum, dental floss, plasters and building debris.

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