by William White | August 6, 2013 2:51 pm
A 15-ton collection of fat and baby wipes was found in a Kingston sewer.
The “fatberg” was discovered by Thames Water, which often has to deal with these types of blockages, and it claims it’s the biggest one ever found in Britain. Fatbergs form when baby wipes catch on the sides and corners of sewers and begin to collect fat that has been dumped down drains. The fatberg was as big as a double-decker bus, and blocked 19 inches of the 28-inch sewer. The company says that the fatberg took about six months to form, and that it will take about six weeks to repair the damages that it caused to the pipes, reports WTOP.
Workers had to use shovels and jets of water to remove the fatberg.
A video of the giant fatberg can be seen here.
America has also had trouble with wipes that shouldn’t be flushed.
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